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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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