Your Address Can Make You Fat

Article in The Toronto Star at TheStar.com.   Read it!

“In a recent study, researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo looked at women’s body mass index in relation to their neighbourhoods’ food amenities.

They found that women who lived near a supermarket tended to have a lower body mass index, meaning they were less likely to be obese, than those closer to a convenience store. Most convenience stores don’t offer healthy foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables or whole-grain products.

And the researchers found that residing near restaurant row was associated with widening waistlines. “The greater number of restaurants within a five-minute walk, the higher the woman’s BMI,” explains study author Samina Raja, associate professor of urban and regional planning at SUNY Buffalo.”

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7 Fat Habits

The journal Obesity did a study on eating habits at an all-u-can-eat buffet and came up with 7 habits of obese people.  Here they are:

  1. They choose bigger plates and bigger cups over smaller ones.
  2. They ate while looking at the buffet (i.e. more food).
  3. They eat with efficiency and chose not to use chopsticks.  They would eat fast.
  4. They cleaned their plates.
  5. They chewed less before swallowing.
  6. They didn’t look over the buffet before dishing up – instead they started loading up from the get-go where as lean people scouted out the buffet and picked their top-fav dishes.
  7. They skipped breakfast.

January 9, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Interesting Articles, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Vitamin D can help you lose weight?

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A study at the University of Minnesota showed that there is a relationship between vitamin D levels in the body and weight loss. 

Doctors measured vitamin D in 38 obese patients before and after a weight loss program. Results suggest higher vitamin D levels may increase Doctors measured both the active and inactive levels of vitamin D in 38 obese patients before and after an eleven-week weight loss program. The findings suggest that vitamin D may play a role in weight loss in conjunction withe low cal diet. 

This does not mean  that low levels of vitamin D can cause obesity.   To load up on vitamin D-rich foods eat fish (herring, tuna, roe, salmon mackeral, sardines), cod liver oil supplements, eggs, fortified breakfast cereals and juice or get about 15min of sunlight a day (any more use sunscreen!).

References:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/153669.php

http://www.weightlossforall.com/foods-rich-vitamin-D.htm

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitamind.asp

July 2, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Interesting Articles. Leave a comment.

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