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This Week: In Brief

Saturday, December 12, 2009 Posted by Peter Janiszewski, PhD

While we regularly post lengthy discussions on Obesity Panacea, there are many research updates, news stories, videos, etc. in the field of obesity, physical activity and nutrition that we come across on a daily basis that never grace the pages of the blog. Most of these mini-stories we share with our followers on Twitter, and we encourage those of you with active Twitter accounts to communicate with us there to get real-time updates of all the stuff we are discussing (Follow Peter and/or Follow Travis). For those of you who shy away from Twitter, enjoy below the best mini-stories that we came across during the prior week along with links to the original source so that you can follow the full story.

According to Heart and Stroke Foundation, “trans-fat free” = 5% trans fat. (Weighty Matters)

Genetic obesity in kids absolves parents of child abuse accusations? (Dr. Sharma’s Obesity Notes)

How to eat healthy when you have no time. (Summer Tomato)

Looking for holiday gifts? Check out this great list of physically active toys (Saskatchewan In Motion)

Overweight and obese women in the workforce experience a significant wage-penalty: (

Obesity Linked With Poorer Breast Cancer Outcomes: (

Best time of the day to exercise? Afternoon/evening; athletic performance is worst in the morning: (

55% of Canadians are not willing to give up watching TV for extra 5 years of life: Would you? (

Want to get fit at your desk? Here's a well-meaning but a tad silly office workout routine, complete with 14 exercises: (

RECALL: Slim-fast diet drinks contaminated with bacteria causing diarrhea & vomiting - that will surely help with the weight loss: (

Post-humous liposuction for cash? Peru gang accused of removing the fat from corpses to sell on the black market: (

Did we miss any relevant news that you came across this week? Let us know by leaving a comment!

Enjoy the weekend,


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