Fit Friday: Snacking at the desk, Palin-Obama food fight expands, marriage and fitness
December 24th, 2010
01:10 PM ET

Fit Friday: Snacking at the desk, Palin-Obama food fight expands, marriage and fitness

Munching while distracted could make for mindless eating

Eating lunch at your desk might be convenient, but it could whet your appetite to eat more.

Researchers from the University of Bristol asked one group to eat lunch while playing Solitaire and gave a second group the same foods without the game, reports the UK’s Daily Mail.  The distracted team felt less full and could not recall all the foods eaten during lunch, scientists found, according to the newspaper.

The results suggest that eating while distracted could lead to increased consumption, the paper said.

Huckabee weighs in for Michelle Obama

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who once battled the bulge, said he believes Sarah Palin has “misunderstood” Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign.

Palin has knocked the first lady's “Let’s Move” efforts to prevent childhood obesity as government encroachment into parental decision-making. She has been dispensing s’mores and cookies, saying Mrs. Obama doesn’t want people to have dessert.

On this issue, Huckabee took Obama’s side. The 2008 Republican presidential candidate previously has expressed support for improving Americans' eating habits, having once weighed 280 pounds before shedding 110 pounds in 2004.

Perhaps his comments are a preview of what’s to come in the 2012 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

More from CNN’s political ticker on the political food fight.

Married people may let themselves go

Say I do … to less fitness.

People who are married tend to experience a dip in their cardiovascular health, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Single or divorced people were more fit in treadmill tests than their married peers, Reuters reports, citing the findings.

The results from a group of nearly 8,900 adults suggest that people who are married could be letting themselves go, Reuter said.

But that health difference between people who are single and married couples is not huge, the lead researcher told Reuters. But it does indicate that marital changes influence fitness.

soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Jess

    That’s a pretty gross looking burger/sandwich pic ya got there CNN.

    December 24, 2010 at 18:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. BadPatient

    Pitch everything with corn in it. You will feel better in about three days.

    December 24, 2010 at 19:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Sherri W.W.

    I agree that an awful lot of married folks do let themselves go~and men are as bad as women about it,I think.It is also harder to eat well yourself if you have a spouse who likes to eat too much!~If you have to fix a lot of food,then it is so hard not to help eat it!

    December 25, 2010 at 01:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Lynn

    Sarah Palin is one big misunderstanding.She even misunderstands what comes out of her own mouth.

    December 25, 2010 at 08:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Greg

    You can find great information to help you curb your snack craving on Holosfitness.com. Holosfitness.com is a free online fitness tool with a wide array of health, fitness, and nutrition-related information: http://www.holosfitness.com/blog/view/615/342/Three-Tips-to-Attack-the-Munchies

    December 25, 2010 at 11:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jason

    Someone should tell Sarah Palin to go back to Alaska, sit down, and re-evaluate herself and her positions on EVERYTHING before she opens her mouth again. This one feels as if she is arguing for nothing more than the sake of being argumentative, which is a terrible reason to do so. I don't agree whole-heartedly with the policies and ideas put forth by Obama or his administration to say the least, but even I can't find anything wrong with the first lady's decision to be proactive about the alarmingly increasing numbers of obese children in the U.S. This has been a long time coming and I am glad to see some interest and effort. Mrs. Palin shouldn't have deigned to throw her two cents in on this one as she only revealed herself to be a few pennies short.

    December 25, 2010 at 21:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ann

      Please....don't send Sarah Palin back to Alaska. We can't stand her up here any more than the rest of the nation. Maybe there's a small uninhabited island someplace far, far away from all of us that she can take her media seeking family too?

      December 27, 2010 at 17:47 | Report abuse |
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  8. mitch

    id rather get my health tips from http://www.howtoeathealthey.info than sara palin.

    December 26, 2010 at 23:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. mkass

    You could get the idea Palin's got backers in the industrial food industry. The same folks "heavily" involved in fattening our kids. http://organicconnectmag.com/wp/2010/09/the-problem-behind-childhood-obesity/

    December 27, 2010 at 02:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. MDS in AK

    x2 on the corn. Monsanto should burn in hell. Yeah, we'd like to dump Palin too.

    I tried to comment on the related topics, but ?? ANYWAY- Palin had absolutely NO business dissing Mrs. Obama on childhood obsesity, when she has formerly presided over a State that is RAMPANT in obesity, sedentary, type II diabetes, etc.

    While FailinPalin sez the government shouldn't be telling parents what to feed their kids, it's the government's health care programs and other taxpayer's money that gets spent on taking care of people and kids whose health has been affected by poor eating and exercise habits. Businesses are beginning to recognize they can try to keep health costs down for their employees by making health coaches available for those who wish to improve their quality of life and health by changing bad habits and acquiring the tools to do so.

    At least Michelle Obama and Huckabee have a flippin clue. Palin is taking her usual cheap shots like a spoiled-a** cheerleader.

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