Week: 4/12/14 to 4/18/14
Do you regularly keep up with IDEA Fitfeed? It is a great way to stay up-to-date on the latest health, fitness and nutrition news from around the world. This inclusive tool collates top headlines being shared around the web by health and fitness professionals and posts them in one convenient location. Article headlines range from 45 Insanely Effective TRX® Exercises to Are You Programmed to Enjoy Exercise?. These headlines come from top news sources, personal blogs and everything in between. If you missed the latest news from this past week you can catch up here.
1. Vegetarians Are Less Healthy
Although vegetarians are known to be more physically active, have lower BMIs and drink less alcohol than their meat-eating counterparts, recent research has linked vegetarian diets to poorer health, poorer quality of life and a higher need for health care, according to this article from CBS Atlanta. The piece reviews a study which found that vegetarian diets carry elevated risks of cancer, allergies and mental health disorders. The study also found that people who ate fewer animal products had poorer health care practices, including vaccine avoidance and lack of preventive care. View the full article here.
2. BMI Shouldn’t Be Used to Assess Health Risks
BMI measurements, which are widely used by physicians to asses peoples’ health risks, are not a very accurate predictor of body fat and the associated risks, according to this article from The New York Times. The piece states that BMI is a crude measurement. It also points out that it was designed to look at whole populations and was never meant to be used for individual assessment. Using BMI measurements in this way has potential drawbacks, such as “labeling some healthy people as overweight or obese who are not overly fat, and failing to distinguish between dangerous and innocuous distributions of body fat,” the article says. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions doctors against using BMI as a diagnostic tool, the article concludes. View the full article here.
3. Your Beliefs Affect Your Body’s Physiological Processing
The current metabolic model of calories in and calories out might need some reevaluating, according to this NPR article. The piece reviews an experiment which found that peoples’ beliefs about what they are eating affects their body’s physiological processing of the foods being consumed. The experiment found that the bodies of people who thought that they were eating a more indulgent option responded differently than those who believed they were eating a healthier option, even though they were eating the exact same thing. View the full article here.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jen Russo
4. Readjusting Workplaces to Accommodate Standing Can Be Difficult
Although numerous research studies have found that prolonged sitting has harmful health effects, readjusting workplaces to accommodate standing workstations can be both difficult and costly for employers, according to this BBC News article. For locations that have cubicles or rows of desks, giving employees the option to stand would mean reworking their whole office layout and changing their office routine. Another issue is that people have to choose to stand and not everyone may want to. The piece suggests that, ultimately, most office spaces will not make a change to accommodate standing until it becomes part of the employer’s legal duty of care to reduce sitting time in the workplace. View the full article here.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Logan Ingalls
5. Aerobic Exercise Boosts Older Women’s Memory
For older women whose brains have been affected by age, regular aerobic exercise can help boost the parts of the brain involved in memory and learning, according to this Science Daily article. The piece reviews a study which looked at the types of exercise that have the most impact on improving cognitive functioning in older women. The study found that aerobic exercise seemed to slow the shrinkage of the part of the brain involved in memory, while resistance training and balance and muscle training did not have any effects on this part of the brain. View the full article here.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Michael Cohen
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