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Can Tanning Be As Addictive As Drugs - HER Week In Health

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In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Week In Health" for the week of August 12, 2011, Bailey Mosier talks about a study in which experts say that for some people using a tanning bed has the same addictive quality as some drugs. Bailey also shares some tips on how getting up and moving can help curb the pains associated with arthritis, and finally shares some simple tips about how changing your snacking habits can help you shed those unwanted pounds.

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier and this is EmpowHER’s HER Week in Health.

Summer’s winding down and many women may be turning to tanning beds to maintain that year-round glow. In this week’s edition we’ll find out that the need for frequent tanning may actually be a neurological addiction. We’ll also find out that more than half of women with arthritis are couch potatoes, despite physical activity being one of the best ways to alleviate pain and improve general function. And lastly, all the mindless eating you do could be prevented with a few simple changes to your surroundings.

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center found that people who frequently use tanning beds have similar brain activity to that seen in people addicted to drugs and alcohol.

Which might help explain why some continue to use tanning beds despite the risk of developing melanoma – the most lethal form of skin cancer.

Researchers say that people under 30 who use tanning beds 10 times a year are eight times more likely to develop malignant melanoma … and now, there’s evidence it may be a habit people need help breaking.

A Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine study found that half of all women with arthritis are couch potatoes, which is unfortunate, considering physical activity can help alleviate joint pain, improve general function and may even delay or prevent disability in people with arthritis.

Federal guidelines recommend adults with arthritis participate in 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity, low-impact activity. Only one in 12 women met these guidelines in their experiment.

A wake-up call to physicians, is what this really is. – to better inform and regiment exercise plans for their patients with arthritis. Brisk walks and water aerobics are two low-impact ways to boost your physical activity, but if you have arthritis it’s best o consult your physician to figure out a plan that’s best for you.

Researchers say we can go from mindless eating to mindlessly eating better by making a few small changes to our environment.

In a report presented at the American Psychological Association’s 119th Annual Convention, experts argue that by and large, we don’t even realize we’re overeating.

One consumer psychologist’s findings showed that people lost up to two pounds a month after making several simple changes in their environment including: eating off salad plates instead of large dinner plates; keeping unhealthy foods out of immediate line of sight and moving healthier foods to eye level in the cupboard and refrigerator; and eating in the kitchen or dining room, not in front of the TV.

Experts conclude that it’s easier to change your environment than to change your mind, and that these mindlessly simple tips can help you lose weight.

That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Week in Health. Join me here at EmpowHER.com every Friday as we recap the latest in women’s health.

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