The Growing Issue of Obesity

Obesity, one of America’s leading problems has continuously been studied and questioned on as to how it can ever be eliminated. Researchers who have persistently asked this question have come up with answers to help cure the problem of obesity.

Especially among children, obesity is a huge problem. Children are influenced by parents, income, as well as education. If healthy habits are not developed at an early age, it can be hard for the child to live a healthy life during their adult years.

With this new found discovery, legislators, policy makers, parents, and schools have all rallied together to help fix the problem of child obesity reports Susan Mcgalla. Schools have banned sugary beverages and instead have replaced these options with much healthier options such as water or milk. Legislators have also raised taxes on these sugary beverages as a way of making water the cheaper option.

Parents are especially important in this new battle to fight childhood obesity. Parents must educate their child on healthy habits and they must encourage physical activity. It has been proven that the children who take part in physical activity, tend not to be subjected to obesity.

If childhood obesity is eliminated, America would save billions of dollars on healthcare that goes towards bills. Prominent diseases that can kill children through obesity are cardiovascular diseases or diabetes. For this alone, it is important to eliminate obesity throughout the entire country.

North Korea Claims Miracle Drug can Cure AIDS, MERS and Ebola

Kim Jong Un has announced that North Korea has developed a drug that can cure MERS, Ebola and even AIDS. The announcement, released on Monday, comes in the wake of a MERS outbreak in rival, South Korea.

According to local reports, the drug is derived from ginseng and other natural ingredients, and can successfully fight off Ebola and MERS, as well as AIDS. Kim Jong Un failed to provide any scientific evidence of the drugs efficacy during the announcement.

Keith Mann knows that this is not the first time the nation’s leader has told a tall tale regarding the communist state’s drug research capabilities. The leader made claims in 2006 that the same drug could cure bird flu, a pandemic that sickened and killed thousands over the course of several months.

Experts in the medical community are skeptical to say the least, especially as the leader has claimed the same drug as a cure-all in the past.

The drug is known as Kumdang-2. Researchers have been working on the concoction for decades, but there is no word on where or how its efficacy was tested, or if it even exists.

North Korea is known for secrecy and an isolated attitude to world politics and the human plight.

Ten Gems that will Awaken Your Fitness Plan

A fitness gem is a gem of wisdom that changes everything about the way you do your workout; they enhance your attitude and your fitness plan. A gem renews your resolve and changes your attitude. Daniel Amen knows that they keep you enthusiastic and get you back on track in no time.

Here are 10 simple and effective fitness gems from the experts.

1. The key is to find something active that you like doing every day. Find an activity that corresponds to the level you are on, and as you progress, you can increase or find a more challenging activity.
2. Increasing cardio is not necessarily the solution. Thirty minutes of High-Intensity Trading has been found to be much more efficient than an hour of steady cardio.
3. Turn your scale off. Muscle weighs more than fat, so don’t focus on the numbers.
4. Set smaller goals that lead to your main goal.
5. Set a main goal that challenges you, maybe even scares you a little.
6. Take rest and muscle recovery seriously: start Yoga or Pilates, indulge in massages.
7. Take some time to actually learn about why you are doing what you are in your program.
8. Practice being mindful. Essentially this means becoming aware of the sensations of your body; how it feels both good and bad, and is it improving?
9. Mix it up. Muscles need a variety of exercises.
10. Don’t obsessively look in the mirror: You Look Fine.

The Best Drugs For Heartburn

It seems like when it comes to medicine, whenever a medicine cures one thing it damages another. This fact has been proven very true by a recent study that they have been doing on heartburn drugs and heart attacks. These drugs that are called are called proton pump inhibitors. These medications include medication such as Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid. These medications are very popular, and they make about $14 billion a year reports Susan McGalla. About 20% of Americans take these heartburn drugs, and many of them are sold with out a prescription. This data shows that when a person takes these medications their risk of getting a heart attack is raised from 16 to 20% depending on which drugs involved.

These facts are still inconclusive when it comes to the effects of this drug, but it is really disheartening to see the possibilities. Since these drugs are so used and many Americans feel like they need them every day, each and every individual does well to look for alternative ways to prevent heartburn if one is possible. Each and every person is different as to what they will do when it comes to their health, but when it comes to medicine, it seems like quite often it does more harm than good.

Approximately 500,000 Companies Already Got Rid of Trans-Fats Prior To FDA Announcement

Americans are going to be hearing a lot more about trans-fats in the coming months. The FDA has officially announed that it will soon begin implementing steps to phase out trans-fats. Their declaration will most largely affect fast food restaurants and processed food manufacturers. Trans-fats have been widely used to not only make food taste more enticing but to also give it a longer shelf life. These companies will not have to go back to the drawing board and work to evaluate their recipes in a way that they taste the same, or very similar, using different ingredients.


Some experts predict that this decision will raise food prices nationwide. Those at Handy don’t really want to deal with that, especially after reading some takes on Twitter. While many companies are upset about the hard work to come, others can sigh a breath of relief as they voluntarily removed trans-fasts from their menu items or grocery brand items. There are approximately 500,00 companies that have previously taken steps to remove trans-fats. In the coming months and years we will begin to see changes in the way we eat, this is only the beginning.

