Being polite may pack on extra weight during the holidays Who you’re standing next to at the snack table can determine what you choose to eat — and in turn how many pounds you gain — over the holiday season. How? Two new studies explain how our eating habits during December can sabotage our weight loss efforts the rest of the year. [John Mariani/Bloomberg files; Jana Chytiloya/Postmedia News files]
On fat-shaming, and why being mean will help no one get lean Many have argued that if we get in our own way on the path to healthfulness, we have only ourselves to blame, Jennifer Sygo writes this week, but is that really helping us in the fight against obesity in our societies? [Photo credit: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images files]
Skipping breakfast raises risk of heart attack: Harvard study Eating that first meal of the day on waking may be something older men want to consider if they hope to keep their risk of heart attack at bay, a new study underlining the importance of breakfast to heart health suggests. [National Post files]
Municipal officials are offering a gram of gold — worth about $45 at current prices — for each kilogram of weight lost in a 30-day challenge. The minimum drop is two kilograms, or 4.4 pounds, to cash in. (Photo: Kamran Jebreili/The Associated Pres)
Dietitian Jennifer Sygo’s four strategies for shedding weight this spring If you’re trying to shed excess weight this spring, start by ditching the leftover Easter candy, adding some protein and considering a raw component in your daily diet. Jennifer Sygo goes over some surefire ways to get your healthier regimen off the ground. [Photo credit: Peter J. Thompson/National Post files]
How medical science got it exactly wrong on childhood food allergies How prevalent are food allergies? According to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, the prevalence of children under the age of 18 afflicted with food allergies increased by 18% from 1997 to 2007. For certain food allergies, the increase has been even steeper. Children in North America and the U.K., for example, have seen the prevalence of peanut allergies double in a decade, according to a 2008 study published by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. And a Canadian study about peanut allergies conducted on Montreal families showed an increase from 1.34% in the 2000-2002 period to 1.62% prevalence in the 2005-2007 period.
“We don’t have a good explanation for why that is,” Papadopoulos said. “But delayed introduction does seem to be a factor.” (Getty Images/Thinkstock)
Could an egg a day help keep a growing waistline at bay? A new study examining the eating patterns of teenage girls in the U.S. and the effects those habits have on feelings of hunger and obesity has found that yes, eating breakfast is bad. How bad? It can directly lead to getting fat. The good news? Eating breakfast, especially when it includes ample protein, may help protect against hunger cravings and the risk of obesity. [Photo credit: Oliver Berg/AFP/Getty Images files]