Health & Fitness in the News – 23/06/2011

Exercise and Industry

1. Kids want to be fit – it’s up to us to help them! – The Mirror

As well as training, schools have been teaching lessons on the importance of healthy eating. The UK has reached an epidemic in childhood obesity and currently one in three children is classed as clinically obese when they leave primary school.
The Mirror

Health and Lifestyle

1. Want to lose weight? Then eat extra helpings of yoghurt and nuts – The Telegraph

Experts have found that the more good food in one’s diet, the more weight one loses over the long term. Their study of almost 120,000 people, five-sixths of whom were women, discovered that extra helpings of yoghurt, nuts, fruit, whole grains and vegetables were all linked to weight loss. The team, from Harvard School of Public Health, quantified the effect that eating particular types of food daily had on weight gain or loss.
The Telegraph

2. Caveman diet voted best way to lose weight (by readers of a report that found it least effective) – Daily Mail

Even celebrity favourites, such as the Dash diet and the South Beach diet failed to find favour with consumers. And only around a fifth of readers rated the Zone diet, which is said to count Jennifer Aniston among its fans. Today, advocates of the Paleo diet published a response to the U.S. News and World report. Loren Cordain, professor of health and exercise at Colorado State University, explained how the regime had been proven to reduce blood pressure and insulin resistance in no less than five studies
Daily Mail

3. City dwellers suffer most stress – The Telegraph

The biological reasons were unknown, but new research, reported in Nature, shows different parts of the brain are used depending on where you live. City residents place more stress on the amygdala, which is involved with emotional regulation and mood, whereas country dwellers show more activity in the cingulate cortex – associated with regulating stress.
The Telegraph

4.  Potato chips are piling on the pounds, study finds – The Guardian

Weight problems are epidemic. Two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity has tripled in the past three decades. Pounds often are packed on gradually over decades, and many people struggle to limit weight gain without realizing what’s causing it. The new study finds food choices are key. The message: Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts. Cut back on potatoes, red meat, sweets and soda.
The Guardian