Today I Learn… I make a point of learning something new everyday. This is what I learn each day

1, Jul 16, 2013

The Fattest country in the world? Not the U.S.

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Next time you hold a Mexican junk foodies with all the difficult-to-pronounced food names, remember this article — Mexico knocks U.S. off list of world’s fattest countries.

Yes, the news says Mexico has proudly overtaken the U.S. as the world’s fattest country in the according. This is according to the U.N report.

“Mexico is unlikely to boast about its newest global title any time soon. The United Nations announced recently that the Latin American country had overtaken the United States as the most overweight nation in the world. According to statistics, 33 percent of adult Mexicans are considered obese. When overweight Mexicans are included, the figure is much higher.”

Check out fat and calories before you eat these Mexican foods.

1, Jul 10, 2013

Not to be like this…

Filed under: Weight issue — admin @ 12:23 am

Thanks to Reuters coverage on “Most obese countries.”

Need to widen the pass

Still eating...

Still eating

The chair needs to be adjusted to the new trend

1, Jul 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July: eat and be happy, Obesity In America

Filed under: American Culture,Weight issue — admin @ 12:41 am

When I think of 4th of July, I think of America.
When I think of American, images of obese figures emerge. Therefore, ironically, celebration of America seems like celebration of obesity.

Thanks to NPR National Public Radio, we have these facts and numbers on obesity in America — “Obesity In America, By The Numbers” May 19, 2011. I know these figures are two years old and we surely have much more of them now. Still, isn’t that something that Mississippi has the highest obesity rate and also with the highest percentage of people living in poverty? This article presents many useful figures and facts on obesity in America.

Also, if Long John Silver’s is your favorite restaurant, read this one -‘Heart Attack On A Hook’: Meet America’s ‘Worst Restaurant Meal‘ – and think again next time you want to visit it.

1, Jan 27, 2013

Weight loss, remember this simple math, Part II

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Here are more of simple math of weight loss from yesterday’s article.

Start with this number: 3,500. That’s how many calories are stored in a pound of body fat. With that number you can tally up how much weight you can lose through activity, cutting calories, or both.

1. Walking or jogging uses roughly 100 calories per mile. So you’d lose a pound for every 35 miles you walk — provided you keep food intake and other activities constant.

2. If you walk briskly (at a pace of 4 miles per hour) for 30 minutes on five out of seven days, you’ll log 10 miles a week. That means it would take three-and-a-half weeks to lose one pound if the number of calories you consume stays the same.

3. If you alter your diet and cut back by 250 calories a day (½ cup of ice cream or two sugar-sweetened sodas), you’d lose a pound in two weeks.

4. By eating 250 fewer calories and walking for 30 minutes a day, it would take just over a week to lose one pound. Reducing calorie intake even more and exercising more would further speed the process.

1, Jan 26, 2013

Weight loss, remember this simple math, Part I

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On 1/13/2013, I read this piece from Harvard Medical School newsletter, “Simple math equals easy weight loss.” Below are the interesting facts.

A few minutes of pleasure from eating a candy bar need:
Nearly 3/4 of an hour to burn off the calories of a candy bar.

To lose 1 pound by exercising, you need to burn approximately 3,500 calories. It can take a few days of moderate exercise to do this.

A strategy for weight loss always involves a two-pronged approach:
(1) exercising and
(2) cutting calories
To be continued…

1, Oct 2, 2012

Obesity among Hispanics

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I read this piece of news on Friday, 9/21 “Cancer now No. 1 killer of U.S. Hispanics” by Dr. Otis Brawley, Special to CNN. Toward the end of the article, the author yields some figures on obesity among Hispanics, which come as a bit surprise.

“Hispanics do have higher diagnosis and death rates from cancers of the stomach, liver, cervix and gallbladder.

The triad of poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and obesity is the second leading  cause of cancer in the United States, surpassed only by tobacco use.

This triad is an especially significant problem among Hispanic women. Current data  indicate that among Hispanics, 43% of women and 34% of men are obese. This compares with  33% of all women in the United States and 32% of all men.”

I don’t know why. It could be because of Mexican foods or because they are not physically active or the combination of both. I will read more on this so that I can tell my children not to eat too much of their food if food is the culprit.

1, Sep 18, 2012

Take off extra weight before chronic disease develops

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On 8/29, I read an article “Secret to Active 80s? Fitness-Heavy 40s” by Drs. SHARI BARNETT and SWATI SHROFF. It reports the result of a study on being fit at 40 and the quality of life at 80.

