You’d think what you put in your mouth would be a personal choice, but there are plenty of messages weighing in about what you should and shouldn’t eat. When the 2015 Dietary Guidelines by the Advisory Committee (DAGC) recently released a 500-page document containing suggestions for updated nutrition standards, media stories on the subject spread like ink on a paper towel. The resulting coverage focused on counter-intuitive recommendations sure to drive controversial conversations and varying opinions from health professionals.
The release of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report does not officially give us new dietary guidelines just yet. Famously, there is a political element to this process. What actually emerges as guidance is determined by the federal agencies in charge, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). But given that, I like what I see so far. In fact, I think the advisory committee has done a stellar job.
When it comes to making positive changes, many people are their own worst critic. A variety of harmful self-talk habits can get in the way of creating a healthy lifestyle. If you’ve had trouble starting or maintaining a better diet or lifestyle regimen in the past, perhaps the way you talk to yourself should get some of your attention.
For some teenagers, putting on some extra weight can be a normal part of their development. For others, weight gain is a sign that eating habits and physical activity are getting off track. As a parent, there’s a fine line to walk when your teen starts to show signs of gaining too many pounds. What should you do? Should you do anything at all?
A recent study published in the medical journal Obesity revealed that late night snacking may lead to weight gain. The study’s findings have been covered extensively in the news media, with most of the coverage focusing on the reports that night owls tend to eat fast food, drink sodas, and eat less fruits and veggies compared to those who go to bed earlier.
When a person begins to put on weight, especially lethal belly fat, his or her biology shifts out of balance, veering into the unstable and unhealthy territory of disease, which in turn adds more fat. A vicious, sometimes deadly, cycle ensues unless countermeasures are taken.