6 Bad Excuses for Overeating


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A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

6 Bad Excuses for Overeating
If you're one who likes to rationalize your bad eating habits, you'll want to read this story. "But it's the weekend," "but I have PMS," and "but I'm going to the gym tonight" are all on the list. Health

Doctors Increasingly Ignore Evidence In Treating Back Pain
Back-pain sufferers, listen up: A new study says that doctors are ignoring what works (ibuprofen and other OTC pain meds, and physical therapy) and are instead overprescribing opiates and pricey scans. How do you treat your back pain? What do you think should be the recommendations? NPR

What's Selling Where: Fitness DVDs
Coach Nicole's "SparkPeople: 28 Day Boot Camp" DVD is a best-seller in a certain Midwestern city. Any guesses where? Wall Street Journal

Age Hasn't Stopped This Man From Swimming — And Winning
This radio feature on 82-year-old swimmer Graham Johnston, one of more than 10,000 athletes in Cleveland for the National Senior Games, proves that age is just a number. NPR
NYC Doctors Are Now Prescribing Fruits And Veggies
"Eat five a day of these and call me in the morning" is the prescription for better health, according to many doctors in NYC. While it's not news that eating fruits and vegetables is good for the body and can even help prevent some diseases, it's a novel idea to actually prescribe them to people. NPR
A Self-Test for Injury Prevention
You might work out regularly, but are you at risk for an injury? Test yourself with this simple exercise from yoga teacher, endurance sports coach and athlete Sage Rountree. Yoga Journal

Modest changes in overweight teens can reduce diabetes risk
Good news: Small improvements in diet and modest exercise can make a big difference for overweight teens at risk of developing diabetes. What small step would you recommend for teens trying to improve their health? UPI

Can The Smell Of Oranges Help Dieters Resist Sweet Treats?
A study being presented this week was designed to see whether smells could deter cravings. In this case, after smelling an orange, dieters ate 60% less chocolate. Would you sniff an orange if it would help combat chocolate cravings? NPR

Which stories topped your "must-read" list this week?

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