Humans enjoy their food more when it's been cut into pieces, so in this week’s edition, I’ll tell you why that’s good news for dieters. We’ll also learn if young adults can actually afford to put themselves through college. And if you want to lower your risk for diabetes, it may be as simple as going for a walk every day. Have a look!
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Week in Health.
Humans enjoy their food more when it's been cut into pieces, so in this week’s edition, I’ll tell you why that’s good news for dieters. We’ll also learn if young adults can actually afford to put themselves through college. And if you want to lower your risk for diabetes, it may be as simple as going for a walk every day. Have a look.
Arizona State University researchers gave 301 college students an uncut bagel or one that was cut into quarters. Twenty minutes after the bagel was consumed, subjects were told that they could eat as much or as little from a complimentary lunch.
Subjects who received the single, uncut bagel ate more calories from both the bagel and the test meal than those who received the multiple-piece bagel.
And it’s because researchers found that a food portion cut into multiple, bite-sized pieces looks larger and elicits greater satiation than the same portion presented as a single, large piece. So a simple way to trick yourself into eating less, is to simply cut your food into smaller pieces.
A team at PBS recently crunched numbers to see if young adults today can actually afford to put themselves through college. What they found, wasn’t all that encouraging.
The team calculated their assumptions based on the federal minimum wage – currently $7.25 an hour – with a part-time job of 20 hours per week during the school year and a full-time job of 40 hours per week over the summer.
Looking at four-year public institutions, average college costs actually could have been paid for until the 2000-2001 school year. Since then, as the price of college keeps rising, a student would have to work more hours or make more per hour to keep up. And if a student chooses a private school, minimum wage on average wouldn’t come close to covering the cost of college.
With college costs continuing to rise, it may be imperative now more than ever, to start saving early for your child’s future college fund.
If you’re at risk for developing diabetes and want to lower that risk, it may be as simple as going for a short walk every day.
The University of Washington and University of Pittsburgh researchers studied 1,800 people who wore pedometers for a week and had an average body mass index of 32, which signifies obesity. People who walked between 5,400 and 7,799 steps each day had a 26 percent lower risk of diabetes compared with people who walked less than 3,500 steps. And people who walked 7,800 or more steps each day had a 23 percent lower risk of diabetes.
This isn’t the first time walking has been shown to ward off diabetes. The American Diabetes Association suggests people should walk 5 miles, or 10,000 steps, per day. If that sounds overwhelming, start with a comfortable pace – even as little as 10 minutes a day – and gradually add more time every week until you get to about 30 to 45 minutes every day.
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.