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  • How to Stay Healthy When Everyone Around You is Overweight

    ThinkstockThinkstockYour best friend could be your waistline's worst enemy: An obese buddy can increase your chances of becoming obese by 57 percent, and when your bestie becomes obese, your risk shoots up to 171 percent. The domino-effect data is harsh but makes sense: You live, laugh and love together? Surely you eat and exercise (or not) together too.

    About one-third of all American adults (that's 33.8 percent!) are obese.

    Consider these stats: The number of so-called "fat states" with an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or more has increased to 12 states in 2010. (Thirty-six states had a prevalence of 25 percent or more.) That's compared to 2009, when only nine states had obesity rates of 30 percent or more. Back in 2000, no state had an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or more.
    Translation: America's obesity epidemic is steadily getting worse. Much worse.

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    What's the Deal?

    We hate to name names, but we'd be remiss if we

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  • Body-Snarking: Women's Form of Bullying?

    ThinkstockThinkstock"Oh. My. God. Becky, look at her butt. It is so BIG."

    If you were of club dancing age in the past twenty years, then you've probably backed up your rump-o'-smooth-skin while shouting (from memory) Sir Mix-A-Lot's notorious anthem to big butts and killer curves.

    While those butt-bashing opening lines-spoken by two skinny mean girls-have become a rallying cry for women of every size to stick out their butts and dance, many of us have probably been those mean girls at one time or another too.

    Unfortunately, criticizing other women's bodies is par for the course among women. The practice even has its own term: body snarking.

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    "We think body snarking is the most common form of body talk," says Denise Martz, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Appalachian State University. Women of all ages sneer at other women walking by ("She should not be wearing that"), at schoolmates or co-workers ("She totally has cankles"), at family members,

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  • 10 Snacks Under 100 Calories

    When you're jonesing for a snack, it's all too easy to give into temptation and reach for a jumbo candy bar. Then, we regret it-instantly. It's time to take the shame out of snack time with ten simple recipes.

  • Birth Control Beads: Would You Use Them to Plan Pregnancy?

    ThinkstockThinkstockWhen it comes to family planning-deciding how many children to have and how many years apart they'll be spaced-women are faced with few choices. Among them: Condoms, IUDs or trading in your birth control for a lot less control.

    But a new study shows there's another option, that's side-effect free: A different take on the rhythm method. Yes, that form of pregnancy protection long vilified by your sex-ed teacher and your mother got a makeover. Meet "The Standard Days Method," where you use a string of color-coded beads to identify your fertile days (rather than your math skills). The Standard Days Method has a perfect-use failure rate of about 5 percent-less than the rhythm method, and some condoms and diaphragms.

    A study, to be published in the October issue of Journal of Family Planning & Reproductive Health Care, followed 1,659 women who used the Standard Days Method. This method, which was created by researchers at the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University

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  • Sneaky Health Issues that Mess with Your Sex Life

    ThinkstockThinkstockEveryone likes to talk about sex-that is-until they're not having it.

    Satisfying, safe sex adds years to the lives of women and men alike, while bringing us closer to our partners.

    MORE: Eight Ways Sex Makes You More Beautiful

    But when your male partner experiences a decreased sex drive, your relationship takes a hit. While women report having less sex drive than they think they should, the truth is, it's not uncommon for men to have trouble getting into the mood.

    If a man has trouble with sexual performance most of the time (not just once every five times) there's probably a reason for it. Erectile Dysfunction (ED) affects nearly 20 percent of men in the U.S. In fact, a new study finds that problems reaching orgasm are a "regular occurrence even in men without ED."

    The good news is that when you know the cause of your sexual difficulties, you can address it head-on. ED specifically tends to increase with age, and there are tons of (surprising) factors to look out for,

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  • The 10 Most Confusing Food Questions, Answered

    ThinkstockThinkstock"Low-fat," "no sugar added," low carbs"-what does this mean for your meals? Before you step into the kitchen, make sure you know about these 10 eating conundrums.

    Q: Is the high salt count in low-calorie frozen meals really that problematic?

