August 10, 2013

Different Unhealthy Lifestyles

1 Americans’ Bodily Toxins Vary By Wealth

Based on data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, rich and poor Americans alike experience buildups of environmental toxins in their bodies, but the toxins vary by economic status and lifestyle. Those able to dine on lean seafood and sushi tend to have higher levels of pollutants that are generally found in fish and shellfish, such as mercury, arsenic, cesium and thallium. They also test higher for benzophenone-3, an active ingredient in sunscreens used by those able to spend time working on the perfect tan. By contrast, persons in lower economic strata have higher levels of lead and cadmium, which are associated with smoking, and of Bisphenol-A, a plastic used as a liner for cans and other food containers which is banned in many parts of the world.

More at Qz.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: FDA to Investigate BPA in Food Packaging

Tags: Environmental Toxins, Toxins in Food, Food Packaging Hazards, Toxins in US Population, Bodily Toxins Vary by Economic Status

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Coke, Pepsi & Dr. Pepper

2 Soda Industry Reeling Under Sales Declines

Due to unrelenting research that has tied obesity to sugary beverages, and linked diet drinks to other possible health risks, the fortunes, or at least the U.S. sales, of Big Soda seem to be in decline. PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper have all seen significant falloffs in sales volume since the end of the 20th century. In this year's second quarter alone, volume is down 3.5 percent for PepsiCo and 4 percent for Coke compared to a year ago. Americans’ per capita soda consumption has sagged from 54 gallons per year in 1998 to just 44 gallons in 2012, the lowest level since 1987. The overall decline is attributed to rising health consciousness in general and changes in beverage consumption patterns among young people, who are increasingly turning to water as their drink of choice.

More at Thedailybeast.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Are Soda Companies Shifting Fat Blame?

Tags: Soda Industry, Sugary Sodas, Sales of Soft Drinks, Coca-Cola Sales, PepsiCo Sales, Sweetened Beverages Less Popular

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Costs Are Still Prohibitive

3 More Couples Turning to Surrogacy

Jimmy Fallon recently revealed that his infant daughter, Winnie Rose, was born via a gestational surrogate - and, while it’s still rare, using a surrogate is becoming more accepted in the US. In fact, more US couples are turning to surrogacy to start or grow their families according to statistics from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine that chart a slow but steady increase in surrogacy births since 2004 when 738 babies were born via surrogacy. That number doubled in 2011 to 1,593 babies born via surrogacy. But because surrogacy is expensive and most insurance companies don’t cover the costs which can run upwards of $100,000 for medical, legal and surrogacy fees, it’s still an option for the privileged and famous, including Sara Jessica Parker and Giuliana Rancic.

More at NBCNews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Star Couple Announces Birth of Baby Girl

Tags: American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Pregnancy, Gestational Surrogacy, Surrogacy, Surrogate Birth, Jimmy Fallon, Sara Jessica Parker, Sandra Bullock, Celebrity Couples, Celebrity Babies

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