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health and fitness Updated: Dec 04, 2011 01:23 IST
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Snacks dilute dieting benefits, says study

Dieters who grab a snack between breakfast and lunch lose less weight compared to those who abstain from a mid-morning snack, according to a study.
Mid-morning snackers on a diet lost an average of 7% of their total body weight while those who ate a healthy breakfast but did not snack before lunch lost more than 11% of their body weight, shows data from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, US. People who nibbled on healthy snack or drink such as fruit or unsweetened juices also reported lowered weight loss as compared to those who didn’t eat or drink anything other than water.


Women, better multi-taskers

When it comes to home, women do more multi-tasking than men, according to a study. Whether it is housework, cooking or childcare, they put in more hours in household chores. The jobs women perform at the same time in the home are more labour intensive than what men tackle.

“When you look at men and women in similar kinds of work situations they look very similar,” said Barbara Schneider, a professor of sociology at Michigan State University and a co-author of the study. “But when they come home it is very clear that women are shouldering much more of the responsibilities of housework and childcare,” she added.

Turning fat in many ways

Stretching out in front of your TV screen promotes “active inactivity”, causing you to pack on the pounds. Such inactivity encourages the body to create new fat, report researchers in the Tel Aviv University. They found that pre-adipocyte cells turn into fat cells faster and produce even more fat during periods of inactivity. It is the kind of weight we put when we sit or lie down, reported the American Journal of Physiology Cell Physiology.

Obese need more medicines than others

Obesity raises the amount of prescription drugs you take, with medicines to treat high blood pressure and high cholesterol topping the list of drugs used by obese adults, shows a study of 10,000 people in the US.

Use of medications to treat diabetes, asthma and thyroid problems, as well as antidepressants and painkillers, was also higher in obese people in some or all age groups.

Roughly, one-thirds of the sampled people over 20 years used at least one drug to lower blood pressure and one in five used a cholesterol-lowering drug. That compares to about 17% of normal-weight adults on blood pressure medication and one in 10 on cholesterol drugs.

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