Thursday, January 12, 2006

Actually some good news for obesity...unless you live in Italy

A survey of 1900 Americans yesterday reported somewhat shocking results. The percentage of Americans who viewed overweight people as less attractive dropped from 55% back in 1986 to 24% today. Given the rapid rise in overweight and obesity rates, that's actually fairly good news - especially considering that obesity certainly is still considered by many to be an acceptable target for scorn.

Of course, that's an American survey. Results were also released yesterday regarding a survey conducted in Italy that showed that Italians viewed obesity as "worse than adultery" in the hierarchy of deadly sins.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

TV vs. BOB - Who Ya Got?

As many people know, TV viewing increases the risk of childhood obesity. In fact, it has been shown that the risk of obesity in pre-school children increases by 6% for every hour of television he or she watches per day and if there's a TV in their bedroom, their risk rises by 31%

Enter BOB. BOB helps parents manage their child's TV time. It utilizes a personal PIN number and allows parents to set the number of hours a child is allowed to watch television per week and also provides individual user reports for each PIN.

So TV vs. BOB....who ya got?

Monday, January 02, 2006

If you're trying to lose weight, stop reading this!

Dr. Angelo Tremblay and researchers out of Quebec did a fascinating study. They took 15 University students and randomized them into two groups. One group sat and rested for 45 minutes. The other group had to read a document and write a 450 word summary of it. They were then all led to an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Guess what, the people who spent time thinking ate considerably more than those who rested.

Are you still reading? For heaven's sake stop already, you're going to get hungry!