The flu shot is totally worth getting—it can help protect you even if you’re exposed to a different strain than what was in your shot, according to a new study. [EurekAlert]
Bill Clinton actually thanked the SCOTUS for striking down the Defense of Marriage Act today, which he signed in 1996. [USA Today]
Just when you thought Channing Tatum couldn’t get any sexier, he reveals that he used to work with baby animals when he was a vet tech. [Vulture]
Texas Governor Rick Perry called a special legislative session to revisit the anti-abortion bill that state Senator Wendy Davis had blocked with her filibuster. [Office of the Governor Rick Perry]
Even chefs have a hard time spotting seafood fraud. [NPR]
The biggest single source of calories for adults in the U.S.: soda, closely followed by bread. [Prevention]
After getting a divorce, a billionaire released a sex tape to let ladies know he’s back on the market. *Facepalm* [The Cut]
Over the course of a lifetime, women spend close to a year stressing about their weight, according to a new survey. [Mail Online]
If you’re under the impression that only fast-food chains are guilty of super-sizing their meals and piling on the hidden calories, think again: The average meal from independent restaurants and small-scale chains contains a whopping 1,327 calories—more than twice the recommended amount—according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Researchers at Tufts University analyzed 157 of the most popular meals (including side dishes) at 33 restaurants in the Boston area. While the average meal clocked in at 1,327 calories, some types of food were worse than others. Italian (1,755 calories per meal on average) and American (1,494 calories) were the worst. Even Vietnamese, which was the best, averaged 922 calories per meal. To put this in perspective, though, the average woman only needs about 600 calories per meal, says senior study author Susan B. Roberts, PhD, co-author of The “I” Diet. And 1,327 calories is more than double that—not to mention about 66 percent of the total calories the average adult needs in one day.
You can thank huge portion sizes and unhealthy ingredients for the excessive calorie counts, says Roberts. Even something as benign as tandoori chicken, which is typically grilled and should be relatively healthy, can come soaked in oil that cranks up the calorie count, she says.
What’s worse is that you have no way of knowing what the calorie counts are at these types of restaurants. Unlike major chains, small restaurants aren’t required to list nutrition info on their menus or websites. And Roberts says humans tend to be pretty bad at guessing how many calories are lurking in a large dish. “When restaurants are serving these gross, obscene portion sizes, we don’t know what we’re eating,” she says.
This doesn’t mean that you have to give up on dining out altogether, though. Roberts suggests immediately setting aside half of your order and asking your server to put it in a to-go box, as well as asking for condiments on the side. Both of these steps can help keep your meal under control.
Getting a good night’s sleep and waking up rested might just be one of the best feelings in the world. But—bummer alert—women may be less likely than men to regularly experience that refreshed feeling. New information released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that women aged 18 to 44 are almost twice as likely as men in the same age group to frequently feel very tired or exhausted.
In survey data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2010 and 2011, 15.7 percent of women below the age of 45 said they felt “very tired” or “exhausted” on “most days” or “every day”—compared to just 8.7 percent of men. That means dudes are almost twice as likely to be well rested.
That data doesn’t surprise sleep expert Lisa Shives, MD, who says women are up to twice as likely to report having insomnia. Shives posits that, since many women now work outside of the home and take on a big portion of chores and family duties, it makes sense that women would say they feel wiped out.
But just because it’s super common for women to feel tired doesn’t mean you should ignore it. If you don’t get enough sleep, you increase your risk of health issues like depression, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, weight gain, and more, says Shives, who is the founder of Northshore Sleep Medicine in Evanston, Ill., and the medical expert for SleepBetter.org.
“People treat sleep like it’s a recreational activity, like they can cut back on it,” says Shives. “Sleep is not negotiable.” Read more about why it’s so important to get your ZZZs—and how you can clock more:
Well, this should help restore your faith in humanity: Almost half of people say they’d be very or somewhat likely to donate a kidney to a stranger in need, according to a new survey. [Mayo Clinic]
Someone finally invented a hospital gown that closes in the back. It’s about time! [TODAY]
Are you getting enough vitamin D? If not, you could face a higher risk for uterine fibroids. [NYT]
A Michigan high school covered up a rape to protect their star basketball player. Despicable. [NWLC]
Men who wear kilts have higher-quality sperm than those who prefer pants or shorts. Yeah, still not into it. [Mail Online]
Tomorrow is the Backstreet Boys’ 20th anniversary. #FeelingOld [The Frisky]
If you interact with your inbox as often as you socialize with real people, join the crowd. Most people communicate via social networks or email about as often as they speak face-to-face, according to a study conducted by the University of Michigan.
In a survey of 3,000 Generation X-ers involved in the Longitudinal Study of American Youth, the average person reported about 75 face-to-face conversations a month, compared to 74 electronic interactions on Facebook, Twitter, email, and Skype.
When you grow up with technology, using it feels natural, says study author Jon Miller, Ph.D., a researcher at the Institute for Social Research for Political Studies. “Busy people do what works, whether it’s keeping in touch with your cell phone, texting, tweeting, or emailing,” he says.
The thing is, you’re more likely to be misunderstood and perceived as unsociable–even ill tempered–when you rely on electronic communication, says communication specialist Miti Ampoma, author of The Innovative Communicator. (Just think about that coworker who returns your call with an email, or straight-out rejects your meeting requests.) Worse yet: if you let Facebook replace face time, your confidence suffers when you actually interact in the flesh, says Ampoma.
Want to keep your social skills up to snuff? Schedule regular face time. When you communicate offline you can see and read a person’s face, interpret their expressions, and better understand their moods and behaviors. “As long as personal communication remains, electronic communication is OK,” says Miller, “but the quality of your relationship can deteriorate if you rely solely on electronic communication—especially in serious relationships.” Allocate a total of two or more hours a week for human face time, and spend it with your friends, family, or partner. And put down your cell phone or iPad while you’re at it.
For more strategies on how to keep tech from ruling your personal life, follow these 7 tips for how to log more face time.
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