“Depression puts low-income population at even greater risk for obesity and poor nutrition”

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This March 10, 2015 Science Daily article talks about ongoing research that could be showing that treating the mental health issues of low-income people may help decrease obesity rates among this population.  The study paid close attention to low-income African-Americans in 2 separate Pittsburgh neighborhoods to see if there was any patterns to be uncovered.

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“Study Finds Adults With Autism More Prone To Chronic Disease”

 

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Chronic Disease (Photo credit: tamahaji)

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This May 14, 2014 Disability Scoop article talks about a recent study that seems to sho that people with Autism Spectrum Disorder are more prone to chronic diseases including but not limited to obesity and hypertension.  The study also found that the number of people with Autism who smoke was lower than what is found in the population of people who do not have Autism.

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“The Benefits of Cooking with Your Kids”

Amazing Cooking Kids

Amazing Cooking Kids (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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This March 14, 2014 article on the AETNA Intellihealth website talks about ways that parents can teach their kids to eat healthier by including them in meal planning and preparation.

 

 

 

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“Obese Girls Prone to Poorer Grades, Study Suggests”

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This March 11, 2014 Health Day article on the Philly.com website talks about a study that seems to show a link between obesity in girls and an increased risk of poor grades in school.

 

Two mice; the mouse on the left has more fat s...

Two mice; the mouse on the left has more fat stores than the mouse on the right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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“10 Tips to Fool Yourself Into Getting Fit: How to trick yourself into exercising when you’d rather skip it”

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This February 21, 2014 Next Avenue article talks about ways to help overcome our desire to skip exercising on days we don’t feel like doing it.  The tips are actually pretty simple and as I read over them I realized I already do a few of them myself.  The tip about keeping workout videos in plain sight is one I’ve done for a long time, only in my case its my “Wii Fit Plus” and “Walk It Out” games for my Wii that I keep out in plain sight.  I use walking to the store to pickup one or 2 things as an excuse to go for a walk on days I don’t feel like doing it, and as suggested in the tips, I find that if I set a goal of a specific destination to walk that I will get creative and my impulsiveness kicks in and I find myself taking a different route because I’m bored with the usual route (having ADHD can be a benefit sometimes when it comes to walking different routes).  Other things I do, is since I’m huge on using my tablet pc to help keep me on track with appointments, I’ll include reminders on it to go for a walk or have my ride drop me off further from the entrance to a building I need to go into, and even things like reminding myself to drink enough water.  I also will put little notes of encouragement for myself with little things like “If you exercised today, Keep it up!” or asking myself “How far did you walk today?”  simply putting those questions in are helpful to me in reminding myself to exercise.

 

English: Logo for Wii Fit Plus.

English: Logo for Wii Fit Plus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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“How inactivity is really hurting our children”

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This February 5, 2014 article talks about the difference in the number of kids who walked or rode bikes to school in the 60’s compared to those who walk or ride bikes now and how this seems to correlate with the change in rates of obesity among teens.  The article also offers suggestions on how to help your child combat inactivity by doing as little as 1 hour of physical activity each day.

 

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“Diet Soda: Fewer Calories In The Glass May Mean More On The Plate”

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This January 17, 2014, NPR: The Salt article talks about ongoing research that looks at diet sodas and whether they help or hinder with weight loss.  The findings seem to be indicating that people who drink diet sodas tend to eat more calories worth of solid food than folks who drink regular sodas.  They also found that folks who drink diet sodas tend to gain weight and are more likely to become obese then people who don’t drink diet sodas.

English: Diet Coke Products

English: Diet Coke Products (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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