December 24th, 2010
01:10 PM ET
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.
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.
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