5 Fascinating Facts We Learned On FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L. Cline on Feb 03, 2014

Week: 2/22/14 to 2/28/14

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 31 Scientifically-Backed Benefits Of Exercise to 5 Exercises You Can Do On Your Way To Work. 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. Obesity Rates Among Young U.S. Children Plummet

Over the past decade, obesity rates among two- to five-year-old children have dropped 43%, according to a new federal report addressed in this article from The New York Times. “This is the first time we’ve seen any indication of any significant decrease in any group,” said lead author Cynthia L. Ogden, a researcher for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the piece. The article explains possible theories behind this significant decrease, including kids drinking fewer sugary beverages and increased breastfeeding. Although this finding brings hope, the piece cautions that young children comprise a very small part of the American population, and that only time will tell if the progress will be sustained. View the full article here.


2. Americans Get Fewer Than Two Minutes of Vigorous Exercise a Day

Although it is recommended that adults get at least 75 minutes of vigorous exercise or 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise a week, many adults do not meet these recommendations. According to this article from The Huffington Post, obese women get only about 11 seconds of vigorous exercise a day, or about one hour of vigorous activity a year. Normal weight men and women do not fare much better, averaging fewer than 2 minutes of vigorous exercise per day. The piece explains that obese people get caught in a vicious cycle of inactivity and weight gain, and that focusing on small steps to get them moving can help. View the full article here.


3. Fat Composition Matters

According to this article from Science Daily, fat composition not only affects cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease risks, it also determines where the fat will be stored in the body. The piece reviews a recent study which found that saturated fat builds more fat and less muscle than polyunsaturated fat. The study found that participants who ate excess saturated fat had a greater amount of fat buildup in the liver and abdomen, and a greater increase of overall body fat than participants who ate excess polyunsaturated fat. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Reynermedia

4. Online Fitness Is Growing

At a time when technology plays a huge role in the average person’s everyday life, online fitness is flourishing, according to this article from Reuters. Fitness websites can offer people a wide range of workout options and are especially inviting for young adults, those who are time-pressed and those who don’t like to go to the gym. In addition to a growing number of fitness websites, more personal trainers and gyms are starting to do business online and through apps. Industry experts agree that online fitness is here to stay, the article states. View the full article here.


5. The Importance of Phytonutrients

Most people do not get enough phytonutrients, which are found in colorful fruits and vegetables, according to this infographic from Precision Nutrition. Phytonutrients are an important part of a balanced diet and help to fight many chronic diseases. This infographic breaks down this important nutrient by color and suggests ways to incorporate a wider variety of colored fruits and vegetables into your diet. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: David Saddler

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About the Author

Jessica L. Cline

Jessica L. Cline IDEA Author/Presenter

Jessica is an Editorial Assistant at IDEA Health & 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 certification from ACE and is working on a Health Coach certification. Jessica is a long distance runner who has competed in half and full marathons. She enjoys running, hiking, walking her dogs, horse back riding and any outdoor activities.