Most Americans spend too much time sitting, study finds – CBS News

Couch Potato Nation: Nearly half of Americans sit for far too many hours a day and don’t get any exercise at all, a new study finds. A survey of some 5,900 adults found that nearly 26 percent sit for more than eight hours a day, 45 percent don’t get any moderate or vigorous exercise during the week, and about 11 percent sit more than eight hours a day and are physically inactive.

“Being sedentary increases the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and dying early,” said lead author Emily Ussery.

She is an epidemiologist at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ussery pointed out that sitting may not be bad in itself, but is a proxy for not getting enough exercise.

Study co-author Peter Katzmarzyk added, “In recent years, we have begun to understand the health hazards of excessive sitting.”

Although all the reasons why prolonged sitting is unhealthy aren’t known, Katzmarzyk speculates that “when people sit, they deactivate the large muscles in their legs, and this has a host of metabolic consequences that seem to be harmful.”

Source: Most Americans spend too much time sitting, study finds – CBS News

Advocates Worry About Fitness Tracker Data Privacy: NPR

But just how much fitness trackers contribute — if at all — to better health and lower health care spending isn’t yet known. Among the studies that cast doubt on their effectiveness is one published in 2016 by the University of Pittsburgh. That research found young adults who used fitness trackers in the study lost less weight than those in a control group who self-reported their exercise and diet.

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Obesity pill aims to kill hunger by expanding in your stomach

An obesity pill that expands into a gel almost 100 times its original size after being swallowed has moved one step closer to approval. The product is called Gelesis100 and is a capsule that contains little particles made up of cellulose, a fibre found in plants, and citric acid, which is found in fruits. When the particles come into contact with water, they soak up more than 100 times their weight and form a super-absorbent hydrogel, similar in consistency to tapioca pudding. This fills the stomach and

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Obese kids less often demonstrate coping skills, academic interest

Obese children may be less likely to meet a set of five markers for childhood flourishing that include academic and emotional skills, a new analysis of U.S. survey data suggests. Those markers include completing homework, caring about academics, finishing tasks, staying calm when challenged and showing interest in learning, according to the study authors who presented their results on November 3 at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

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Feedee web model weighing 29st hopes to become heaviest woman in Guinness Book | Daily Star

She explained: “If you’re a feedee, it’s a fetish involving eating, stuffing, and gaining weight. If you’re a feeder, it’s a fetish around feeding someone, stuffing them and helping them gain weight. “I literally don’t eat anything at all unless it is provided to me by a feeder. I grew up homeless so food was hard to come by. “If someone ever fed me, it was done out of love. I also spent most my life with anorexia, food was this great big forbidden thing that existed just to torment me. “So a few years a

Source: Feedee web model weighing 29st hopes to become heaviest woman in Guinness Book | Daily Star

Should We Continue To Subsidize Sugar In The Food Stamps Program? : The Salt : NPR

However, since taxpayers foot the roughly $70 billion bill for SNAP each year, critics question whether it makes sense to support the purchase of sugary drinks, which have been shown to play a significant role in weight gain and the onset of Type 2 diabetes. “Low-income American adults now consume nearly two [sugar-sweetened beverage] servings a day, and for every one to two daily servings consumed, the lifetime risk of developing diabetes increases by 30 percent,” according to a paper published this year

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Why French kids don’t get fat – and British ones do | The Spectator

The reason for the supersize difference in weight between British and French children is simple: the French are better parents. They are stricter and more mature. They don’t see their children as their friends; they are their offspring, to be educated, disciplined and controlled. The French aren’t afraid to say non.

Source: Why French kids don’t get fat – and British ones do | The Spectator

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Rise of obesity and diabetes could exacerbate future flu pandemics

Researchers are yet to fully understand why people with conditions such as diabetes and obesity are more likely to be hospitalised or die from flu but they think these conditions could alter the body’s immune response, reducing the ability to fight the virus.

“There’s been an incredible rate of increase of diabetes and obesity even in my lifetime,” said Dr Short. “This has significant implications on infectious diseases and the spread of infectious disease.”

Source: Rise of obesity and diabetes could exacerbate future flu pandemics