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Average Kid Consumes Up to 7,000 Calories on Halloween Night

October 30, 2012
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With obesity statistics sky-rocketing and the rate of cavities the highest in 40 years Halloween needs a brand overhaul. According to Time Magazine and Donna Arnett, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s School of Public Health, “Based on the nutrition labels on popular candies, the average child accumulates 3,500 to 7,000 calories worth of treats on Halloween night. According to a recent report, a 100-pound child who consumed all of those treats, or 7,000 calories, would have to walk for nearly 44 hours to burn those calories.” And kids have fast metabolisms…think about us adults! Even if you don’t have kids, you may be tempted to over-indulge with all that extra candy at the office or left over treats from the stash you were giving to trick-or-treaters.

To survive Halloween’s massive calorie consumption, try these 4 tips:

1. Sell Your Candy to a Good Cause

More than 1,000 dentists nationwide are buying candy from kids at $1 per pound and then shipping it to U.S. troops overseas via Operation Gratitude as part of a Halloween Candy Buy-Back program, started by Wisconsin dentist Dr. Chris Kammer.

2. Purchase Candy You Don’t Like

Don’t use Halloween as an excuse to buy your favorite candy for lucky trick-or-treaters as you’ll be tempted to indulge…one for you, one for me…instead, buy your least favorite candy (we can already think of a few) and forget about the risk of racking up extra pounds.

3. Freeze It

Take out enough candy for the week – and literally put the rest in the freezer. It will be such a pain to unfreeze your chocolate bars (and a bit desperate) that you’ll pass your craving before it can defrost.

4. Eat Dinner

Before taking your kids trick or treating, or before handing out candy to kids, eat a full dinner. If you’re full, you’re less likely to fill up on sweets.

 

Photo via Flickr: by JefferyTurner

Body, Mood Boosters

Dr. Oz Gives Tips to Relieve Financial Stress

May 2, 2011
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falling-money.jpgFeeling anxious over your last credit card statement? Losing sleep over your mortgage? You aren’t alone. In a recent study by the Associated Press, 39 percent of people with debt suffer from insomnia, as compared to 17 percent of people not in debt. The study also found that 23 percent of people with high debt stress experience severe depression as a result of it. And stress isn’t good for your health: about twice as many people with high financial stress suffer from heart attacks than those with low stress.

To help beat the money blues we turned to Dr. Oz. The cardiothoracic surgeon is best known for appearing on the Oprah show, Larry King Live and his own daily television show, The Dr. Oz Show. The Doc’s tips can be found on RealAge.com.

Eat a banana. “Eating a banana every day facilitates both the cross talk among your brain cells and the effect of certain neurotransmitters (such as serotonin and its precursors) that can make you feel better. These two effects may mean that eating a banana a day helps keep the therapist away by preventing minor depression.”

Exercise. Working out has shown to be more effective than many antidepressants in reducing major depression. “Part of it may be because exercise boosts feel-good chemicals, and another part likely comes from the sense of purpose and accomplishment that regular exercise brings.”

Write at bedtime. “Write in a gratitude journal daily. While you’re at it, put some music on in the background. Music can improve moderately depressed moods; one study also showed that it improved heart rate and blood pressure.”