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Asthma Associated with Larger Waist Measurements

Expanding waistlines associated with increased prevalence of asthma!

With a rising prevalence of asthma in the US, who would have guessed it might be associated with expanding waistlines? A study of more than 88,000 women teachers in California found that those who were overweight had a 40% higher risk for asthma compared to normal weight women. Interestingly, after adjusting for smoking, age, and ethnicity women with waist measurements larger than 35.2 inches had significantly higher risk for asthma--even if they were normal weight. Visceral fat is associated with inflammatory processes, and asthma is an inflammatory condition of the airways.

PositiveTip: Go easy on the high-calorie foods and be physically active daily. It could help reduce your risk of asthma!

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Weight Control: It’s All about Simple Math

It's not magic! Losing weight is simple math--calorie math.

Here’s how to break it down: 3500 calories is equal to one pound.  There are 7 days in a week. So in order to lose about a pound per week—which is a healthy rate for weight loss—you need to cut out 500 calories each day. This can be done by either eating less calories or burning off more calories. There are 52 weeks in a year, so at this rate you can lose approximately 52 pounds per year! It’s that easy! If you want to gain weight, just reverse these steps.

Positive Tip: Take control of your weight—keep track of those calories.