Teenage girls getting even fatter: Now a staggering 60% are OBESE, according to waistline measure
12/3/2013 12:01:00 PM
A staggering 60 per cent of teenage girls are obese by the time they reach 16, according to research that measures waistlines rather than BMI.
The waist of the average 15-year-old girl has expanded nearly 13cm (5in) in the past two decades, according to a study which finds that many children are even fatter than previously thought.
Recent statistics which judge obesity by BMI seem to have indicated there has been a levelling off in child obesity. However, these numbers do not take into account waist circumference
Health experts now believe that central obesity (fat round the mid-section) is increasing at a faster rate than general weight.
So relying solely only on Body Mass Index (BMI) may provide inaccurate estimates of the childhood obesity epidemic, according to new research by Leeds Metropolitan University, published in Public Health journal.
Norwegian WAG defends her semi-naked selfie showing perfect flat stomach four days after giving birth, saying she did not intend to upset other mums
12/3/2013 12:00:00 PM
A footballer's wife has defended her decision to post an image of her flat stomach four days after she gave birth.
Caroline Berg Eriksen - who is married to Norwegian Premier League player Lars-Kristian Eriksen - was criticised for putting pressure on other new mothers to lose weight with the photograph.
Bloggers have said that to get the washboard waist in such a short space of time was physically impossible, but the 26-year-old has said she did not intend on upsetting anyone with the selfie.
The photograph, which was posted on Instagram, shows her standing in front of a mirror in black and pink lace underwear.
Underneath, there a caption that reads 'I feel so empty and still not, 4 days after birth'.
Mrs Berg Eriksen, who runs the most visited blog in Scandinavia under the name Fotballfrue, or 'The Footballer's Wife', prompted one blogger to criticise the move ...
Sources claim train engineer FELL ASLEEP moments before New York crash which killed 4 passengers
12/3/2013 11:59:00 AM
The engineer who was at the controls during a deadly New York train crash fell asleep, sources from the investigation claimed today.
William Rockefeller Jr, a 46-year-old operator with an unblemished record in his 20-year Metro-North career, told investigators after the crash that he had 'zoned out'.
The Metro-North Railroad commuter train was barreling down the track at 82mph before it derailed on Sunday along a sharp curve where the speed limit is 30mph. Four passengers died and 67 were injured.
According to the New York Post, Rockefeller 'was just somehow inattentive' and only jolted into action when a whistle blew to warn him of how fast the train was traveling. The brakes were slammed - but it was too late to prevent disaster.
Some carriages rolled several times throwing people from them. Three people were found dead outside the train and one person inside. The train came to ...
What a food stamp budget is really like: CEO agrees to live on $36 grocery list for one week - and reveals just how hungry it made her
12/3/2013 11:59:00 AM
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget.
Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal.
Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.
'I don't know how people do it,' said Ms Moulton, who is a successful CEO of a redevelopment company. 'I am hungry a lot.'
In reality, most food stamp recipients don't rely entirely on the stamps, but participants in the challenge agreed to do just that in order to see how far the ...
Delta kicked 50 passengers off flight the Sunday after Thanksgiving so it could charter a plane for the Florida Gators basketball team
12/3/2013 11:58:00 AM
Fifty passengers had their holiday travel plans disrupted on Sunday when Delta Airlines kicked 50 people off a full flight so it could use the plane for the Florida Gators basketball team.
Delta says it needed the plane to ferry the No. 15-ranked Gators to Storrs, Connecticut, for the team's match-up against the UConn Huskies.
Furious passengers in Gainesville, Florida, were told their flight to Atlanta Sunday afternoon had been canceled - even though they could see their plane sitting on the tarmac.
The Gainesville Sun reports that one passenger missed a funeral. Another didn't get home in time to meet his moving truck. Another had to drive to Atlanta in order to get to her meeting on time.
Many others were returning home from the Thanksgiving holiday.
