February Fast Five: Facts That Made Me Flip

I do quite a bit of reading on health and fitness and often I come across statistics that give me pause or cause my mouth to drop. If you’ve followed my blog, you know that I believe knowledge is power. So here is my monthly Fast Five for February. Enjoy!

According to a study by the University of Texas at Austin, dieters consume an average of 253 more calories and 16 extra grams of fat on days they eat food not prepared in their own home. (Killer K’s take: That’s an average people! Prepare your meals at home and bring them to work. Choose wisely when you eat out and become informed about ingredients in the faire at your favorite haunts.)

In his book, Undoing Perpetual Stress, Dr. Richard O’Connor cites that depression is ten times as prevalent in our modern society as it was just one generation ago. (Killer K’s take: The most holistic way to treat depression: eat well, sleep, rest and exercise! But NEVER be afraid to reach out for professional help when you need it!)

66% of Americans regularly watch TV while eating dinner. Why should we care? A research study from scientists at the University of Massachusetts found that people who watch TV during a meal consume, on average, 288 more calories than those who don’t. (Killer K’s take: Guilty as charged.)

Azodicarbonamide, a chemical found in yoga mats and shoe soles, has also been one of the many ingredients in Subway Sandwich’s bread. After this little factoid was made public by a blogger who collected 50,000 signatures to ban the ingredient, Subway announced it would be removing the chemical from its bread. (Killer K’s take: This is gross, but we haven’t even gotten to the worst part. One of the breakdown products of this chemical is a recognized carcinogen. The Food and Drug Administration has approved this chemical for use in food.)

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a national behavioral telephone survey of more than 147,000 respondents. The data was used to better understand the incidence of driving while DROWSY. Approximately 4.2% of those surveyed reported having fallen asleep while driving at least once during the last month. That’s one out of every 24 people. (Killer K’s take: This is scary stuff. Driving while drowsy is deadly. Don’t be an offender and don’t be a victim. Take care of yourself and others and get your ZZZZZ’s.)