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1. Obesity starts climbing again
The rates of obesity – and in most of the western world – plateaued for a while. But they’re growing again. It’s estimated that by 2030 42% of population in the US will be obese. And let’s be clear – obese is not chubby, it’s seriously over weight. The types of foods we now eat are partly to blame – 60 years or so ago those sorts of processed foods simply didn’t exist with such massive calories and our bodies couldn’t deal with them anyway. But we’ve adapted; our calorie intake is massive and it needs to reduce or the impact of lives will be huge.
2. Want to reduce your teen’s exposure to sun? Appeal to their vanity say these guys. Tell them how wrinkled their skin will look in just a few short years, how it will age them prematurely and how bad all those early crows feet around the eyes will look in just a few short years. Vanity is big in teenagers, as we all probably remember, so this expert panel’s advice is worth a shot!
3. Turmeric to fight cancer? No one wants to claim the cure for cancer and every second week there’s some sort of miracle ascribed to this or that. But check out this study on curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric. The study suggests that turmeric might significantly reduce the side effects in bowel cancer patients. It’s a regular ingredient in curry so if that’s your favourite Friday night take-out, go for it!
4. Keep taking that fish oil! The omega-3s in fish oil are getting a good rap for lots of things at the moment – from brainpower in kids to memory in adults. Another study is suggesting that it might also lower the chances of getting Alzheimer’s. You can read all the technical details here, but essentially the study found that higher levels of omega-3 intake helped lower the incidence of Alzheimer’s occurring. You can get omega-3s from fish and chicken, margarine and nuts.
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