Obesity trends will snuff out health gains from decline in smoking

first_imgIf obesity trends continue, the negative effect on the health of the U.S. population will overtake the benefits gained from declining smoking rates, according to a study by Harvard and University of Michigan researchers published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.“In the past 15 years, smoking rates have declined by 20 percent, but obesity rates have increased by 48 percent,” says lead author Susan T. Stewart, Ph.D, a Harvard research associate for the joint project of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Harvard’s Interfaculty Program for Health System Improvement. “If past trends continue, nearly half of the population – 45 percent – is projected to be obese by 2020.”Using a technical analysis that includes forecasting future trends based on historical data, researchers found that despite declines in smoking, the remaining life expectancy of a typical 18-year-old would be held back by 0.71 years by the year 2020 because of the increased body-mass index of the general population. The researchers also looked at quality of life. That same 18-year-old could expect to give up 0.91 years of increased quality-adjusted life expectancy.If all U.S. adults became nonsmokers of normal weight by 2020, their life expectancy would be forecast to increase by 3.76 years or 5.16 quality-adjusted years.“Obesity plays a large role in life expectancy,” said co-author Allison B. Rosen, assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. “Despite the fact that we are smoking less, body-mass indexes (BMI) are going up. These increases in obesity are overtaking these changes in smoking behaviors.”However, the researchers say the study’s results don’t imply that life expectancy will fall – more likely, life expectancy will continue to rise due to other factors, but less rapidly than it otherwise would.In addition to better managing clinical risk factors such as blood sugar among those who are obese, effective public health efforts are needed to address the roots of obesity, like sedentary lifestyles, the widespread availability of high-calorie food in large portions and reduced time for the preparation of food at home, says David Cutler, Ph.D., another co-author of this study and Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics in the department of economics and Kennedy School of GovernmentRosen said this study does not indicate that people are getting heavier because they are not smoking. The weight gain associated with quitting smoking is temporary and thus not significant enough to drive the rising trend in increased BMIs.Public health efforts to discourage smoking have worked, and a similar effort could help turn around obesity rates, Rosen said. Many weight control interventions have proven successful and their use should be encouraged.“Losing weight is harder than quitting smoking. People don’t have to smoke to live. People have to eat to live,” she said.“The hypothetical scenario of having everyone a non-smoker of normal weight may be unachievable. But these results show the dramatic toll that both smoking and obesity can have on both the length of life and the quality of life.”The study was funded by the National Institute on Aging, the Harvard Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement and the Lasker Foundation.last_img read more

Ryan Silverman Returns to Broadway’s Chicago

first_imgRyan Silverman returns to the courtroom! The Broadway alum steps back into the role of hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago beginning September 2. He takes over from Ivan Hernandez at the Ambassador Theatre.Silverman is back in the Tony-winning revival after first taking on the role of Billy Flynn in 2013. He last appeared on Broadway in the revival of Side Show. His additional credits include Cry-Baby and The Phantom of the Opera.The current cast of Chicago also includes Dylis Croman as Roxie Hart, Carly Hughes, who plays her last performance as Velma Kelly on September 4, Raymond Bokhour as Amos, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Rumer Willis will assume the role of Roxie from September 14 through November 15; Charlotte Kate Fox will take over beginning November 2. Star Files Related Shows View Comments Ryan Silverman Chicago from $49.50last_img read more

This picture is lying to you.

