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New Study Explains Why It Was Way Easier to Stay Skinny in the ’80s

Apparently, people today are generally heavier and more prone to obesity.


Fitness and wellness are all the rage these days. And while fitness doesn’t necessarily mean being skinny and weighing less, there are still people who desire to shed more pounds. But as you probably know, losing weight and staying slim isn’t as easy as people in the ’80s made it look.

A study titled “Secular differences in the association between caloric intake, macronutrient intake, and physical activity with obesity” published recently in the journal Obesity Research & Clinical Practice found that it’s more difficult for adults today to keep the same weight as those 20 to 30 years ago did, even with the same amount of food intake and exercise.

The researchers analyzed the dietary data of 36,400 Americans between 1971 and 2008.

They also examined the the physical activity data of 14,419 people between 1988 and 2006. The data sets were grouped together by the amount of food and activity, age, and BMI.

They found a telling correction: A person in 2006 eating the same amount of calories, consuming the same quantities of macronutrients, and exercising the same amount as a person of the same age did in 1988 would have a BMI that was about 2.3 points higher.

In short, people today are just 10 percent heavier than people back in the ’80s, even if they follow the exact diet and exercise plans.

Jennifer Kuk, a professor of kinesiology and health science at Toronto’s York University and a co-author of the study, said in a statement:

“Our study results suggest that if you are 40 years old now, you’d have to eat even less and exercise more than if you were a 40 year old in 1971, to prevent gaining weight. However, it also indicates there may be other specific changes contributing to the rise in obesity beyond just diet and exercise.”

According to Kuk, three factors could be making it harder for adults today to stay thin: exposure to more chemicals that might be weight-gain inducing, the rise in use of prescription drugs, and change in the microbiomes of Americans between the 1980s and present.

Life today has made it harder for us to maintain our ideal weight.

Kuk also said:

“There’s a huge weight bias against people with obesity. They’re judged as lazy and self-indulgent. That’s really not the case. If our research is correct, you need to eat even less and exercise even more [just to be same weight as your parents were at your age].”

What do you think of this study? Are you also struggling to keep the weight off? Tell us what you think in the comments section!


10 Disgusting Human Parasites That Are Possibly Living In Your Body

The fact that you won’t notice any symptoms is already alarming.

Whenever we hear the word “parasite,” we sometimes think that getting infected by it can only happen in remote areas particularly those locations with poor health systems. But believe it or not, parasites living in a human’s body is actually a pretty common thing. Most of them don’t provide any symptoms and so people have no knowledge about their existence.

A recent study suggested that at least 60 percent of the entire world’s population has one living parasite inside. Apparently, though, most of them have no concrete knowledge about this.

Without further ado, here are ten of the most common asymptomatic parasites that are possibly infecting you right now.

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40 of the Wildest Beards from the 2017 World Beard and Moustache Championships

The coolest and the craziest facial hair you will ever see!

They say growing a beard makes a guy look much cooler and more badass. Regardless of what the experts say, there’s no denying that rocking the beard has become more acceptable in today’s society.

If you’d look closely in the entertainment industry, for instance, you will find a growing number of bearded A-list actors in Hollywood. Facial hair has indeed reached popularity and acceptance these days - and that’s always a good thing.

Actually, a semi-annual competition celebrating beards and moustaches has been happening since the 1990s. Aptly called the World Beard and Moustache Championships, this contest has “turned growing and grooming into a high-class art form,” according to BoredPanda.

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Top 10 Catastrophic Floods In History

These killer floods in the past had taken hundreds of thousands of lives.

Today, flooding has become more common than usual. In fact, just recently, Hurricane Harvey has unleashed one of the nation's worst floods. As if that wasn't enough, Hurricane Irma has battered Florida over the weekend and is expected to create dangerous storm surges.

However, there are other killer floods that have ravaged various countries across the globe in the past. These floods have killed thousands of people, displaced residents, and destroyed villages.

Here are the top 10 killer floods in history:

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