Posts Tagged ‘eating habits’

You’ve been there before. It’s a Sunday afternoon, you’re at Wegmans, and let’s face it, you’re a little hungry. What’s so wrong about taking a few bites of a soon to be paid for bagel? Call me a fat ass, but I do that kind of thing all the time–have a few grapes while I’m shopping, a bite of a bagel, a swig of a water bottle, it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, right?

Well, according to a recent arrest in a Honolulu Safeway supermarket, it’s kind of a big deal. A pregnant woman by the name of Nicole Leszczynski was charged with fourth degree theft, along with her husband, for chomping on a chicken sandwich and honestly forgetting to pay. Once caught by security, she offered to pay the few dollars the sandwich was worth. She even showed them the wrapper as evidence that she had the intention of paying. Oh, and did I mention her two-year-old daughter was taken away for 18 hours by the state because of this whole debacle?

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Five years ago when I was in my freshman year of college, I was terrified at the thought of gaining the “freshman 15.” Weight-gain in college seemed inevitable: I was surrounded with greasy dining hall food, well-stocked vending machines and copious amounts of alcohol at every turn of the head.

Miraculously, my weight didn’t skyrocket during my freshman year. Naively, I assumed that it was due to my self-control (refusing dining hall burgers and fries on a daily basis is no small feat). But a recent study provides a counter-argument for my self-praise. According to ScienceDaily.com, the freshman 15 is really more like the freshman 5.

What’s more, freshman weight-gain may not be college-related, but more a result of becoming a young adult. A recent article by NPR highlights the reasons why many people put on the pounds as they get older. Aging causes muscles to break down, which in turn causes calories to be burned at a slower rate. (Just one more thing to look forward to, right?)

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