January 6, 2014

A Surprise to Nobody with Eyes

1 Fewer Americans Than Ever Are Dieting

The percentage of adult Americans who say they want to lose 20 pounds hasn't changed much over the years, but the number who are actively dieting has plummeted since 1991, when nearly one in every three Americans were, to just 19 percent today, according to a survey by the marketing research company The NPD Group. This is the lowest percentage of U.S. dieters recorded by the company in thirty years of tracking. One reason for the decline may be economical: NPD found that Americans are now focusing on eating healthier to begin with rather than committing to formal and sometimes costly weight-loss programs. Weight Watchers reports an 8.5 percent decline in business from a year ago, for example. NPD also found that Americans have become more accepting of excess weight in general.

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

Previously: Dieters Going Retro with Tricks from 60s, 70s

Tags: Dieting Trends, Dieters in the U.S., Number of Dieters in Decline, Weight-Loss Trends, Attitudes Toward Overweight

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

2 Life-Threatening Temps Spur Danger Warnings

Record cold temperatures grip much of the U.S.’s midsection today. The Great Lakes region has temps in the negative 20s and many residents are under health warnings to stay indoors. Minneapolis issued a "Particularly Dangerous Situation" warning about the "historic and life-threatening cold," a warning that’s typically issued for tornadoes. CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen warns that frostbite occurs in 10 minutes with wind chills of -35 degrees. This past week, at least 13 people died due to weather-related causes including a man in WI who died of hypothermia. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said 100 warming centers were open statewide to address the needs of those who are without power due to recent storms. The bitter cold is expected to hit the northeast and mid-Atlantic states tomorrow.

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

Previously: Health Problems Spike After Sandy

Tags: Hypothermia, Frostbite, Dave Hennen, Governor Pat Quinn, Record Low Temperatures Grip U.S.

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Olive Oil Frees Man from Washer

3 Naked Man Rescued After Bad Hide and Seek

Olive oil was used as a lubricant in the rescue of a naked man trapped inside a top-loading washing machine in Australia. The incident took place Saturday in Mooroopna town, which is located north of Melbourne. BBC reports that it took 20 minutes to free the man who wanted to surprise his partner during a game of hide-and-seek. While little is known about this bold hide-and-seek player, some reports claim he’s 20 years old. Sergeant Michelle De Araugo was quoted as saying that it’s “fair to say the gentleman was very embarrassed.” BBC reports that another officer cautioned against the misuse of household equipment. So, now you know better.

More at BBC | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Olive Oil Scent May Help Curb Appetites

Tags: Bad Hide and Seek Moves, Naked Man Rescued Front Loading Washer, Front Loading Washing Machine Problems

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Go Ahead and Exaggerate

4 Baby Talk Makes Sense for Learning Babies

One-on-one baby talk is linked with better language development in children, find researchers. The researchers compared baby-talk style conversations and conversations using regular speech, both in a group setting and one-on-one between a parent and child. Researchers discovered that the more parents exaggerated vowels and raised the pitch of their voices during one-on-one conversations using baby talk, the more the one-year-olds babbled. Babbling is considered a forerunner of world production. Researchers say that the baby talk was most effective for children when the parent spoke to the child without other adults or children present. The findings will be published in Developmental Science.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Baby Geniuses

Tags: University of Connecticut, University of Washington, Baby Talk Helpful, How Talk to Babies, Infant Language Development

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