    A: Sorry guys, but you need to put down the frozen burrito. In sad news for boob-tubers everywhere, it's important to know that your beloved TV dinner can have distressingly high sodium levels. Why so dangerous? Because the average American should only intake up to 1500-2300 mg of salt daily (depending on age and health profile), and some nuke-able meals hit that mark in just one sitting. That means increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, even kidney failure-all reasons to skip the salt lick and opt for fresh meals or leftovers instead. Trust us, "The Bachelor" can wait the extra 10 or 15 minutes it takes to cook up a healthier meal choice. Here's lookin' at you, DVR!

    QUIZ: Are You Eating Pretty?

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  • Christina Hedricks' Beautiful Good Deed on the Emmy Awards Red Carpet

    Courtesy of LatisseCourtesy of LatisseLong lashes, pencil skirts, and working with the Make-A-Wish-Foundation, Hendricks tells YouBeauty what makes her feel beautiful.

    Christina Hendricks may be best known for the flash of red hair and dangerous curves she flaunts as Joan Holloway on AMC's "Mad Men," but the 36 year-old actress is looking to shift the spotlight to a cause that's close to her heart.

    Last evening, as Hendricks glided down the red carpet at The Emmy Awards as a nominee for her role, a 17 year-old named David was at her side. It's the teen's greatest wish to attend the glitzy awards show with the actress, a feat made possible through the Make-A-Wish-Foundation-a non-profit that fulfills the wishes of children and teens faced with life-threatening medical conditions.

    Hendricks, who is the newest face of lash growth drug Latisse, became involved with the initiative via the Latisse Wishes Challenge Campaign, which aims to raise $500,000 in order make a wish come true in every Make-A-Wish chapter

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  • Why Celebrity Marriages Fail

    Alan Davidson/WireImage; Jeff Vespa/WireImageAlan Davidson/WireImage; Jeff Vespa/WireImageRelationship commitment is all about how you think. Learn the real science of why celebrity marriages can't stand the heat and discover how to make yours last.

    Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon; Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid; Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise (Tom, you were normal back then!); Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony; Demi Moore and Bruce Willis; Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley (Liz, you're better without him!); Sean Penn and Robin Wright; Elizabeth Taylor and, well, so many; and perhaps the most remembered of all, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt.

    What do they have in common? They're just a small sample of celebrity couples we've fallen in love with only to watch them split.

    While the average divorce rate for first marriages hovers around 40 percent, celebrity divorce lawyer Raoul Felder estimates that the stars' divorce rate is well over 50 percent and points out that it's tough to name more than a handful with long-term, happy marriages. What gives?!

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  • Looks Discrimination: Can You Sue?

    ThinkstockThinkstockIf you're willing to admit you're unattractive, you just might have a case.

    Tired of pretty people getting a free ride? An economics professor says you might be able to sue.

    In his book, "Beauty Pays," to be published this month, author Daniel S. Hamermesh, Ph.D., claims that the discrimination unattractive folks endure is not unlike that of a racial or religious nature.

    In fact, he says, unattractiveness can literally cost you. In one study of American workers whose looks were graded by casual observers, those who ranked in the bottom one-seventh earned between 10 to 15 percent less than the workers who made the top one-third. That's a lifetime difference of about $230,000.

    Other studies in the past couple of decades show that additional earnings aren't the only ancillary benefit that attractive people enjoy. Getting a better mortgage rate and finding a more financially stable partner have also been proven as more common occurrences among the good-looking.

    "In the

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  • F.D.A. Says Brazilian Blowout is Dangerous


    After months of controversy, the F.D.A. found that the miracle hair relaxer contains an alarming amount of a potential carcinogen.

    Craving perfectly straight, sleek hair? It may be time to head back to the flat iron.

    Brazilian Blowout-one of the popular versions of the Brazilian keratin straightening treatments currently offered at salons-has just been confirmed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) to contain "dangerous levels" of formaldehyde, in spite of its label claim to be "Formaldehyde Free."

    The violations are just two of several cited in the FDA's public letter to Brazilian Blowout CEO Mike Brady, which goes on to institute a mid-September deadline for the company to either address all concerns, or risk seizure and injunction of product inventory.

    Yet controversy is not new to the Hollywood-based company. In November 2010, California's attorney general's office filed a lawsuit against Brazilian Blowout, claiming that the high levels of

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