first_imgThis picture is lying to you. At the very least, it’s misleading you. I posted it earlier on Instagram and said something about shredding DuPont State Forest with my son. All of that is true—my son and I did shred singletrack in DuPont. We had a blast. It was one of the greatest rides of my life because I rode with my eight-year-old son, who is finally at a point where he can do real mountain bike rides. We hit fast, rooty singletrack descents and followed them up with mind-numbing gravel grinds. And we did that for eight miles. And he was a champ. I’ve ridden with adults who complained more than my son did today. The photo I posted on Instagram captured that ride in all its glory, but that’s just a piece of the story. I didn’t mention how he got bored on the long drive to the trailhead and suggested maybe we just go back home and find a pool to swim in. The photo doesn’t hint at the cajoling I had to undergo on some of the more miserable sections of gravel. I hid a Snickers bar in the cooler back at the car. First one to make it back got to eat the whole thing. Shortly after that photo was taken, my son ate it hard on a skinny. I never mentioned his tears in the social media post. Just the highlights. Just the smiles and whoop-de-doos.And it’s not just social media that lies to us. I lie to myself constantly. Right now, I can recall all of the whining and the bribing and bleeding because it’s all still fresh on my mind. But within a couple of days, all I’ll remember from my ride with my son today will be the highlights. The big-ass smile he had at the bottom of the massive downhill. How high he hit the berms. How much air he caught on some of the root drops. From what I understand, this sort of selective amnesia is a cornerstone of parenting. After the first child has reached school age, we can look fondly back on the baby and toddler years and only remember the cuteness while glossing over the sleepless, vomit-filled nights and the tantrums in the middle of Target’s toy aisle. That sort of selective amnesia is how we can convince ourselves that having another baby is a good idea. And so it is with taking my kids on any sort of adventure. I quickly forget the rain storms and backpacks full of ants while camping, or the fact that I had to carry my daughter on most of the last hike that we undertook. All I remember is the joy of sharing S’Mores around the campfire and the awe on my daughter’s face while gazing on the valley below from the peak of the mountain. That’s how I’m able to get psyched about the next adventure. And the next.last_img read more

Bedroom bliss: Bespoke bedhead designs back on the map

first_img Interior designer Georgie Leckey from Healtherly Design.Heatherly Design has featured regularly on The Block and in some of Australia’s most stylish homes, including fashion designer Alex Perry, homemaker and stylist Chyka Keebaugh and a successful collaboration with high-profile Brisbane interior designer Anna Spiro. The bespoke bedhead designs could be credited with putting bedheads firmly back on the map and back into homes.Heatherly Design have collaborated with Ms Spiro, to launch an Art Series capsule. The eclectic, brightly patterned bedheads are reminiscent of Ms Spiro’s work at the ground breaking “Halcyon House” boutique hotel on Cabarita Beach. Heatherly Design are the preferred partner for interior designers up the coast from Southport, Brisbane to Noosa and beyond who are looking for local manufacturers to provide high quality, made to measure solutions for bedrooms of new commercial and residential properties. In many cases, the brief has been for a signature, bold design that reflects the unique characteristics of Queensland such as intense sunlight, seascape, floraand marine life. Create a study nook at home Poppy bedhead in Dolce Emerald velvet. Did you know…. Louis bedhead available via Healtherly Design. MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: Genevieve bedhead in Kahuna.The latest AW20 Collection Past to Present, channels key moments in design history – from the mid 1800s craftsmanship of Thonet to the refined masculinity of Saville Row.Ms Leckey believes the collection is not only their most confident, but said there was something for everyone – from the romantic through to the masculine. Each capsule narrates its own story via an expanded furniture range for the bedroom – think Brandy velvet occasional chairs reminiscent of a gentleman’s atelier, chic houndstooth footstools, on-trend curvey shaped ottomans and hand-crafted bedsides. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“More and more of our customers are looking for a distinctive, personal look for the bedroom which can be expressed via the bedhead as a centrepiece,” she said.“This collection oozes character, which is further expressed with new matching furniture pieces like footstools and chairs”.center_img Buying property during Covid-19 Home where Sabo Skirt was born set for new beginnings Ms Leckey employs seven upholsterers in Melbourne and has recently opened a new flagshipshowroom in Sydney’s Paddington. She has set up a comprehensive e-commerce platform for customers to order online which is designed to assist them in the process of choosing from a myriad of headboard styles and fabrics. Orders are then shipped to customers all around Australia.She said her biggest challenge was finding enough skilled upholsterers to keep up with the ever-growing demand for her bedheads.“Local upholsters are a bit of dying breed here in Australia, unfortunately,” Ms Leckey said. “It’s not the kind of industry that young people naturally gravitate to these days. We are fortunate to have taken on an apprentice but the pool of talented craftsman to pull from is limited”. However, the passionate business owner said she was proud to be able to continue to support the local industry, at a time when we are more conscience of supporting local manufacturers not only in the short term, but the foreseeable future. heatherlydesign.com.au Check out interior designer Anna Spiro’s collaboration with Heatherly Design (Luella Bedhead in Leilani Linen).When interior designer Georgie Leckey became increasingly frustrated by the lack of quality upholstered bedheads available for her clients, she set out to create a range of statement designs that would complement any decorating theme. More than a decade later, Heatherly Design now includes more than 37 styles and dozens of fabrics.last_img read more

