5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on FitFeed Last Week

by Jessica L Cline on May 10, 2013

Week: 5/3/13 - 5/9/13

Last week on IDEA FitFeed fitness professionals shared a multitude of informational health and fitness articles from around the world. Headlines ranged from "The Top 10 Workout Songs for May 2013" to "5 Foods That are Making You Fat & Hurting Your Fertility." The top trending articles came from a variety of sources including USA Today, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Forbes and many other news outlets. Catch up with the top five facts we learned from IDEA FitFeed last week.

1. Most Americans Are Not Meeting Exercise Guidelines

Despite the well known health benefits of physical activity, recently released government statistics show that most Americans are not meeting federal physical activity recommendations for either cardiovascular or strength training exercises. USA Today reported that “about 79% of adults don't meet the physical activity guidelines that advise getting at least 2½ hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as brisk walking, or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as jogging.” View the full article here.

2. Obese Patients Face Bias at the Doctor’s Office

A recent study found that patients who are not overweight or obese are treated with more warmth and empathy than their heavier counterparts when visiting the doctor. Physicians are not necessarily “meaner” to overweight patients, but they tend to lack concern and can make these patients feel judged, according to the research. This can cause patients to avoid the doctor’s office and keep them from getting the medical attention they need. View the full article here.

3. One Man’s Take on Fitness Trends

“We’re living in a decidedly post-boot camp world, where intensity is king and rivalries between spin classes put March Madness beef to shame,” Forbes writer David Tao says. Tao identified five workout trends he believes will be the most popular this summer including the CrossFit Games, indoor cycling, obstacle races, bike sharing and Brick Crossfit. View the full article here.

Photography: Eli Christman

4. 13% of U.S. Adult Calorie Intake Attributed to Sugar

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 13% of the calories consumed by American adults comes from added sugars. Of that 13%, 67% comes from foods and 33% comes from drinks. The Huffington Post outlines key points from the study and has also compiled a list of commonly consumed sugary foods into a slideshow. View the full article and slideshow here.

5. Children Should Eat the Same Foods as Parents

A recent U.K. study found that kids who eat the same meals as their parents are more likely to have healthier diets and are less likely to become obese than those who do not. Researchers also found that eating the same foods as mom and dad had greater impact on children’s health than any other factor; it even had a greater impact than social factors and snacking. Parents can also enhance their children’s diets by being wary of prepackaged meals and taking the time to sit down and eat with their kids. View the full article here.

To see more trending health and fitness headlines, check out IDEA FitFeed.



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About the Author

Jessica L Cline

Jessica L Cline IDEA Author/Presenter

Jessica is an Editorial Assistant at IDEA Health and Fitness Association. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in journalism and a BS in health and exercise science. She has a GFI ...


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