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Many Reasons to Gain Weight with Age, and Many More Excuses

As we grow older, many of us find it harder to avoid or undo unwanted weight gain. This is such a widespread phenomenon, it is almost taken for granted that aging and weight problems go hand in hand. However, while there are objective reasons for such a connection, they are by no means the whole story.

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Sleep Well – Your Life May Depend on It

An unfortunate part of our modern-day busy lifestyle is chronic sleep deprivation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lack of sleep has become a major public health concern, with insufficient rest being linked to medical problems, accidents and occupational hazards. People who regularly stay awake for too long are at a higher risk of developing illnesses like high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, cancer, and also mental issues like depression and memory loss, the agency warns.

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A New Year’s Resolution: Be Less Wasteful with Time

We all get routinely lost in unnecessary activities, in stuff that is oftentimes frivolous and silly. A lot of time and energy is wasted on complaining, gossiping, antagonizing, fighting, and being plainly miserable, or on doing things that yield no real benefits, like reading or watching so-called “news” about people and events unrelated to us, or updating our social media status with irrelevant information.

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If Your Weight Loss Aspirations Remain Frustrated, Don’t Be Surprised

It’s resolution season again, that time-honored exercise of self-restraint when people try to negate the fallout from holiday celebrations and other indulgences. According to statistics, however, these well-meaning attempts are mostly doomed to fail. The vast majority of ‘born-again’ dieters and exercise enthusiasts will give up in less than a month. The reasons can be myriad, and sometimes they are beyond a person’s control. But there are also ways to beat the odds and find success at last.

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The 2015 Dietary Guidelines, at Long Last

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans have finally been released. There are good and bad news. The new guidelines, for the first time, attempt to focus on foods and dietary patterns. Previous editions focused primarily on food groups and nutrients. However, people do not eat food groups and nutrients in isolation but rather in combination, and the totality of one’s diet forms an overall eating pattern. Still much of the recommendations fall short of expectations, and I would say that all in all the guidelines are another win for the meat-, soda- and junk food industries.

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Stay Healthy – Together

Your social connections are more important than you might imagine, considering that you literally can become like the people you surround yourself with. For example, as studies have shown, you are more likely to become overweight if your friends are overweight than if your parents are heavyset. In other words, some genetic threads may be less important than your social threads.

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A Widening Gap Between the Fit and the Fat

More people pay close attention to their physical health and well-being, and yet obesity rates and diseases stemming from weight problems continue to rise. While healthy eating and regular exercise have become commonplace among the educated and affluent, the less fortunate show little signs of improvement regardless of efforts by health experts and government policy makers to change their fate. In fact, studies find that the gap between the fit and the fat keeps widening.

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