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Significant Rise In Childhood Obesity, Especially Among Girls, Shown By 20-Year Study

Four-year-old girls are six times more likely to have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 30 than they were 20 years ago and ten-year-olds are five times more likely, according to research published in the April issue of Acta Paediactrica. 

Swedish researchers who studied BMI figures for more than a thousand children over two decades discovered that obesity levels had risen significantly among younger children, but that levels were much more constant among teenagers included in the research. 

They also found that young girls were much more likely to be overweight or obese than boys.

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The Heart of a Woman

Heart Disease: Why It's Different for Women  -- By Karen Gardner, Health & Parenting Writer

Heart disease: It’s not just for men anymore. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), heart disease kills more than 500,000 women annually. In 2001, well over half of the people who died from heart disease were women. That’s right ladies, as far as heart health goes, it is no longer a man’s world.

Yet, "Women still think they cannot have coronary disease," says Dr. Massimo Guisti of Cardiovascular Associates of Virginia, PC. "They are more afraid of ovarian or breast cancer, but coronary disease is the actually the leading cause of death in women."

Heart disease often presents itself differently in women than it does in men. That includes the warning signs of a heart attack as well. In addition to the classic heart attack warning signs, such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath and pain in one or both arms, women may experience these less common signs:

  • Atypical chest, stomach or abdominal pain.
  • Nausea or dizziness without chest pain.
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing without chest pain.
  • Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue.
  • Palpitations, cold sweat or paleness.

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Turning Someday into TODAY

-- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer

It’s time for some cold, hard facts:

  • You’re not going to be able to read every book that you want
  • You’ll never have time to watch all of your favorite shows
  • The house will never be clean enough
  • There will always be another errand to run
  • The grass will continue to grow
  • Everything you buy will need to be dusted, repaired, maintained or disposed of in some way

This is not a critique of any lack of organizational skills on your part, or a reason to give up altogether. Rather, it’s a statement of freedom.

When you know that life will still be waiting for you tomorrow—no matter what—it gives you the freedom to make today count as much as possible. "Someday" is right now. Anytime. And that can be exciting, if you let it. If we ever hope to reach our biggest goals (especially weight loss goals), we have to start making some tough choices. We have to start giving ourselves permission to ignore one thing—or several things—for the sake of something more important. What can be more deserving of our time?

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