Health Headlines of the Week: June 11-15

Featured Article, Healthy Living
on June 14, 2012
What do your shoes say about you?

New Alzheimer’s Caregiving Study Yields Astonishing Stats

Anyone who has played the caregiver role can attest to how exhausting it can be. A new study, however, confirms it! The study, called “Women and Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Crisis” found that women are the primary caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, and it’s taking its toll. Of the 1,204 surveyed caregivers, 49 percent reported feeling overwhelmed, 36 percent reportedly experience depression, and 65 percent have not had a vacation in the last year. Learn more about the study’s findings here.

You’ve Heard of Beer Goggles …

But what about diet goggles? A Japanese professor and his research team have developed “diet goggles,” which essentially manipulate the appearance of portion sizes to trick your brain. For the study, the participants were asked to eat Oreo cookies until they felt satisfied. The results are eye-opening: When the snacks appeared (via diet goggles) 50 percent larger than actual size, the participants consumed 10 percent less. When the cookies appeared 2/3 their actual size, participants ate 15 percent more! Read more about the study here.

Do Your Shoes Tell Your Secrets?

A new study out of the University of Kansas and Wellesley College reveals what women have always known: your shoes ARE the most important part of your ensemble! Kidding aside, the study found that what people wear on their feet tell a pretty clear story about who they are. Study participants were able to correctly guess a stranger’s age, gender and income based on their shoes. But they were also able to accurately determine a person’s level of attachment anxiety, based solely on their shoe choice. Read more here.

Ice Cream … With a Side of Bacon

The debut of Burger King’s new bacon sundae on Thursday was met with mixed reviews—check out our Facebook page for evidence. Some folks were disgusted at the mere thought, while others were intrigued by the unusual pairing. And oddly, plenty of folks who gave it a go reported that the ice cream sundae was oddly delicious! The dessert clocks in at 510 calories, and while there are definitely more high-cal desserts out there, this one was not designed with calories or health in mind. It was introduced as part of a new edgier menu designed to win back fans in the always-heated, “limited time offer” burger wars. The sundae is available only through the summer.