In the wake of COVID-19, it is easy to forget that America is also dealing with another epidemic. Between 1990 and 2018, the percentage of adults in the United States considered clinically obese quadrupled from 11% to 40%. According to a study in the American Journal of Public Health, nearly one in five deaths in the country each year are obesity-related. Experts disagree about the causes of the increase in the average weight of Americans, but they agree on the health consequences. Obesity is associated with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, depression, sleep apnea, and 13 kinds of cancer. No wonder doctors tell their patients to shed the pounds. … [Read more...] about Can Pets Really Help Fight America’s Obesity Epidemic?
“Cross-stitch is great for many reasons,” adds Kathryn Burke, a theater artist who recently took up the hobby again after enjoying it as a teen. “I can do it while watching TV, it stops me from snacking so much, but mostly, it's easy to do with my current lack of concentration, and shows me tangible progress, which in turn makes me feel like I'm achieving something while sitting on my couch." … [Read more...] about Is Craft Booming in COVID Because We’re Starved for Touch?
The psychological conceptualization of anorexia nervosa has been dominated for many years by the avoidance paradigm, according to which the probability of behavior increases if it is followed by negative reinforcement (i.e., the removal of the aversive stimulus). If applied to anorexia nervosa, this model explains most of the distinctive behavioral expressions of the disorder (e.g., strict dieting, excessive exercising, self-induced vomiting and laxatives, and diuretics misuse), which are adopted for the purpose of avoiding specific aversive stimuli, i.e., weight gain and getting fat. … [Read more...] about Weight Phobia or Overvaluation of Shape and Weight?
But dismantling systemically starts with us, being aware of ourselves, by acknowledging homophobia exists in all of us, to one extent or another, gay or straight and across racial and socioeconomic lines. Even us gay folks — especially us gay folks — are prone to it. I had a dear gay friend who is very much an outspoken champion of gay rights say to me once, “No one likes lesbians” and then chuckle, “You know what I mean, Whit.” Ouch. Even within the LGBTQIA alphabet, we're prone to biases and in-fighting against our own people. … [Read more...] about What Is Internalized Homophobia?
9. Amla (Gooseberry) Juice Benefits: During summer, amla juice keeps your body cool. Amla can improve the levels of tannins which are required to shield the heat and light and may act as a radiation shield and protects your body from harmful UV rays . … [Read more...] about 10 Soothing Drinks For The Summer Season To Beat The Heat