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Study Reveals How America Is Losing Weight

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How is America Losign Weight

And most, unfortunately, are just relying on dieting!

A Gallup pole of the 52% of American adults who have successfully lost weight at some point in their lives revealed they were more likely to make various dietary changes than try good old fashioned exercise!

Results showed that 31% of those polled named non-specific exercise as their strategy for losing weight, while 23% named non-specifically eating less.

However,

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American's Loves Salt WAY MORE Than They Should

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pretty much all American's are consuming WAY MORE than the recommended amount of sodium.

88% of U.S. children and adults are consuming more than 2,300 milligrams of salt a day, the amount recommended by federal dietary guidelines.

A report from the CDC shows that the average American goes over the suggested daily amount of sodium by 53% and consumes about 3,513 milligrams.

Researchers aren't surprised by the data, but are now aware public health officials have a lot of work to do in order to curb America's taste for their favorite spice.

A high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure, which contributes to life-threatening health problems such as heart attacks and strokes.

The problem, as a coauthor of the report points out, is not that we're sprinkling too much salt from the shaker on our food, but instead we're eating too much food that is too high in sodium to begin with.

Janelle Peralez Gunn, a public health analyst with the CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, said:

"A lot of people tend to think…'I don't add salt to my food,' without realizing that they've probably already exceeded—and in some cases probably doubled—their [recommended] intake before they've even picked up the saltshaker."

Health officials believe a partnership between the government and food companies may be the key to lowering America's sodium intake.

Over two dozen food manufacturers and restaurant chains have already pledged to reduce the sodium in their food up to 25% by 2014 with the National Salt Reduction Initiative.

We don't advise waiting for corporations to take action before you do first as a consumer. Check nutrition labels and opt for lower sodium foods as part of your healthy diet. Including more water, fruits, and veggies into your diet is also an easy way to reduce your salt consumption!

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Great Hope For Marriage Equality As Research Shows Number Of Supporting Americans Is Higher Than Number Of Opposing Americans

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The number of states allowing marriage equality may very well be rising in the near future!

New research conducted by the University of Chicago finds a "trend toward greater tolerance regarding homosexuality."

46% approve of marriage equality. 40% oppose.

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Americans Are Consuming Less Sugar!

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It looks like Americans are becoming more aware of their diet choices after all.

A new study has found that people are drinking less soda and consuming less sugar than they did 10 years earlier!

The surprising data shows that the percentage of our diets that is comprised of sugar dropped from 18% between 1999 and 2000 to 14.6% between 2007 and 2008.

After studying 42,316 people to see how much added (not natural) sugar they consumed, researcher Dr. Jean Welsh said, "We were surprised to see that there was a substantial reduction over the years."

What a pleasant surprise, indeed!

Just because Americans are consuming a lower amount of sugar, it doesn't mean that amount is low enough either!

In 2009, an American Heart Association statement said that Americans consume the equivalent of 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, when men should only consume 9 and women 6!

While we've managed to cut out an average of 23 grams of sugar out of our daily diet, we've still got a ways to go!

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Americans Are Too Fat For Tom Ford

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Tom Ford thinks the United States needs to go on a diet because Americans are too fat for his liking.

The designer told Time Out Hong Kong:

"Americans are too fat. And in London they are starting to get fat too. So I have to say that if we have to talk about race system and nationalism, I find it refreshing that everyone [who is] Chinese is slim."

Obesity is a big problem in the US, but rather than complaining how about you come up with a solution Tom.

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Hotels Offering Allergy Free Rooms

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Good news for frequent travelers who are part of the 40 million Americans who suffer from allergies!

Hotels are now offering "hypoallergenic" rooms that are thoroughly cleaned to reduce dust mites, bacteria and other irritants — for a price that is.

We knew there was a catch! Ha!

For a $25 premium, allergy sufferers can book a room that has been specially cleaned with eco-friendly disinfectants, air purified, and includes beds with linens that protect from dust mite allergens.

According a 2010 survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, 38% of hotels have an allergy-friendly option and hotels providing air purifiers more than doubled to 25% of respondents, up from 12% in 2008.

However, not everyone is jumping up and down about the increased premiums for increased protection.

Paul Williams, an allergy specialist, believes hotels should be offering "reasonable options" for allergy sufferers, instead of an expensive premium, saying:

"There really isn't any scientific evidence to support some of those (hypoallergenic claims). People are paying money they don't need to pay, but it's their choice."

Exactly! At least it is a choice, unlike paying for checked baggage on airlines.

If your allergies are so bad that you'll need to fork up a little extra dough for the added insurance you won't be breaking out in hives or sneezing up a storm, these premiums can only benefit you.

However, if an Allegra is all you need, than maybe it's a better idea to save your $25 for a nice dinner instead.

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More Than Half Of Americans Now Support Same-Sex Marriage!

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Progress!

It's coming! Whether you like it or not!

For the first time EVER, more than half of Americans think that it should be legal for gays and lesbians get married!

According to recent survey, support for gay marriage in the United States is at 53%, a HUGE jump from the 32% of support that it received in 2004!

While opposition has risen to more than 2-1 among Republicans and conservatives and 3-1 among evangelical white Protestants, support has grown dramatically among Catholics, political moderates, adults in their 30s and 40s, and in men!

AMAZING! As proud as we are, however, we still have a LONG way to go!

Keep fighting the good fight, everyone! EQUALITY IS COMING.

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