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Health Tip: Risk Factors for Eating Disorders

(HealthDay News) -- Eating disorders can develop among people with a combination of psychological, social and genetic factors, says the National Eating Disorders Collaboration. The collaboration mentions these risk factors for eating disorders: Low self-esteem, or perfectionism. Overvaluing body image in defining self-worth. Stress, depression and trauma. Avoidance of social interaction. Involvement in a sport that emphasizes body shape. Troubled family or personal relationships. Teasing or bullying.

AHA News: Regular Fasting Could Lead to Longer,...

25 November 2019
MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Regular fasting is associated with lower rates of heart failure and a longer life span, according to two new studies. Researchers sought to shed new light on the centuries-old debate about how fasting affects health. Recent studies have shown it contributes to reductions in blood pressure, "bad" LDL cholesterol and insulin resistance, a condition that can raise blood sugar. A 2017 study showed alternate-day fasting was as effective as daily calorie restriction for losing weight and keeping the pounds off. The new studies focused on data from patients evaluated for heart disease in Utah and other Rocky Mountain states. The research included hundreds of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as...

AHA News: Sweet Potatoes Are a Holiday Dish to Be...

25 November 2019
MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Sweet potatoes and yams are a Thanksgiving staple for many families, which makes it important to understand one key fact: Sweet potatoes are not the same thing as yams. The terms are often used interchangeably, but they come from different families; sweet potatoes are edible roots from the morning glory family, and yams are edible tubers from the lily family. Sweet potatoes pack significantly more vitamin A and carry a much sweeter taste. Both vegetables can be boiled or roasted, though sweet potatoes are commonly prepared in other ways, such as fries, pies and even soup. "There are pros and cons to both of them," said Cathy Nonas, a clinical dietitian and former professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York...

Don't Let Salmonella Make Your Thanksgiving a Turkey

21 November 2019
THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- With Thanksgiving but a week away, U.S. health officials want to be sure you don't get sick from any salmonella that might be lurking in your turkey. In a new report, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detail the tracking of a recent multistate outbreak of salmonella infections linked to raw turkey products. All told, 356 people were sickened in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Among those patients, 44% were hospitalized and one died. "We found this particular outbreak throughout the turkey industry," said lead researcher Rashida Hassan, a CDC epidemiologist. Although the number of people getting sick from contaminated turkey has dwindled, cases are still being seen, she said. "Our...

AHA News: Eating Mindfully Through the Holidays – and All Year

20 November 2019
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Slow down before plowing through the holiday hors d'oeuvres or finishing off that overfilled plate of comfort food. An approach called mindful eating could just help you enjoy it even more and increase well-being. Paying close attention to food and how it makes your body feel also can help you make better decisions about what, why and the amount to eat. "Mindful eating starts before the meal," said registered dietitian Carrie Dennett. She suggests "checking in" with your body and pondering questions such as, "Am I hungry?" or "Why am I wanting to eat?" Controlling portions and losing weight are not the goals, but they may be indirect outcomes of mindful eating. It can help in selecting nutritious foods and recognizing when...

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