'It just felt like the wrong decision made by somebody who didn't think it through,' one furious passenger told the newspaper.
Sandy Hook killer's mother taught him to shoot aged four, 'lied to buy him guns' and abandoned her 'lost cause' son to go on vacations alone, new book reveals
12/3/2013 11:57:00 AM
Nancy Lanza took her killer son Adam shooting from the age of just four, may have lied on federal paperwork to buy him guns and went on long holidays alone without the boy she branded a 'lost cause', a new book reveals today.
It lays out the strongest case yet against the mother of the Sandy Hook shooter - just days after parents of the victims said her 'bad parenting' was partly to blame.
Nancy knew as far back as 2000 that there was ‘something very wrong’ with the boy and effectively abandoned her disturbed son last year while she went on trips by herself.
Meanwhile, Adam Lanza was left alone in the house they shared where he spent his days playing violent video games and filling in a 7ft by 4ft spreadsheet ranking the worst mass murders of all time by number of fatalities.
Just three days ...
Microsoft alienates woman gamers with 'sexist' letter to girlfriends begging for Xbox One
12/2/2013 12:21:00 PM
Microsoft has been accused of alienating its female customers after providing a sexist note to gamers promoting the new Xbox One.
With the holidays approaching, the company released an online form letter for men to send their girlfriends in a bid to convince them the latest model console would be a good present, for the both of them.
The note 'We got your back,' began: 'Hey honey, not sure if you've heard but Xbox One is now available. ...I know, I know. You'd rather knit than watch me slay zombies, but hear me out on this. Xbox One is actually for both of us. Seriously.'
The note immediately sparked a backlash on Social Media, with critics labeling it condescending and heteronormative, according to the Daily Dot.
Your true love better get a bonus this year: Presents mentioned in '12 Days of Christmas' carol cost $114,651 this year
12/2/2013 12:20:00 PM
The price of lords-a-leaping and ladies dancing has spiked this holiday season, but other items mentioned in the carol 'The 12 Days of Christmas' still cost the same as they did last year.
Buying one set of the gifts mentioned in each verse costs $27,393 in stores, or 7.7 per cent more than last year, according to the so-called Christmas Price Index that PNC Wealth Management updates annually.
And if you buy all 364 items repeated throughout the carol, you'll pay $114,651 — 6.9 per cent more than last year. Last-minute shoppers who turn to the Internet will pay even more for all the gifts — about $173,000.
Energy drinks 'change the way the heart beats' and could lead to heart rhythm problems
12/2/2013 12:19:00 PM
Energy drinks high in caffeine change the way the heart beats and could increase the risk of potentially fatal heart rhythm problems, researchers have warned.
Healthy adults who consumed the drinks had significantly increased heart contraction rates one hour later.
This means that the chamber of the heart that pumps blood around the body - the left ventricle - was contracting harder an hour after the energy drink.
The German researchers examined the effect of drinks high in caffeine and taurine - such as Red Bull-type drinks - on 18 healthy adults with an average age of 27.5 years.
Each of the volunteers underwent MRI scan of the heart before and one hour after consuming an energy drink containing taurine (400 mg/100 ml) and caffeine (32 mg/100 ml).
After the drink, these people had 'significantly increased peak strain' and contractility in the left ventricle of ...
At least someone's happy! Nevada's legal prostitutes say they can finally get health insurance thanks to Obamacare (but the brothels' owner says it will cost him a fortune)
12/2/2013 12:18:00 PM
President Obama's beleaguered health care programme has received a ringing endorsement - from Nevada's legal prostitutes.
The controversial scheme - otherwise known as Obamacare - is accused of being too expensive by some critics and faced anger after crippling glitches on its website prevented many from signing up when it first launched.
But the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has enabled the legal prostitutes to get health insurance cover for the first time.
'Having this profession, we aren't exactly offered group health insurance... I'm excited,' Taylor Lee, who works at Moonlight Bunny Ranch, told Nevada's news4.