|Less Sleep in Teen Years Tied to More Pounds at 21
Less Sleep in Teen Years Tied to More Pounds at 21 THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Lack of sleep not only puts teens at risk for poor grades, it also puts them at increased risk for obesity, researchers warn. The study authors analyzed data collected from more than 10,000 Americans when they were aged 16 and 21. Nearly one-fifth of them got less than six hours of sleep a night when they were age 16, and this group was 20 percent more likely to be obese at age 21 than those who got more than ...
Health Tip: Eating When You're Not Hungry
Health Tip: Eating When You're Not Hungry (HealthDay News) -- Eating when you're not hungry can pack on unnecessary pounds and calories. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says common triggers for eating when not hungry include: Seeing your favorite snacks when you enter the pantry. Watching TV. Passing by the vending machines at work. Dealing with a stressful situation. Being bored.
Health Tip: Teach Your Child to Read Food Labels
Health Tip: Teach Your Child to Read Food Labels (HealthDay News) -- Teaching a child to make healthy food choices empowers the child to lead a healthier lifestyle when he or she is grown. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these tips about children and food labels: Before choosing a snack, encourage your child to check its label for calories and fat. Have your child measure what he or she considers an appropriate serving size, then show the actual serving size. Pre-portion your child's snack...
Action-Packed TV a Threat to Your Waistline?
Action-Packed TV a Threat to Your Waistline? MONDAY, Sept. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Watching action shows on TV may be bad for your waistline, a new study contends. People eat much more snack food while watching action films and programs than something less exciting, according to the Cornell University researchers. "We find that if you're watching an action movie while snacking your mouth will see more action too," study author Aner Tal, of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, said in a university news re...
Low-Carb Beats Low-Fat for Weight Loss, Heart Health: Study
Low-Carb Beats Low-Fat for Weight Loss, Heart Health: Study MONDAY, Sept. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For people who want to lose weight and boost their heart health, cutting down on carbohydrates may work better than trimming dietary fat, a new study suggests. In a small clinical trial of obese adults, researchers found that those assigned to follow a low-carbohydrate diet lost more weight over a year than those who followed a low-fat plan. They also had bigger improvements in their cholesterol and tri...
Quality of U.S. Diet Improves, Slightly
Quality of U.S. Diet Improves, Slightly MONDAY, Sept. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The quality of Americans' diets has improved somewhat but remains poor overall, and dietary disparity between the rich and poor is growing, a new study shows. "The study provides the most direct evidence to date that the extensive efforts by many groups and individuals to improve U.S. dietary quality are having some payoff, but it also indicates that these efforts need to be expanded," study author Dong Wang, a doctoral st...
Train Your Brain to Choose Fruit Salad Over French Fries
Train Your Brain to Choose Fruit Salad Over French Fries MONDAY, Sept. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- You may be able to convince your brain that healthy foods taste better than unhealthy ones, new research suggests. The study included eight overweight and obese people who were enrolled in a newly designed weight-loss program meant to change how people react to different foods. These participants were compared to a control group of five overweight and obese people who weren't in the program. Both groups ha...
'Half a Glass' Rule May Curb Overdrinking
'Half a Glass' Rule May Curb Overdrinking WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pouring half a glass of wine at a time may keep you from drinking too much, according to a new study. Researchers asked 74 college students and staff to pour red and white wines in different settings and from bottles that had varying amounts of wine in them. The participants were told to pour an amount they considered normal. Those who had a "rule of thumb" about how much to pour -- such as limiting it to half a glass...
Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks
Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered "intensive" counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week. The recommendations come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel that reviews medical research and makes recommendations on preventive care. The group's latest guidelines are aimed at a large swat...
Health Tip: Help Prevent Foodborne Illness
Health Tip: Help Prevent Foodborne Illness (HealthDay News) -- Keeping your hands, utensils, food and work station clean are among the best ways to prevent foodborne illness. The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service offers this advice: Always keep hands clean, washing frequently and thoroughly. Wear clean disposable gloves if you have any type of hand wound. Wash cutting board before and after using, and sanitize when necessary. Don't re-use unwashed utensils or dishes that have touched raw meat. Tho...
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