5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L Cline on Sep 05, 2013

Week: 8/31/13 to 9/6/13

This week on IDEA FitFeed fitness professionals shared a multitude of informational health, fitness and nutrition articles from around the web. Top headlines ranged from 6 Truths About Exercise That Nobody Wants to Believe to Cartoons Poke Fun at Weight, Diet and Food Politics. The top trending articles came from a variety of sources including USA Today, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Greatist, IDEA Fitness Journal and many other leading news outlets. Catch up with the top five facts we learned from IDEA FitFeed this week.

1. Exercise Intensity Is More Important Than Duration for Weight Maintenance

This article from The Huffington Post reviews a recent study which found that every bit counts when it comes to keeping off weight. “We learned that for preventing weight gain, the intensity of the activity matters more than duration," study researcher Jessie X. Fan, a professor of family and consumer studies at the University of Utah, is quoted saying. This research is important because many people find the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week daunting. The article states that if people knew even short bouts of higher intensity exercise would do them good, they may be more likely to participate. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Expert Infantry

2. Research Predicts US Obesity Numbers to Hit 113 Million by 2022

Obesity rates have been steadily increasing over the last few decades and research predicts that they will not be decreasing any time soon. This article from The Hill reports that a recent study from GlobalData predicted US obesity numbers to hit 113 million individuals by the year 2022. The study also looked at other developing countries around the world and found that although their obesity numbers would continue increasing, the US would continue to lead. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Emilio Labrador

3. Protein-Enhanced Foods Are on the Rise

This article from The Guardian suggests that high-protein foods are one of the latest trends to hit the UK. The piece reveals that food companies are packing protein powder into everything from ice cream to bread, and slapping high protein labels on all of their products. The article also suggests that this craze may not be the healthiest one. “There is absolutely no evidence that people are in any way lacking in protein,” says dietitian Gaynor Bussell in the article. “Dietary surveys always reveal we get more than enough.” View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kevin Teague

4. A Healthier Diet Can Help Heart Attack Survivors Live Longer

While healthy lifestyle changes are optimal for overall health, this article from Reuters recommends dietary changes for people who have experienced a heart attack. The piece reviews a recent study which found that heart attack survivors who followed a healthy diet decreased their risk of dying from any cause. The study considered a good diet to be one high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and low in trans fats, meat and sugary drinks.” View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Brad Hagan

5. Arch Support Might Not Be Such a Great Idea

In this piece from National Public Radio, author Deborah Franklin writes that recent British studies have disproved the decades-old assumption that the human foot arch should be stiffly supported. Franklin quotes Robin Huw Crompton, a physical anthropologist at the University of Liverpool's Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, saying that in his findings “the outer arch of the healthy human foot is actually more flexible than previously thought.” The article goes on to state that scientists saw a wide variation of normal footfalls and also found that a single person can have a wide variation of foot flexibility over time. Franklin writes that the scientists concluded that “it's our definition of normal that needs to change.” View the full article here.

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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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