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Office Posture Matters: An Animated Guide

Yes, chair can kill, and based on the video paying attention to your posture is real key to stay healthy. Here are a few recommendations of the basic of good posture:

  1. Good support for your back
  2. Feet are comfortably resting
  3. While sitting, try not cross your legs which restricts circulation
  4. Keep monitoring an arm away at eye level
  5. Rocking back and forth can help
  6. Interrupt sitting down every 30 minutes
  7. Take advantage of every chance to move your body

What is fat? – George Zaidan

As the narrative goes, fat is bad. Well, it’s actually more nuanced than that. The type of fat you eat is more impactful on your health than the quantity. George Zaidan examines triglycerides, the varied molecules that make up fat, and how to identify which types of fat you are consuming.

A short video clip illustrates a very general idea of fat, and the differences between three types of fat – saturated fat, unsaturated fat, and trans fat. Trans fat is made through the process of hydrogenation which increases shelf life of fat in food, but also makes it hard for our body to process the fat; therefore, it is bad for our health. When buying processed food, avoid food that is labelled “partially hydrogenated”.

UCTV Prime: The Skinny on Obesity

Here is 7-part series debunks the theory that obesity only affects the “gluttons and sloths” among us and is, in fact, a public health problem that impacts everyone. I have seen other talks and lectures by Dr. Robert Lustig a while ago. Now I generally avoid juice and anything sweet and have reduced my soda consumption to about once per month. Watch them if interested.

The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 1): An Epidemic for Every Body

The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 2): Sickeningly Sweet

The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 3 Trailer): Hunger and Hormones – A Vicious Cycle

The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 4): Sugar – A Sweet Addiction

The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 5): Generation XL

The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 6): A Fast-Paced Fast Food Life

The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 7): Drugs Cigarettes Alcohol…and Sugar?

Processed meat ‘linked to pancreatic cancer’

A study in Sweden suggests that eating processed meat such as bacon and sausage increases the chance of getting pancreatic cancer.


BBC News – Processed meat ‘linked to pancreatic cancer’:

They said eating an extra 50g of processed meat, approximately one sausage, every day would increase a person’s risk by 19%.
. . .
Eating red and processed meat has already been linked to bowel cancer. As a result the UK government recommended in 2011 that people eat no more than 70g a day.
. . .
Having an extra 100g would increase the risk by 38%.
Prof Larsson said: “Pancreatic cancer has poor survival rates. So as well as diagnosing it early, it’s important to understand what can increase the risk of this disease.”
She recommended that people eat less red meat.

I know as the report says the study is controversial, and I won’t suggest to have a vegan diet.  However, a good rule to have a healthy diet and thus a healthy life is to avoid processed food (or processed food-like substances) if possible.  Most processed food is laden with saturated fats, sodium, sugar, additives, and preservatives.  Processed food often contains little to no nutritional value because the process often destroys most nutrients.

Eat healthy and stay healthy,
KKai / 014

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