Sometimes bigger is better! Learn when excess can lead to success.
Are Bigger Butts Better?
Research suggests that having "junk in your trunk" is healthier than a spare tire around the gut. Extra padding on the backside and thighs may even help to protect against heart disease and diabetes.
The body's fat distribution greatly influences overall health, and not all fat is created equal. Belly fat is considered more metabolically active, but while the fat breaks down easily, it releases cytokines, which have been linked to heart disease, insulin resistance and diabetes. Fat on the lower half of the body has been known to produce beneficial hormones that protect against these diseases, though additional research is needed.
Fat? Or just Big Boned?
Some people do have larger bones than others, however, this in itself does not correlate with obesity. It is fat and lack of muscle mass that makes people overweight, not the size of their bones.
Bone size varies by genetic and ethnic variations, the key component being hormone levels and calcium intake in childhood. African American men tend to have the highest bone density, while Asians have the lowest. Approximately 20 percent of women have bigger frames than the average woman, making them taller and more muscular. Frame doesn't make a difference in weight, as it only affects the number on the scale by 10 or so pounds.
Is Skipping Nightly Teeth Brushing a Big No-No?
Brushing in the morning freshens the mouth by getting rid of staleness caused by plaque build up during sleep, while brushing before bed cleans the mouth of grime accumulated throughout the day. Skipping your nightly brush is a big no-no, as it gives sugar and plaque buildup an extra eight hours to eat away at your enamel as you sleep. This can lead to tooth decay and other dental problems. Brushing morning and night is essential to tooth care and overall health.
Are Folks From The Big Apple Healthier?
New Yorkers walk an average of four-and-a-half miles per day compared to the national average of one mile per day. Walks have been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, manage weight, raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Put more steps in your day by using the bathroom on a different floor, strolling around the field at your kid's soccer game and taking a few laps around the mall before you start shopping.
The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports recommends exercising at least 30 minutes a day, five or more days a week, or walking 10,000 steps daily (about four to five miles), measured by a pedometer. Walking 10,000 steps per day can help people lose weight and improve their heart health. A study from the University of Tennessee found that middle-aged women who took at least 10,000 steps per day were much more likely to have a healthy body weight and body fat percentage, which reduces their risk for obesity, heart disease, and other illnesses.
Tips for Walking 10,000 Steps in the City:
• Ten thousand steps roughly equals about five miles.
• Two thousand steps equals about one mile.
• Ten city blocks equals about one mile.
• With those numbers, one block is roughly 200 steps.
The Doctors Go Big
A Big Sister Asks, "Why Does My Baby Sister Always Spit Up On Me?"
Many babies spit up after they eat. A newborn's digestive system isn't fully developed, which is why he or she spits up. Normally, the lower esophageal sphincter between the esophagus and the stomach keeps stomach contents where they belong. Until this valve has matured, spitting up may be a common issue -- especially if your baby eats too much or too quickly.
Spitting up rarely signifies a serious problem and doesn't hurt the baby, and generally this tendency peaks at 4 months old and subsides at 12 months old.
Tips to Managing Spit-Up:
• Keep your baby calm by feeding before he or she becomes frantic.
• Feed your baby in an upright position.
• Try smaller, more frequent feedings. Feed your baby one ounce less than usual or limit nursing sessions to just one breast.
• Take time to burp. Frequent burps during each feeding, when you switch breasts or after every 2 to 3 ounces, can help keep air from building up in your baby's stomach.
When to Worry:
• When your baby isn't gaining weight.
• If he or she spits up forcefully.
• Your baby spits up more than a small amount at a time.
• Spit-up is a green or brown fluid.
• Your baby resists feedings.
• He or she seems hungry between feedings.
Bill's Big Accomplishment
Bill appeared on The Doctors on February 26th, 2010 after his daughter wrote in, pleading for help to get her dad to quit smoking. After being forced to watch his own eulogy, he vowed to stop for good.
Now, more than one year later, Bill hasn't had one cigarette and says quitting smoking has had a very positive impact on his life. But as is common with many former smokers, Bill says he's gained 20 pounds and is trying to work it off. To honor his dedication to living a healthy lifestyle, The Doctors give Bill and his wife, Carlene, a one-year membership to Gold's Gym and a year's worth of healthy meals from BistroMD.
Tips to Stop Smoking
Nicotine addiction specialist Dr. Linda Hyder Ferry offers tips to stop smoking:
• Change Your Attitude
Tell yourself you can learn to live without tobacco.
• Get Professional Help
Find out if you are a candidate for smoking cessation medications.
• Change Your Environment
Keep your home, car and workplace smoke-free.
• Use Alternatives
Make sure you have something else to do rather than smoke. If you need something in your hand to take the place of a cigarette, use a cinnamon stick. If you need to simulate the feel of a cigarette in your mouth, drink ice cold water through a straw. This will also stimulate chemicals in the brain that release dopamine, much like nicotine does.
Resources to Stop Smoking
• Learn about the tools available to help you quit smoking.
• Take the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence.
• Watch the QUITPLAN video for the reasons to quit smoking right now.
• Relearn your life without cigarettes with help from www.BecomeAnEX.org.
• Vanderbilt Dayani Center Smoking Cessation Program.
Muggsy Bogues Pays it Forward
At 5 feet 3 inches tall, Muggsy Bogues is the shortest player in NBA history. The star point guard shows one young athlete why winning big doesn't mean being big in size.