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Obesity and Cancer Prevention

Excess body weight is estimated to cause 128,800 U.S. cancer cases yearly.

What is the most important thing you can do to prevent cancer other than not smoking? If you guessed being at a healthy weight, you are right. Take a look at this infographic from the American Institute of Cancer Research.

PositiveTip: Eat a healthy, wholesome, balanced diet and move more to help protect yourself from cancer.

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You Won't Lose Weight with Veggies on a Side Plate

Simply adding fruit and vegetables to an excessive or unhealthy diet won't help you lose weight.

Fruit and vegetable consumption is a critical part of a healthy diet, and is often recommended for weight loss plans. However, a recent survey of weight loss literature found that simply increasing fruit and vegetable intake without restricting total calories or removing unhealthy foods from your diet had no effect on weight loss.

PositiveTip: To lose weight, change your plate - Push off fatty, sugary or processed foods, put on fruits and vegetables.

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Sleeping In Could Affect Your Weight

Women with consistent sleep habits have lower body fat.

Researchers tracking 300 collegiate females' sleep patterns found that a consistent bedtime, and especially wake time, affected body fat. Women whose sleep and wake time varied more than 90 minutes during the week had higher body fat than those with less than 60 minutes of variation. Researchers believe that sleep pattern disruption affects physical activity patterns and hormones that regulate food consumption, leading to increased body fat.

PositiveTip: Instead of hitting the snooze button, jump out of bed and prevent unnecessary weight gain!