“This new study observed men and women older than 65 and enrolled in Medicare, and found that those with higher midlife fitness levels had fewer chronic diseases decades later in life.”

“In general, we saw if you increased your fitness by 20 percent, you would decrease your disease burden by 20 percent.” “The benefit of fitness persists to the end of life,” Berry said.

Higher midlife fitness also appeared to delay the development of the chronic diseases; those with a higher level of midlife fitness spent a greater proportion of their final five years of life with a lower burden of chronic disease, suggesting an improvement in not only quantity, but quality of life.

“The best time to take off extra weight is before chronic disease develops.”

1, Aug 9, 2012

America is number one on bathroom scale

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We are all too familiar with the worrisome weight issue of the Americans. Still, I was a bit surprised when I read this one.

During the weekend of 7/14/, I read this piece of information on world’s heaviest countries on average person from Time magazine of July 9, 2012 issue.

World average pound per person: 137 pounds.
Some of the overweight countries are:
Egypt: 163 pounds
United Arab Emirates: 167 pounds
Croatia: 168 pounds
Qatar: 169 pounds
Kuwait: 171 pounds
The winner is —
The United States: 180 pounds!!

People living in desert heat countries spending more time in air-conditioned room have excuse for the extra pounds when they don’t have enough outdoor exercise.

But what excuses do Americans have, other than an unhealthy lifestyle in which overeating replaces exercise?

1, Jun 13, 2012

Cool facts from Harvard Health Publications on weight problem, 2

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Continued from yesterday
Here are five tips to create a healthful diet that you can enjoy.
1) Learn to think about food in a new way. Years ago, meat and potatoes were the American ideal. Now we know that vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and fish are best.

2) Experiment with new recipes and meal plans. Be creative and take chances. Instead of dreading your new diet, have fun with it.

3) Change slowly. By the time you are 40, you’ll have eaten some 40,000 meals—and lots of snacks besides. Give yourself time to change, targeting one item a week.

Start with breakfast, switching from eggs, bacon, donuts, white toast, or bagels to oatmeal or bran cereal and fruit. If you just can’t spare 10 minutes for a sit-down breakfast, grab high-fiber cereal bars instead of donuts or muffins.

Next, try out salads, low-fat yogurt or low-fat cottage cheese, tuna or peanut butter sandwiches, and fruit for lunch.

Snack on unsalted nuts, trail mix, fruit, raw veggies, Rye Krisp, or graham crackers. Try eating a few handfuls of a crunchy fiber cereal such as Kashi, or nibble on a cereal bar.

For dinner, experiment with fish, skinless poultry, beans, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, and, of course, salads and veggies.

Fruit and low-fat frozen desserts are examples of desirable after-dinner treats. And there’s nothing wrong with the occasional cake, pie, or chocolates as long as the portions are moderate.

4) Be relaxed about your diet. You will never find a perfect food. Not everything on your plate needs to have a higher purpose. Take your tastes and preferences into account. If roast beef is your favorite food, it is okay to eat it—but try to make it a Sunday treat instead of a daily staple. The choices are your—and the better your overall diet, the more “wiggle room” you’ll have to indulge your passions.

5) Take a long-range view. Don’t get down on yourself if you slip up or “cheat” from time to time. Don’t worry about every meal, much less every mouthful. Your nutritional peaks and valleys will balance out if your overall dietary pattern is sound.

1, Jun 12, 2012

Cool facts from Harvard Health Publications on weight problem

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On 5/16/2012, I learned some not cool facts from Harvard Health Publications.

1. What you eat affects your appearance, your energy and comfort, and—above all—your health.

2. America is on the wrong track. 2 out of 3 are overweight or obese.

Diabetes and high blood pressure are on the rise. Heart attacks, strokes, and cancer are distressingly common. Many factors contribute to these complex problems, but the basic reasons are simple: we eat too much, we choose the wrong foods, and we don’t get enough exercise.

3. Scientists know what diet is best for health. The fine print has changed and is likely to change some more, but the key facts are in.

4. Good eating is not a punishment, but an opportunity. If you know why it’s important and what to do, you’ll find it enjoyable and satisfying. And if you establish an overall pattern of healthful nutrition, you’ll have plenty of wiggle room to savor the treats that matter most to you.

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