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Are You Worth Your Weight (Loss) in Gold?

By , SparkPeople Blogger
A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Dubai unveils golden reason to lose weight
For one month, the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates will reward residents who lose at least two kilograms (4.4 pounds) with one gram of gold per kilo shed. Would that incentivize you? CNN

Chow Down In Sync with Your Circadian Clock
A new study proposes that, to lose weight, we should eat our biggest meal earlier in the day. Would you be willing to eat a larger lunch? NPR's The Salt blog

Attempt to steer McDonald's diners toward smaller meals backfires
Even when confronted with the nutrition info of their beloved Big Macs and Quarter Pounders, most people aren't willing to downsize their orders, a new study found.  Chicago Tribune

F.D.A. Closer to Decision About Menthol Cigarettes
The F.D.A. is taking steps toward banning menthol in cigarettes, saying the mint flavor makes it harder to quit and easier to start smoking. NYT
The Complex World of Whole Grains, Made Simple
A comprehensive guide to cooking whole grains, from amaranth to quinoa, no recipe needed. NYT

Food Corporations Turn to Chefs in a Quest for Healthy Flavor
An interesting look at how your favorite foods are being made healthier, with the help of chefs. NYT

FDA cracks down on illegal diabetes remedies
More than a dozen companies are in trouble with the F.D.A. for marketing illegal diabetes treatments. If you or someone you know has diabetes, read this. USA Today

A lip-smacking look at the day that drinking straws got bigger
Do you remember when fast-food companies super-sized their straws as well as their food? This reporter does. Washington Post

Will dietary counseling, food stamp rules help solve obesity epidemic?
In South Carolina, where more than 30% of the adult population is obese, state leaders are trying to find a solution that will help residents without straining the budget. The Post and Courier

Which stories topped your "must-read" list this week?

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This is the first and only time I have ever wanted to live in the UAE! Report
My Obamacare pre-existing insurance plan does not include payment for a diabetes educator for my diagnosed Type 2 diabetes 7 months ago. That costs hundreds of dollars if I want one. Before I'd gotten a chance to arrange for one (extremely inconvenient to me as I am dependent upon public transportation) through my state's Bridge Plan, the plan had been switched to this. In the course of educating mySELF (isn't that always the way with me ...) I took off over 35 pounds (on top of the scores of pounds I was already keeping off for many years!), some of which I did not intend to/want to/care to ... uh, lose. I consider myself 7 pounds underweight now ... lol, and with a borderline eating disorder (Yes! The infamous lettuce binges are back! Along with a fear of any carbs!) but rock a decent twice-daily glucometer reading nearly all the time ...

Figuratively speaking, those gold ducats are MINE! Report
The McDonald story made me laugh . My self if i had planned to order wisely i would do just the opposite to mess with the study! i get so up set when they blame the rest. for society being over weight. its our own fault and the choices we make. Report
It may be an incentive to lose weight but what about the people who are already healthy?? They have nothing to lose to get a monetary reward.. It is another case of rewarding (previous) bad behaviour.
Losing weight and being healthy is an reward in itself. Report
yes i would love to receive a monetary reward for wt. loss. i don't even get any compliments or an ' atta girl' from the people around me - no E for EFFORT - so a gram of gold - ????? Wow you bet!!! Report
I'm offended by that non-word "incentivize". Report
I always hate the food restrictions myself.. If they cut out soda then how am I going to make the fat free cakes that require 7up.. I'm already restricted from buying protein bars, most diet foods and protein powders because they aren't considered to be the way the government wants me to eat. I can add a little to the food stamps to get around the restrictions, but not much. I only get around 730 a month to live on, so I don't spend much more than the food stamps give me at around $140 for the month's food. Also, at this amount, it is pastas and canned meat at the end of the month. Which aren't good, but are an economic reality for me.

I know it sounds like I'm whining. I am really grateful for what I have... Just stories like this make me want to speak up and say hey! Don't make this even harder to use than it is now! Report
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