Wawrinka Deserves a Place amongst Tennis’ Big Five’, Says Djokovic

first_imgWorld number one Novak Djokovic has said that tennis now has a ‘big five’ following Stan Wawrinka’s US Open triumph at the weekend.Wawrinka beat Djokovic in four sets on Sunday to win his third Grand Slam.“He plays best in the big matches and definitely deserves to be mentioned in the mix of top players,” said Djokovic.But world number three Wawrinka, who said he was crying with nerves before the final, insisted he was “really far” from the ‘big four’ of Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.That illustrious quartet have won 42 of the past 47 Grand Slams, though Wawrinka now has the same number of major titles as Olympic champion Murray. In head-to-head matches against them, Wawrinka trails Djokovic 19-5, against Murray he is 9-7 down, Federer leads 18-3 while Nadal is 15-3.Wawrinka also only has one Masters 1000 title compared with Murray’s 12.“Just look at the tournaments they have won, how many years they’ve been there,” said Wawrinka, who has now won his past 11 finals.“If you look, yes, I have three Grand Slams. How many Masters 1000 has Murray? They have been there 10 years.“They have not only been winning, but being in semi-finals, final every time. That’s why I’m not there.”At 31, Wawrinka is the oldest male US Open champion since 35-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1970 and only the fifth man in the Open era to win more than one major tournament after turning 30, following Rosewall, Rod Laver, Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors.He now needs the Wimbledon title to complete a clean sweep of the Grand Slams.In reaching the US Open final, Wawrinka spent almost nine hours longer on court than Djokovic, a beneficiary of three retirements during the event in New York.“He’s a very complete player. If he feels right he doesn’t miss much and he makes a lot of winners so it’s hard to play him,” said Djokovic, who also lost to Wawrinka in the 2015 French Open final.Wawrinka’s confident performance was at odds with his pre-match nerves, when he broke down in tears while speaking to his coach Magnus Norman.“Before the final I was really nervous like never before. I was shaking in the locker-room,” said the Swiss, who was match point down against Britain’s Dan Evans in the third round.“When we start talking five minutes before the match, last few things with Magnus, I start to cry,” he said. “I was completely shaking.“But the only thing I was convinced with myself was that my game was there.“Physically I was there. My game was there. Just put the fight on the court and you will have a chance to win.“And that’s what happened, after a few games when I start to believe in myself, I start to be in the match.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NBA free agency rumors: Amar’e Stoudemire taking comeback bid very seriously

first_img Willie Cauley-Stein explains decision to sign with Warriors “From that standpoint, I have a lot to offer. And also as a basketball player, I still have a lot of game left. I can help a team in any way they need.”Stoudemire, a six-time All-Star, spent 14 NBA seasons with the Suns, Knicks, Mavericks and Heat. He last played in the NBA in 2016 for Miami and retired as a Knick that offseason. Since then, he’s enjoyed stints in the Israeli Basketball Premier League and BIG3. Stoudemire’s career took a sharp downturn (largely due to injuries) after he signed a five-year, $100 million deal with the Knicks in 2010. He was an All-Star in his first season in a New York uniform as he averaged 25.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. But in his last full season with New York, those numbers dropped to 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds.Now after three full seasons of rest and a conversion to Judaism, Stoudemire believes he’s ready to return to the league.“I was never really done,’’ Stoudemire said. “I took kind of a sabbatical leave and I went to go learn over in Israel for two and a half years or so. So I went there and when I was still learning, I was able to also play basketball and keep myself in shape. I always stayed in top shape. I didn’t really remove myself too far from being in basketball shape.” Celtics’ Brad Stevens addresses losing Kyrie Irving, Al Horford in free agency “For me I got down to 235 [pounds], which is my lowest weight I’ve ever played at. I got as strong as I could possibly be,” Stoudemire told MSG Network on Tuesday (via the New York Post). “My body feels amazing, so we’ll see if the opportunity becomes a reality.”“A lot of the teams have a lot of young players and a lot of players that can learn how to train, how to become professionals and how to become great basketball players. And leadership goes a long way with teams in order to get from a playoff team to a contending championship team. Related News The flurry of money thrown around to free agents this offseason has former All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire thirsting for a piece of the pie and a return to the court.At age 36, Stoudemire held a workout in Las Vegas on Monday in front of 15 NBA teams in serious hopes of earning a roster spot. Nets ‘humbled’ by Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving signingslast_img read more

