Recent studies have given the answers to these 5 questions about dieting, weight loss, and general health.
How many will you get right? (Answers appear below the quiz.)
1. Can the stress of seeing your family for the holidays really kill you?
A. Yes. I’ve got to get away from these people, they’re killing me.
B. No. Sometimes, they drive me nuts, but they won’t kill me.
2. Can being overweight age your face more rapidly than if you are normal weight?
A. Yes. Sometimes, it can.
B. No. Being overweight stretches the skin and smoothes out wrinkles.
3. Should your New Year’s health resolutions (like those for weight loss and exercise) be focused on the long term or short term for better health benefits?
A. Long term. You win the race like the tortoise, not the hare.
B. Short term. Quick action is what produces better results.
4. Is it hormones or your sense of smell that causes you to eat a high-calorie dessert when you’re already full from lunch?
A. Hormones. Yeah, sure, we’ll blame that.
B. Your sense of smell. One whiff of a high-calorie dessert and you’re a goner.
5. Is food addiction real or imagined as a cause for continuing obesity?
A. Real. Some people suffer food addiction just like others suffer from drinking or drug addictions.
B. Imagined. Obese people have only themselves to blame for eating too much.
Here are the answers…
Yes. Researchers at the University of Connecticut Health Center have found more evidence that stressful situations make autoimmune diseases worse and can cause latent infections to reemerge. So if seeing your family during the holidays is stressful for you… good luck.
Yes, under certain circumstances.
According to the Archives of Dermatology, there’s an association between sun damage and the aging of your face with 4 other characteristics… being overweight, smoking, a history of skin cancer, and not using sunscreen.
The long term. Some Kansas State University researchers discovered that people who choose bigger rewards that come later (as opposed to quick rewards in the present) are more likely to lose weight, exercise, and smoke and drink less.
Actually, it is hormones… well, one hormone called ghrelin.
This hormone not only causes us to eat when hungry, but it may also be responsible for causing us to eat pleasurable and “rewarding” foods like desserts when we’re already full. So says UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers.
This is a controversial topic because many people like to blame obese people for their chronic overeating.
But according to obesity researchers at McMaster University, food addiction is a reality for some obese individuals. It can mimic other addictions by causing food-addicted individuals to need more food to reach a level of satisfaction and by causing withdrawal symptoms such as mood changes during dieting.
Even so, the researchers are quick to point out that obese individuals still have the free will to make the choice to lose weight.