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Over the past 35 years, the percentage of U.S. mothers who hold down a job while raising kids has soared, from less than 50% to more than 70%. The childhood obesity rate-which is now close to 17%-has more than tripled during the same time frame.
These overlapping trends may not be a coincidence. The longer a mother is employed, the more likely her children are to be overweight or obese, a new study of grade-schoolers published in the journal Child Development suggests.
For each additional five-month period his or her mother is employed, a child of average height can be expected to gain 1 extra pound over and above normal growth, the study estimates. In addition, sixth graders with working mothers were found to be six times more likely than those with stay-at-home moms to be overweight.
Mothers who have jobs don't directly cause weight problems in their children, but busy families may accelerate weight gain by relying too much on fast food and frozen dinners rather
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"If you want to see what it looks like in a solidified form, go get yourself a can of Crisco at the grocery store," says Gregory Dehmer, MD, director of the division of cardiology at the Texas A&M College of Medicine. "If you open up a can of Crisco, it's this white, lard-like substance."
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Other times, they have to deal with serious health problems. Or they've assembled an A-list team of trainers and nutritionists to help keep them slim and trim.
Here's where 8 celeb power couples weigh in.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
The Grammy-winning singer and the 7th Heaven actress have been photographed running together near their apartment in New York City. Both are serious about strength-training, as is evident by their toned physiques.
Timberlake shaped up with a grueling bootcamp while filming Alpha Dog in 2006, and Biel gets her famously toned arms by doing push-ups. "Everybody I train ends up doing push-ups at some point because they are so beneficial. They help you get incredible arms!" says Biel's trainer, Jason Walsh.
Tip to steal: Work out with your partner. It's a great motivator and increases endorphins.
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A new study suggests that the emotional stress fans feel after a loss may trigger fatal heart attacks, especially in people who already have heart disease. Stress generates the so-called fight-or-flight response, which causes sharp upticks in heart rate and blood pressure that can strain the heart.
For people with heart disease -- or for those who are at risk due to factors such as obesity, smoking, and diabetes -- such strain can prove harmful, if not fatal.
In the study, which was published Monday in the journal Clinical Cardiology, researchers analyzed death records in Los Angeles County for the two weeks after the 1980 and 1984 Super Bowls, both of which featured teams from Los Angeles. (The game days were included.) Then, as a control, the researchers looked at the same data from the corresponding days in the intervening years.Read More »from Super Bowl may trigger heart attacks
By Lori PowellRead More »from How to throw a last-minute dinner party
Friends coming to dinner tonight? Throwing a last-minute cocktail party?
Grab a few grocery store items and dress them way up with these brilliant insider tricks.
Dinner for four
Turn store-bought salmon into a dinner party! For a whole meal, serve with Crispy Garlic Broccoli and Wild Rice Pilaf.
Buy this: cooked salmon fillets, bottle of chili sauce (such as Annie Chun's Go Chu Jang Korean Sweet & Spicy Sauce), lower-sodium soy sauce, fresh ginger and scallions
Make this: Chili-Glazed Salmon
Buy this: Cooked wild rice; chopped bell pepper, julienne-cut carrot, chopped red onion, sliced snow peas, and sliced radishes from the salad bar
Make this: Wild Rice Pilaf
Buy this: Broccoli florets (3/4 pound) from the salad bar
Make this: Crispy Garlic Broccoli
Turn the supermarket salad bar into a cocktail party! Serve with Veggie Skewers, Cured Salami, and Shrimp and Aioli. Fab it up: Arrange the salami on a platter and slice and skewer vegetables. Grind
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Who has 20 minutes to put on a full face of makeup? Instead, try one of these get-gorgeous-quick plans from makeup artist Carmindy, who is the co-creator of Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy. After all, you don't want to be late to the party (the appetizers are the best part!).
Dress up your eyes
Enhance your eyes with a swipe of liquid liner. Gaze downward into a mirror and hold the skin at the outer corner of your eye taut so your lid is stretched into a straight line. Apply a regular black pencil right along the lash line, from your inner corner just to the outer corner. "This creates a stencil to trace and fills in gaps between lash hairs," Carmindy explains.
Next, trace the line with liquid liner, extending it about 1/4 inch past the outer corner of your eye with a slight upward tick, which gives eyes a lifted look. Carmindy recommends a pen version of liquid liner for beginners.
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IstockphotoBy Heather MayerRead More »from Throw a healthy tapas party
Girls' night in or guys' poker night doesn't have to revolve around unhealthy finger foods like salty chips, fat-laden cookies, and empty-calorie beer. Step away from the mini pizzas and cheese puffs and sample these sophisticated, healthier tapas recipes.
Marinated Feta and Olive Skewers
Not only does this dish taste exotic, but it looks restaurant worthy! Feta cheese, though high in fat, provides a slew of nutrients like protein, vitamin B12, and calcium. Feta complements the olives and cucumber for a mouthwatering Mediterranean flavor. Make these tangy bites hours beforehand, store them in the refrigerator, and put them out before guests arrive.
Try this recipe: Marinated Feta and Olive Skewers
Olive-Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Spice up traditional bruschetta with this crowd-pleasing recipe. This rendition uses traditional tomato and basil but adds savory olives and robust goat cheese. For a boost of fiber, make this dish with a multigrain baguette instead of
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Ask any of America's hundred-million-plus pet owners if their animal companions make life a little sweeter, and you're bound to hear a gleeful purr. Our critters make us so happy that, in return for their company, we willingly scoop poop, clean cages, shell out for organic kibble, and stock an arsenal of supplies to help cope with all that hair.
We clearly think they're worth it-and maybe they truly are. A wealth of studies suggests that pets are good for your health, sometimes in unexpected ways. The right pet can lower your risk for heart disease, curb stress, and even sniff out serious illnesses. In fact, the more attached you are to your pet, the stronger its protective health benefits may be.
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No matter where you go in life, somebody's sneezing, and possibly spreading colds, the flu, or other infections. Strangers on the elevator, kids at day care, even those self-important colleagues who refuse to take sick days-they all pose a risk. Avoiding germy people is your best defense, but boosting your immunity is just as important for preventing colds, flus, and infections. And because your immune system naturally weakens as you age, charging it up is crucial during cold-and-flu season. Here, an age-specific plan for optimum protection.
Limit sugar and alcohol
Life in your 30s often means fast-tracking a career, starting a family, and keeping up with an active social life-all at the same time. That can mean meals on the fly, sugary snacks for energy, and some social drinking on the weekends. As a result, your immunity can suffer, says Mark Moyad, MD, director of preventive and alternative medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center. "The
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A salmon that grows to market size twice as fast as normal. Dairy cows that produce 15% more milk. Beef cows that grow 20% faster.
What do these hyper-productive animals have in common? Thanks to injections and implants (in the case of cows) or genetic engineering (in the case of salmon), they contain artificially high levels of sex or growth hormones.
Are these hormones dangerous to the humans who eat the food or drink the milk? The food industry says no-and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agrees, at least when it comes to cows.
The FDA, which regulates the use of hormones in livestock, hasn't yet decided whether it will approve the sale of a genetically engineered salmon patented by the biotech company AquaBounty. If the salmon-which is wired to produce growth hormone year-round, instead of just in the spring and summer-gets an OK from the agency, it will be the first genetically engineered animal to wind up on your dinner plate. (Genetically engineered