Does Your Job Cause Diabetes?

The Impact of Stress In an extensive German study that collected data from more than 5,300 employees aged 29-66, scientists found that the women who were under a high level of work pressure had a 45% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. About 20% of people are affected by high levels of mental stress…

Are You Being Fat Shamed?

“Fat shaming” has become a standard term recently, starting a few years ago when several videos strongly criticizing and harassing overweight people were made public and went viral on the Internet. It is possible that these poorly educated individuals actually believed that their hurtful comments would spur some obese people to lose weight and actually…

Four Words This Dietitian Hates

Words have more power than we give them credit for and there are a lot of words that irk me when people use them during conversations about food and nutrition. Healthy – Define “healthy” for me, because your definition is likely very different from mine. If you tell me that you want a “healthy diet”…

Why Our Kids Are at Risk for Cirrhosis

Fatty liver disease is often ignored or minimized, but this is a big, big mistake. Everyone has a little bit of fat in their liver. However, once someone has enough fat in their liver to account for 5-10% of the organ’s total weight, they have fatty liver disease. There is fatty liver disease caused by…

Martyr Much?

You probably know someone with a “martyr complex” or a “victim complex,” but maybe you didn’t know that’s what it’s called. We all sacrifice our time, money, energy, and happiness for others sometimes. Someone with a martyr complex believes that they have no choice but to continue to sacrifice their needs and desires for others;…

We Need to Talk About Rural Health

 I don’t believe that anyone can have a well-informed discussion about healthcare policy without first turning an eye towards rural health in the U.S. There are many different ways to define an area as “rural,” but it’s fair to say that 15-20% of the total population in America lives in a rural area. I am…

FAQs About Supplements

What types of supplements are people using the most? In 2014, dietary supplement sales by category were: 32% vitamins 18% specialty supplements 18% herbs and botanicals 13% sports nutrition 12% meal replacements 7% minerals Why is there so much disagreement about the effectiveness and recommended uses of different supplements? There is shockingly little scientific evidence…

When Healthy Becomes Unhealthy – Orthorexia

Sometimes people say things about food or nutrition that unless you’re listening really, really carefully would seem almost admirable. Upon further discussion, though, it becomes pretty clear that the person’s super-healthy habits maybe aren’t so very super-healthy after all. Most everyone has heard of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder. Orthorexia Nervosa, however,…

No Pressure, But Your Score Could Predict Future Heart Disease

The first time that I took the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS), my score was incredibly (almost awe-inspiringly) bad. Really, really bad. Like there is no way to make that OK level. The MAAS is a psychological test developed by Ruth Baer at the University of Kentucky, and it is in the public domain so…

3 Reasons Social Media Might Be Hurting You or Your Children

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh’s Schools of the Health Sciences are not finding out good things about social media use among young adults. It’s making them depressed.  The researchers sampled 1,787 U.S. adults between the ages of 19 and 32 and found significant and linear associations between social media use and depression. Those who…