Randoms-Money we Spend on Vices, Calorie Counts on Menus & More

This is a no-brainer … A new study has found that when average women see pictures of bikini and fashion models, they feel worse about their bodies – particularly their stomach area. After looking at photos of the fitness and fashion models, here are the percentages of women who said it made them feel worse about certain aspects of their bodies: stomach (57%), weight (50%), waist (50%), overall appearance (50%), muscle tone (46%), legs (45%), thighs (40%), butt (40%), hips (40%), arms (39%), and breasts (34%). According to the researchers, study participants were also more motivated to diet and exercise after seeing the photos.(Chapman.edu

You know those calorie counts on restaurant menus? Well, they make a difference … but not much. A study found that the calorie counts on menus resulted in a consumer losing about one pound over the course of three years. The report, by the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that putting the calories on menus only reduced the average diner’s calorie intake by 44.9 calories per meal -- or just 3 percent. Seems diners ate fewer calories when it came to the appetizer and entrée courses when they saw the number of calories, but there was no difference in calories consumed when it came to drinks or dessert. (Market Watch

Do you have financial vices? New research from Bankrate has found that Americans spend about $3,000 a year on “financial vices.” So what are “financial vices”? The report describes them as “takeout food, restaurant meals, prepared drinks and lottery tickets.” The study found that 38 percent of survey respondents eat out a minimum of three times a week, 25 percent buy “prepared drinks” a minimum of three times a week and 10 percent buy lottery tickets three times a week. (The Ladders

Cheers to this! ... A new study has found that eating chocolate and drinking wine may help you live longer.  According to research out of Warsaw University, people who indulge in foods like chocolate, wine, and beer -- in moderation, of course -- combined with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables live longer and have a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer than those who eat a diet high in red meat, soda and processed foods. According to researchers, it comes down to a diet rich in antioxidants and focusing on foods that are anti-inflammatory. Inflammation in the body makes it more difficult to fight off disease and maintain good health. Eating foods that prevent inflammation, or don’t exacerbate, it are key. Wine, beer and chocolate all fit the bill. Yes! (LadBible

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