January 26, 2013

January Shape Facts

  • Violets are "the flower of modesty because its blooms are hidden in the leaves; violets possess a powdery scent that's popular in perfumes". pg. 16
  • 47% of readers spend 2 to 5 hours on social media EVERY DAY! pg. 20
  • People who regularly slather themselves with sunscreen aren't more prone to being D-deficient than those who don't.  pg. 41
  • The risk of skin cancer jumps 75% when people use tanning beds before age 30.  pg. 44 (Well, I'm screwed!)
  • 49% of women who cite crow's feet as their top wrinkle concern. pg. 44
  • Overhydrating can take a toll on skin by flashing essential vitamins and electrolytes our of your bloodstream. pg. 44
  • When applied to skin, yogurt hydrates and promotes the good bacteria, such as S. epidermidis, while minimizing the bad ones, like pimple-promoting P. acnes. pg. 46
  • Women think about their wrinkles 5 times a day on average. pg. 46
  • Only 6.3% of women lift weights. pg. 59
  • 12% of gym-goers enroll in January. pg. 60
  • Women who cycle through their weight loss are just as likely to shed pounds later as those starting a program for the first time. pg. 79
  • 33% of women admit to eating in front of the tube. pg. 80
  • Those who turn over food packages to look at the nutrition labels weigh an average 9 pounds less than those who don't. pg. 80  (Don't just look at it - read it, people!)
  • Working out first thing in the morning may help control your appetite.  pg. 80 (I second that.)
  • People who down four or more cups of green tea a day are 16% less likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than nondrinkers are.  pg. 85
  • 57% of Americans wash their hands for only 5 to 15 seconds. pg. 97
  • One  study found  that a light box (that replicates the sun's beams, sans the harmful UV rays) treatment boosts both mood and cognitive performance; another showed it can improve motor skills.  pg. 98
  • Obesity epidemic is spreading... More than half of all dogs and cats in the US are now overweight - compared with 3/4 of humans. pg. 98
  • Acupuncture significantly relieves discomfort from osteoarthritis, migraines, and chronic back, neck, and shoulder aches.  pg. 100
  • Caffeine ups your energy level and athletic performance. pg 101
  • Each year, about 22,280 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer; about 15,500 will die of it. pg. 102
  • The average desk is host to 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. pg. 108
  • 62% of office workers regularly eat their lunch at their desk. pg. 108
  • Visual clutter limits your brain's ability to process information, which makes it harder to focus. pg. 108
  • Employees who decorate their work space are happier, healthier, and 32% more productive when those who don't. pg.108
  • Excess abdominal fat has been linked to higher triglycerids, pre-diabetes, and inflammation. pg. 114
  • 68% of men and 59% of women believe in love at first sight. pg. 116
  • Not getting enough sleep has been linked to a number of health problems, including weight gain, decreased immune function, heart disease, diabetes, and depression. pg. 140
  • 34% of women make or receive at least 11 phone calls and send or receive more than 11 text messages daily. pg. 140
  • Using an iPad for two hours before bed suppressed levels of melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate sleep and wake cycles, by 22%. pg.140
  • 9% of pet owners share their bed with them.  pg. 141
  • Nearly half of Americans are oblivious about their credit score. pg. 162
  • 80% of credit reports contain mistakes.  pg. 162
  • The best time to shop for electronics is in March. pg. 165
  • Katy Perry has had seven number-one hits in the last two years. pg. 176
Source: Shape magazine, January/February 2013


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