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9/6/06

HealthWise at 5 From 9.6

  • Movies & Smoking

You won't see any cigarette commercials on this television station because that was banned more than thirty years ago. But nearly all US teens are likely exposed to smoking images through another kind of TV movie trailers. Now, a study of all movie trailers that have aired on USTV during two thousand one and two found nearly 15% showed tobacco use. Using Neilson data, researchers at the American Legacy Foundation estimated 95% of kids age 12 to 17 saw at least one of them and in a year, the trailers were seen 270 million times among teens. Previous surveys have shown children and adolescents are more likely to smoke if their favorite movie stars do. The research comes from the American Legacy Foundation and was published in the archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent medicine, in September 2006. Researchers found seven point five percent of PG or PG-13 rated movie trailers depicted tobacco use.

  • Paternal Autism

Men who become fathers after age forty are at an increased risk of having Autistic children. The number of Autism diagnoses has increased in recent years, affecting an estimated 50 in every 10,000 children compared to just five in ten-thousand two decades ago. The experts at Mt. Sinai medical center say this is due, in part, to better diagnostic tools and an increased awareness of the disorder but they believe another factor could be the age of the father after finding that the odds of having a child with Autism was nearly six times greater among men who became fathers over the age of 40.

  • Fast Food Calories

People often underestimate the number of calories they're actually consuming during large meals especially when it comes to fast food. That's according to researchers at Cornell University after surveying folks at the table as they finished eating at a fast food restaurant. Each was asked to estimate the number of calories they'd just consumed. Turns out those who ate larger meals thought they'd eaten half of what they actually had while those who ate smaller meals were pretty much on target when it came to counting calories. Bottom line, researchers say if you're trying to estimate the calories in a large fast food meal you might as well take a guess...and double it.  Researchers recommend people trying to lose weight should double their initial estimate of calories in a large meal, and estimate calories item by item, instead of estimating for the meal as a whole.

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