Exercise? Fat Lot of Good
New research finds that getting on the treadmill is much less effective for shedding girth than eating less.
The Times remarks that when in 1932 one of America’s leading obesity experts said his patients lost more weight in bed than when exercising, it was one of those "ha ha" moments in medical history comparable to doctors prescribing cigarettes "to clear the lungs". But with 90 per cent of today’s children predicted to be overweight or obese adults the importance of exercise is uppermost in our psyches. But, recent studies show that the benefits of exercise to weight loss have been "over stated". Professor Boyd Swinburn, director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention, says: "This is provocative in many ways . . . but my concern is that if we put the emphasis on exercise we are unlikely to tackle the obesity problem as we are not driving at the root cause."
These five main food groups are important for your brain's health and likely to boost the production of feel-good chemicals.
We all know eating “healthy” food is good for our physical health and can decrease our risk of developing diabetes, cancer, obesity and heart disease. What is not as well known is that eating healthy food is also good for our mental health and can decrease our risk of depression and anxiety.
Infographics show the classes and anxieties in the supposedly classless U.S. economy.
For those of us who follow politics, we’re used to commentators referring to the President’s low approval rating as a surprise given the U.S.'s “booming” economy. This seeming disconnect, however, should really prompt us to reconsider the measurements by which we assess the health of an economy. With a robust U.S. stock market and GDP and low unemployment figures, it’s easy to see why some think all is well. But looking at real U.S. wages, which have remained stagnant—and have, thus, in effect gone down given rising costs from inflation—a very different picture emerges. For the 1%, the economy is booming. For the rest of us, it’s hard to even know where we stand. A recent study by Porch (a home-improvement company) of blue-collar vs. white-collar workers shows how traditional categories are becoming less distinct—the study references "new-collar" workers, who require technical certifications but not college degrees. And a set of recent infographics from CreditLoan capturing the thoughts of America’s middle class as defined by the Pew Research Center shows how confused we are.
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