The merits of the Mediterranean diet are making a splash in the news these days. Not only is olive oil a staple of this diet; it is actually the principal fat listed in the Mediterranean diet pyramid (see the
May 2003 issue of IDEA Health & Fitness Source).
A holy trinity of religious diet books is shouting out the praises of the Lord and healthy eating. While each book extols the benefits of a different diet, all are based on Biblical passages and pay homage to natural foods.
The Hallelujah Diet by the Rev. George Malkmus features a vegan eating plan that borrows from the foods eaten in the Garden of Eden (e.g., fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds). Drawing
on the Book of Genesis, the diet bans all animal products, except for honey, and promotes an
80% raw diet.
Do Americans know they’re fat? According to a recent Associated Press (AP) poll, many are in denial.
The poll, conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs between May 17 and 19,
included a representative sample of 1,000 adults nationwide. The AP asked for weight and height and used a government formula to determine if interviewees were overweight.
Six in 10 who qualified as overweight said they were at a healthy weight. Only one-quarter of those who were obese considered themselves very overweight, and just 12% said they were currently on diets.
Liposuction Doesn’t Improve
Metabolic Risk Factors
In their quest to lose weight, more people than ever are turning to cosmetic surgery. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 384,000 people opted for liposuction procedures in 2003—a 3% increase from 2002. While liposuction may make people look leaner, a new study in the June 17 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (2004; 350, 2549–57) indicates it won’t necessarily improve health issues related to obesity.
Worried that your clients are not getting enough water to fuel their workouts? Don't be, says a new report issued by the National Academies of Sciences' Institute of Medicine. The vast majority of healthy people apparently meet their daily hydration requirements simply by paying attention to how thirsty they are! Equally surprising to some may be the report's finding that beverages other than water–such as coffee, tea, colas and even moderate amounts of alcohol–can contribute to total water intake.
Fortifying grain products with folic acid was originally intended to reduce the incidents of birth defects. Now a new study indicates that folic acid fortification may also have a considerable effect on cardiovascular disease, preventing an estimated 31,000 deaths from stoke and 17,000 deaths from heart disease each year.
Don't be surprised if the next time you are in a fast-food restaurant you are asked this question: "Want a pedometer with that?" McDonald's Corp. recently announced that it is introducing a new line of Go Active™! adults Happy Meals as part of its ongoing Balanced Lifestyles Platform.
Borrowing on the success of its Happy Meals for kids, the company’s latest offering for big people consists of a salad, bottled water, and a pedometer to “promote walking and well-being.” This new move is part of a campaign
Fish and shellfish are a rich source of high-quality protein, are low in saturated fat and contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids. That's why the AHA encourages adults in the general population to consume fish two to three times per week.
However, nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury, which can harm unborn babies and young children. To address this concern, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and
According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the Dietitians of Canada, in the year 2000, 4 percent (%) of Canadian adults and 2.5% of the U.S. adult population consumed a vegetarian diet, defined as one that did not include meat, fish or fowl (ADA 2003). Slightly fewer than 1% said they followed an even stricter vegan diet, meaning they consumed no animal products at all (ADA 2003).
Source: Health (January–February 2004).
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