Treat rewards often serve as a bonding mechanism for many pet owners and their pets. As early as puppy and kittenhood, treats are typically incorporated into a pet’s daily lifestyle for positive reinforcement and training purposes. But too much positive reinforcement from treats can have negative consequences.
Would you rather be thin or strong? Smart or sexy? What exactly do Americans consider to be healthy in 2018? Parade magazine and Cleveland Clinic recently joined forces to take the pulse of Americans’ behaviors and attitudes toward health today.
Is your current job making you fat? How can you reverse the situation without having to leave the position? A new CareerBuilder survey finds that 57% of the nation’s workforce believe they are overweight, and 45% believe they’ve gained weight at their present job, on par with last year. Twenty-six percent of all workers said they gained more than 10 pounds at their current job; 1 in 10 (11%) gained more than 20 pounds.
While 85% of Americans say they know how to eat right, more than half flunked a basic quiz on dietary facts and weight loss. The MDVIP Fat IQ Survey, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, reveals contradictory behaviors relating to obesity and weight management and explores deeper motivations that may stimulate lifestyle changes and offer Americans a higher probability of losing weight successfully.
“People who make an effort to lose weight can help their partner do the same, according to a study published online Feb. 1, 2018, by Obesity and covered by Harvard Health Publishing.”
Most Americans report feeling unhappy with how their body looks at times (79% vs. 21% never, I am always satisfied with how my body looks), with dissatisfaction most prevalent when looking in the mirror (37%), when at the beach in a bathing suit (32%), or when shopping for clothes (31%). However, one in five Americans would be willing to take performance-enhancing dietary supplements (21%, e.g., protein, creatine, vitamins and minerals, etc.) in order to attain their perfect/ideal body.
By any measure, the majority of U.S. consumers have a weight problem. The most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that 34% of consumers over age 20 are obese and 34% are overweight (but not obese). The numbers for children are not much better, although only 10% of kids between the