England score ‘fantastic’ win over Spain

first_img10 May 2015 England score ‘fantastic’ win over Spain England scored a convincing 19-11 win over Spain to regain the Seve Ballesteros Trophy at the end of the two-day mixed international at Burnham & Berrow.The team built on yesterday’s four-point lead with a steady foursomes performance – sharing the morning points – and a runaway success in the singles, winning six of the matches and halving two more.The result extends England’s outstanding record in the biennial match, which started in 1985. The team lost last time – at El Prat in 2013 – but in total now have 14 victories to Spain’s two – and have never been beaten at home.“It’s a fantastic result,” said Graham Walker, the England men’s captain. “The welcome we have received from the members and staff at Burnham and Berrow, has really played a part because it has made it feel like a real home venue.”This is the first time that women have been included in the team and they certainly played their part. Gemma Clews, like Ashley Chesters and Jimmy Mullen, won all four of her matches and in the final day’s singles the women won 2½ matches out of a possible four.Steve Robinson, the women’s captain, said: “I am really proud of how they have worked this week, how they have risen to the challenge of playing what, on paper, was a very, very strong Spanish women’s team. Every player has played their part this week.“I’ve enjoyed the opportunity of coaching a small group of players at a venue like this and I feel it’s been massively beneficial to the women’s squad to have been invited to play in this match.”The day began in relatively calm conditions and England produced a fighting performance to share the foursomes, thanks to a last gasp half from the final pair, Nick Marsh and Michael Saunders, who had been three down after 12 holes but managed to halve their game.England’s two wins were provided by Gemma Clews and Hollie Muse; and by Ashley Chesters and Jimmy Mullen, who set off at high speed, with five birdies in the first eight holes and who won on the 14th.In the afternoon, with the wind steadily strengthening, the Spanish started strongly in the women’s games and were ahead in three of the four until the turn. Nuria Iturrios, playing in the first match against Alice Hewson, provided one of the talking points of the afternoon when she drove the 369-yard second hole and sank a 6ft putt for eagle.However, Gemma Clews was always in front and put England’s first point on the board; Bethan Popel turned the tide in her match to win; and Alice Hewson steadily pulled back from two down after 12 to halve her game.Jimmy Mullen was the first of the England men to claim his point with a comprehensive 6/4 win which resulted from immaculate play: just one bogey, two birdies and a string of pars. Ashton Turner was another big winner, with a 5/3 result, which included a magical spell of scoring: 3, 3, 2 or birdie, eagle, birdie from the third hole.Sean Towndrow was in front throughout his match and his highlights included driving the 370-yard third hole, with his ball finishing about 8ft from the cup – and he wasn’t required to putt.Ashley Chesters, the double European Champion, trailed by two holes towards the turn, but he was back on level terms with a birdie on 10 and a par on 11. He got ahead for the first time with a par on the 15th and held on to the slender advantage to win one up (pictured below on the final green)Nick Marsh was also battling. He was two down after eight holes, despite being one-under par – and then lost the 10th to a birdie to go three down. However, he steadily pulled his way back, helped by a birdie on the par three 14th, and was all square after 16. Both players parred the 17th and, after adventurous progress down the 18th which included deep rough and a bunker, they shared the hole for a sporting half.Image © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more