Regular readers know of my dealings in the skin cancer arena. Three appearances, three defeats, three basal cell carcinoma surgeries. If you want further details, you can find them here. I wanted to pass along this information to maybe save you from ill-considered do-it-yourself sunscreens. Skin cancer is serious stuff. Don’t risk it.
Social media and other online tools have changed the way people seek and share health information. Recent consumer interest in natural, organic, and ethically-made personal care products has led to an increase of shared recipes for homemade products including sunscreen. A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Brooks College of Health at University of North Florida examined how homemade sunscreens were portrayed on Pinterest.
The study, published in Health Communication, found that nearly all (95%) pins, or bookmarks, for homemade sunscreen positively portrayed the effectiveness of homemade sunscreens and most (68%) recommended recipes for homemade sunscreens that offered insufficient UV radiation protection. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) claims were made in a third of pins with a range of SPF 2 to SPF 50. This is concerning because the ingredients recommended in homemade sunscreen pins offer minimal scientifically proven broad-spectrum protection from UV radiation yet are widely shared and promoted as safe alternatives to commercial sunscreens on Pinterest. The average number of saves for a pin was 808, with one pin being saved more than 21,700 times.
This picture is one of those Pinterest gag posts that people put on their ‘Funny’ pin boards. An ironic juxtaposition of two billboards. The top one warning about childhood obesity and the lower one trumpeting that king of burgers – McDonald’s.
As the billboard says, “Don’t take it lightly.”
Obesity is not a joke. I don’t know how many times I have written “60 percent of us are overweight and 30 percent obese.” This is twice as many as 20 years ago. Even our children are getting fatter. Among young people, 15 percent of those ages 6 to 19 are seriously overweight. That’s nearly 9 million, triple the number of cancers that a person is vulnerable to.
Also, a study published in 2013 by the National Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reported that the total number of knee replacement more than tripled between 1993 and 2009 more than tripled. They said the prevalence of overweight and obesity in the U.S. accounted for 95 percent of the higher demand for knee replacements, with younger patients affected to a greater degree.
So, if you feel you ‘deserve a break today’ you might either miss McDonald’s or pick from their salad menu.
Regular readers know that I lost 50 pounds in 52 weeks, having had a weight problem most of my life. So, if you are working on losing weight, I know your struggle. I also believe that while losing weight takes place in your body, it results from what you have in your mind. I think the following Pinterest items can help you with that a lot.
This is the perfect example of that. Start eating for nutrition and quit eating like a child because ‘it tastes so good.” There is nothing wrong with enjoying your food, but don’t put the cart before the horse and overeat because of the flavor.
Another critical concept. Relax, you put the weight on over the past years, right? Don’t expect to take in off in a week or two. Losing more than a pound a week is rarely healthy. Don’t make your body pay more for your past eating abuses.
Although this came from a woman’s board and is on what I would call the superficial side, the fact remains it is true. I would guess that the majority of weight control efforts are based on vanity. People want to look better, more attractive. That isn’t the worst thing, but I hope that in your quest for a better appearance, you settle down and understand that once you start eating right and working out you are reaching into good health. Face it, nothing looks better or more attractive than a vibrant healthy person. And, the good news is that the healthy person will live longer and better, too. That’s the best reason to get control of your weight.
Eat less; move more.
As always, your comments are invited.
I found these on Pinterest. I don’t know if they will help you to lose weight, I hope so, but if not, maybe you can have a laugh on me. Laughing is good for you and has no calories.
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I have written about the impact of exercise on the brain a number of times. You can check out my Page Important Facts About Your Brain (and Exercise) to read more. Here is a chance to see more.
Another fine food for thought infographic. Never forget that healthy eating is healthy aging.
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