The Most Googled Health Questions of 2015

Many of us search the Internet when we need a quick answer to a health question, and each year Google analyzes the most common health queries, both in this country and globally. Our top burning health questions in the U.S. this year, according to Google, showed Americans were worried about catching bronchitis and pneumonia, as well as wondering how many glasses of water they should drink and how many calories they should eat each day, Health reported. Globally, people were most …

Holiday Weight Gain: 5 Easy Pieces (of Advice)

Thanksgiving is all about getting together over food — and I’m fine with that. But then comes that killer five-week stretch of yet more parties and food, with plenty of festive (and fattening) drinks thrown in. Knowing that a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner can easily exceed 3,000 calories, how can health-conscious types survive the holidays unscathed? Many people succumb to temptation (the average holiday weight gain is 1 to 3 pounds, says the NIH), then repent — or at least …

CSPI’s Most Outrageously Unhealthy Restaurant Meals

En español | Every year the Washington, D.C., consumer-watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) takes a look at menus from the country’s top chain restaurants and figures out which meals are so mind-blowingly unhealthy, they deserve some kind of dishonorable mention. Hence, this year’s list of “Xtreme Eating” meals — those with shocking amounts of calories, fat and sodium, which contribute to the nation’s problems with obesity, diabetes and other diet-related diseases, said Paige Einstein, a …

Spring Fitness Tune-Up

Guilty as charged: I’ve grown lax about my workout program in the last few months, leading to a loss in strength and a gain in weight. How can I tell? Because my scale does not lie. Nor, tragically, do my jeans. Last winter seemed to pose a bigger challenge than normal to my (mostly conscientious) exercise habits and (fairly healthy) lifestyle. That long, cold season simply would not die, forcing me to trim my running schedule from three or four …

Pants Too Tight? Could Be That Diet Soda

For older adults who think drinking diet soda helps their waistline, this will be hard to swallow: New research suggests that the more you drink of those artificially sweetened beverages, the bigger your belly grows. A new study of adults age 65-plus found that those who drank diet soda daily gained triple the inches of those who never drank it. The study is the latest to find that diet soda doesn’t actually help us diet. Instead, it may have the …

Food Labeling Requirements Could Make Older Americans Rethink Dining Out

It’s no secret that older Americans’ waistlines are expanding. From 2004 to 2013, the proportion of adults ages 50 and older who were obese increased 21 percent, from 25 to 31 percent of the population*. Associated with chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes, rising levels of obesity are taking a toll on individual health and quality of life, as well as health care costs. Among all age groups, obesity accounts for approximately 21 percent of all health spending. One contributor to …