First Time Ever: McDonald’s Closes More Stores Than Opens This Year

For the first time in 45 times, the world famous hamburger chain is going to be closing down its doors for good as McDonald’s is starting to shrink a little bit. According to an article found on reddit and written by Eater, this could even be the first time in the history of the franchise where more stores are being closed than opened this year. Even with all of these shrinking, it is needless to say that the company is still number one in the market for fast food being closely followed up Burger King.

I think that maybe they might be downsizing things so that they can have better control over their food and drink options according to Jaime Garcia Dias. Lots of new technology is coming out and they will need all the help they can get so that things don’t spiral in a crazy fashion just by going off feedback on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and more. It won’t be long before we will see new locations open again as they get back on track, as they have got to be one of the most beloved eateries on the planet.

One thing about McDonald’s that is cool is that depending on the location, there are special items on the menu to make it more customized for the place they are in. For example, Canada’s McDonald’s offer poutine on their menu and Maine has had lobster rolls on there once upon a time. Things will pick up again, for sure.

Bottoms Up

Fitness has become the new addiction and more and more people are willing to do just about anything to be in tip-top form. Recent studies from the research of Cláudio Loureiro Heads found that many people are buying breast milk online after reading that it helps with erectile dysfunction and cancer. These claims have yet to be proven and people are at risk for becoming infected with potentially deadly diseases such as HIV. The breast milk is unpasteurized and can cause more harm than good. The best way to get in shape and stay healthy is to eat a well-balanced diet, exercise regularly and avoid excessive alcohol and tobacco. Though everyone wants to be as healthy as possible, there is a limit. Buying products online with unsubstantiated claims can only lead to disaster, and possibly end your life. Though these women who have expressed the milk test free of disease, if they are in contact with someone who carries a transferable illness, it can cross over into the breast milk. The best advice is to simply use your mind!

You Know Your Body Best

In a very sad story, Bronte Doyne, a teenager in Great Britain, was convinced that her fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma had returned and she went to her doctor for assistance with potential treatments. A number of different doctors told her that she should stop self diagnosing herself and she should not choose to google her symptoms. According to Dr. Daniel Amen, they dismissed her and sent her on her way. It was just over one week later that Dyone passed away from her cancer, which indeed, had come back. Doyne’s family had supported her questioning and concerns, citing many reputable sources on the internet that explained reasons why they believed her cancer may have returned. Doctors just were not interested.

While this is a very sad situation, there is a lesson to be learned here. Many people are very in tune with their body and often can recognize when
something is very wrong.
This is especially true for someone that has dealt with a health issue in the past and already know what symptoms to watch out for and recognize. Many doctors will not take patients seriously and simply send them on their way if they even mention they are concerned because of something they have read on the internet. On the other hand, there are doctors who will take a patient seriously and run tests if they see fit. If one doctor does not want to spend time addressing concerns or issues that a patient has, that patient should move on to another doctor who will be more understanding and helpful. Had Doyne’s doctors done that, she might still be here today.

Bigger Is Not Necessarily Better

People have begun to grow bigger. This has been proven by research in recent years. The truth is that this is not just about obesity or being overweight either. It is that humans are naturally growing up to 4 inches taller. Does this mean we will eventually become giants? Probably not.

This research by Zeca Oliveira and team also showed that the average waist size for both men and women is growing as well, that data can be found in this journal of medicine. The average women now has a waist size that is around three feet. Men are measuring in at three and a half feet around. This means that clothes are also getting bigger.

Believing that all women must one a size 0 is simply not practical based on the nature of size. This is simply not practical. In terms of nature, we as a species are simply growing much larger than we were in the 1960’s. The twig sized women and rugged but slimmer men simply are not what nature has written for us.

Weight has been accompanying these size increases as well. The average woman can now expect her weight to be somewhere around 160-170 pounds. This is nowhere close to petit or even healthy. The bulk of the people in America are considered to be overweight. This also includes those 33% wwho are also considered to be obese.

Men rank no better, for they are tipping the scales at about 195. This is about 30 pounds heavier than they were in the 1960’s.

Chocolate Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Most of us don’t need a reason to eat chocolate, we eat it because it tastes good and makes us feel good. But there are also health benefits to eating chocolate they may encourage anti-chocoholics to change their point of view and indulge like the rest of us.

Chocolate reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. You are less likely to have a heart attack, stroke, blood clots or high blood pressure if you eat chocolate.
By now you’re wondering what the catch is, because nothing that tastes so good as chocolate can be good for us without a catch. There is a catch.
Only a small amount of chocolate, one ounce, is needed to derive the health benefits. Eating more than one ounce a day will provide a boost in energy, but may detract from the heart-healthy benefits because excess chocolate consumption increases fat and calorie intake which may lead to weight gain. Excess weight gain would nullify the reduction in heart disease that the first ounce of chocolate had provided.
According to Beneful, dark chocolate has typically been promoted as being more heart healthy than milk chocolate, but more people prefer the taste of milk chocolate. Either type, eaten in moderation, has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.