So, even for individuals going on a healthy diet, the body responds as if it is fighting off starvation. TRADITIONAL TREATMENT Unfortunately, there are very few resources for overweight teens. Currently, most clinicians do nothing until the teen is obese, but were trying to move toward a model where we dont wait until the person is behind the eightball, says Ochner. Our teen program shifts the model toward empowering them to set proper goals for their diet and exercise. Goal setting is the main tool for helping them form healthy eating and physical activity habits. Some researchers have found that teens dont respond well to the normal diet advice to count calories and cut calories. Instead of giving a ton of nutritional advice, we ask teens, What do you think your biggest culprit might be in terms of eating? And they know what it is: sitting down with a whole bag of chips, or eating a gallon of ice cream every few days, says Ochner. Then we ask, What would you like to improve in your eating habits? We want them to have specific and measurable goals: to substitute something healthy, or to eat a little less of something unhealthy. Each teen also makes his or her own exercise plan.
The end of obesity, sort of
Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43% in a Decade reported The New York Times, further explaining that the drop offered the first clear evidence that Americas youngest children have turned a corner in the obesity epidemic. The Washington Post reported that the data provided another encouraging sign in the fight against one of the countrys leading public health problems, but didnt mention the sample size. And the Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted the New York Times coverage, calling the decline stunning. The Philadelphia Inquirer trumpeted the drop with a misleading headline : Obesity Rate Shows Signs of Leveling Off, though the body of the article read much more pessimistically, quoting the studys author in the third graf, saying her data showed no change in youth or adults. So much for leveling off. The press releases for the study make it a bit clearer how one small statistic came to dominate the story of the newly released data. The JAMA press release (find it here ) gives a thorough summary of the findings, titled Obesity Prevalance Remains High in U.S.; No Significant Change in Recent Years. But a press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which provided the data for the study, has a more uplifting messagestarting with its title: New CDC data show encouraging development in obesity rates among 2 to 5 year olds. (Read the whole thing here .) Though the CDC release says that the precise reasons for the drop in obesity are not clear, it follows up the statement with some encouraging quotes about government-run obesity prevention programs. Weve also seen signs from communities around the country with obesity prevention programs, CDC Director Tom Frieden says in the release. This confirms that at least for kids, we can turn the tide and begin to reverse the obesity epidemic. The release continues with a quote from Michelle Obama, celebrating the Lets Move anniversary: Healthier habits are beginning to become the new norm. CDCs press releases include the data and also provide perspective on broader issues, wrote Karen Hunter, a senior press officer with the CDC, when I emailed her asking about the difference in the releases. She also wrote that the JAMA release focused solely on the science. The connection to Lets Move wasnt an accident; the news tied in well with the First Ladys events this week marking the 4th anniversary of Lets Move, wrote Hunter.
It is a combination that she says is "deadly." 'Kids should get 60 minutes of exercise a day' What's more alarming is the pervasiveness of the problem among the world's youth. From the WHO report: Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The problem is global and is steadily affecting many low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings. The prevalence has increased at an alarming rate. Globally, in 2010 the number of overweight children under the age of five, is estimated to be over 42 million. Close to 35 million of these are living in developing countries.
Stock Market Today: Foot Locker Laces Up and Big Lots Gets Smaller
I monitor 44 global stock markets on a daily basis, as I track investments in my Global Gains Investment Program at my firm Global Guru Capital . Doing so allows me to shift money into the best-performing markets in the world -- no matter where they may be. With that, here are four top-performing global stock markets that have generated at least double-digit percentage gains in 2014. 1. Market Vectors Egypt (EGPT) - up 20.18% The Rothchilds family famously advised: "It's best to invest when there is blood in the streets." By that standard, Egypt is the place to be. The country's economy has been racked by political unrest ever since the "Arab Spring" ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak three years ago. The most recent protests focused on the ousted President Mohammed Morsi. At the same time, the news is improving.
Stock Market Fear is Tapering, Greed is Back
Equities have beaten the performance of bonds ( TLT ) by 7.64% over the last 20 trading days. Thats the strongest performance for stocks relative to bonds over the past two years. Its also a signal that investors have rotated away from the relative safety of bonds ( BOND ) into stocks. AUDIO: Is this the Weakest Bull Market in History? Its a good time to remember Warren Buffetts classic rule:Be fearful when the elevation group others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. But never mind that, because this time is different, right? The S&P 500s ( VOO ) 60-month advance has lifted the index by around 177%. By comparison, the average bull market since 1921 has risen roughly 180% and lasted just 62 months.
Profit spiked by 19% and beat estimates, coming in at $0.81 a share. Sales grew 4.6% to $1.79 billion as the shoe seller managed what few other retailers could over the holidays: a healthy 5% rise in comparable-store sales. Notably, profit margin also remained at a record high for the company, which means that it didn't have to slash prices to keep customer traffic humming. Foot Locker management expects to add to that momentum with new initiatives in the short term like its children's business and shop-in-shop concepts, and a European expansion is in the cards for the longer term. Big Lots this morning booked a rough, but still better than expected, 6% drop in sales for its fiscal fourth quarter. Revenue came in at $1.64 billion, slightly ahead of the $1.61 billion that Wall Street expected. Earnings were even with expectations at $1.39 a share. The closeout retailer saw comparable-store sales shrink by an unfortunate 3%.
What is surprising is the demand from US consumers. Annual demand for gold jewellery (by volume) there increased for the first time since 2001. US gold consumption was up 18 per cent in 2013. The US mint reported a 29 per cent increase in the number of American eagle coins sold. For the pros, gold as an investment may be passe.
Gold prices up, but is it just seasonal buying?
Now with China a bigger buyer, the picture is more complex. Gold buying ticks up in India during months when the country tends to see an increase in weddings, typically February, May and July. That should explain why gold is doing so well in February, but Mr. Bridges notes that Indian demand has recently slumped because of high inflation and economic malaise in the country. That means much of Februarys gain cant be explained by India alone. At the same time, Chinas new year celebrations, another period of strong gold buying, peaked last month. With Indian imports lower Elevation Group and the Chinese New Year celebrations largely over, the recent strength in gold prices appears to be driven by something other than seasonality, Mr. Bridges said. Unfortunately, the answer might simply be a temporary bounce after the strong selloff last year.