Blog Posts by Jordana Divon

  • One in 20 Canadians is addicted to food, says study

    According to a new study, one in 20 Canadians is a food addict. (Thinkstock)Thanks to a bustling restaurant culture developing in Toronto and other major Canadian cities, there are many regular folks who now label themselves as “foodies.”

    When food is good, we’re inspired to eat it. And sometimes, we are inspired to eat a little more than is good for our waistlines.

    But there’s a difference between being a foodie and taking that passion too far. A new study out of Newfoundland’s Memorial University says that one in 20 Canadians can be classified as having a food addiction.

    Also see: Metabolism myths that are destroying your diet

    Researchers classify addiction in this context as “compulsive overeating in harmful and unhealthy ways,” says the study’s senior author, Guang Sun. “This is the first finding of its kind,” he adds.

    As the National Post notes, Sun and his team asked a group of 652 participants (415 women and 237 men) to answer questions about their eating habits. The method used is known as the Yale Food Addiction Scale, which asks people to describe their

    Read More »from One in 20 Canadians is addicted to food, says study
  • Bullying a 'significant international public health issue,' says study

    Bullying can lead to long-term symptoms of depression and anxiety. (Thinkstock)The effects of bullying can last a lifetime, reveals new research, suggesting that victims are twice as likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety during adulthood than their non-bullied peers.

    “Given that school bullying is a widespread phenomenon in many countries around the world, the present results suggest that bullying be considered a significant international public health issue,” states the report, published in the journal Pediatrics.

    Also see: One out of ten American children have livers like alcoholics

    The report, written by researchers at the University of Padua in Italy, compiled data from bullying victims between the ages of seven and 16 years old, including research from the Netherlands, Australia, Canada and the U.S.

    “Our research demonstrated the negative consequences of bullying across a wide spectrum of age groups and countries,” says study co-author Gianluca Gini.

    Also see: Study reveals why kids don't fear danger

    Gini adds that parents should monitor their

    Read More »from Bullying a 'significant international public health issue,' says study
  • N.H. pizza place offers students free slices for good grades

    A New Hampshire pizza place advertises free grub for good grades. (Photo via Imgur)A New Hampshire pizza place advertises free grub for good grades. (Photo via Imgur)

    The only thing that tastes better than pizza is free pizza.

    A community-minded pizza shop owner in Greenville, N.H. is motivating high school students to reach for the A-list by offering up free grub.

    According to a photo posted on this Reddit discussion, the owner of Greenville House of Pizza is giving a free slice of his signature pie to students who bring in evidence of an A on their report card.

    The deal is even sweeter for keeners, as a report card full of straight As earns an entire large pizza on the house, plus a 2-litre soda.

    Also see: Should schools send out "fat" letters?

    Students who earn straight As are rewarded with a free large pizza at Greenville House of Pizza. (Thinkstock) To get these stellar grades, students are encouraged to turn the pizza place into an after-school study hall, where pizza slices will set them back a mere 35 cents and assignments completed to the restaurant owner's satisfaction earn a free root beer float.

    Life-long learners are encouraged to join the fun, as community members of any age who can recite Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address from memory will get

    Read More »from N.H. pizza place offers students free slices for good grades
  • Adventurous newlyweds say “I do” before scaling down high-rise wedding venue

    Newlyweds Rebecca Shackelford and Carlos Gato celebrated their wedding by rappelling down their wedding venue. (Photo via Twitter)Newlyweds Rebecca Shackelford and Carlos Gato celebrated their wedding by rappelling down their wedding venue. (Photo via Twitter)Miami newlywed Rebecca Shackelford couldn't wait to kick off her high heels and, well, jump off a building after exchanging vows with husband Carlos Gato.

    The couple, who married at the JW Marriott Marquis hotel in Miami, celebrated their marriage by rappelling down the hotel's 19 storeys.

    Also see: Should I force my husband to wear his wedding ring?

    “I had no idea this is how she would want to get married,” Shackelford's grandmother, Joyce Barnes, remarks to the Miami Herald. “Especially jumping off a building — usually that happens much later in a marriage.”

    The unusual celebration was part of a fundraising effort for the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) called Over the Edge. Though Gato only proposed in June and they had planned to wait until 2014 to tie the knot, the couple rushed to get their wedding together for September 6 in order to participate in the MCI’s wedding contest.

    Also see: The growing trend of 'silver divorces' and why they happen

    “Calling them adventurous would be an

    Read More »from Adventurous newlyweds say “I do” before scaling down high-rise wedding venue
  • Skincare line reshoots ad campaign after Australia advisory board suggests more smiling

    The original ad (left) was deemed too 'arousing.' (Ella Bache via Daily Life)The original ad (left) was deemed too 'arousing.' (Ella Bache via Daily Life)

    It’s the fashion world equivalent of that annoying guy who tells you “Smile, honey, it’s not so bad” while you’re just trying to walk down the street.

    According to multiple news outlets, Australia’s Outdoor Media Advisory Board (OMA) warned French skincare line Ella Bache that their new billboard campaign featuring a series of naked models would be a breach of their AANA advertising code of ethics.

    The issue was not, as you may have initially imagined, due to the nudity (which was covered by the models’ strategically placed hands anyway). The problem, as per the OMA, was that the models weren’t smiling, thus projecting far too “arousing” and “sexualizing” an effect.

    Were they posed in the same unclothed positions, but showing their pearly whites, the campaign would get the full green light.

    Also see: Tyra Banks sparks debate with edgy art project

    “[W]e considered that while the nudity was relevant to the product, the serious facial expressions did increase the sexual overtones of the

    Read More »from Skincare line reshoots ad campaign after Australia advisory board suggests more smiling
  • Couple outwits serial killer in creative engagement photo shoot

    Creative wedding engagement photo shoots have officially jumped from a quirky one-off to a full-fledged competitive sport.

    Gone are the days when gazing into each other’s eyes in a nearby park can be considered a viable option.

    Also see: Vancouver newlyweds say 'I do' while water-skiing

    Oh no. To stake your claim in these games, you’d better go big or go home.

    The latest couple to set the bar is Alexandra and Chris, a husband-and-wife-to-be from England who chose a horror-themed set of photos to commemorate their undying love.

    Also see: Cute and unusual ways to say 'I love you'

    According to an article on PetaPixel, the couple conceptualized the unique shoot with Eleven Photo, a photo company from their native country of Hungary.

    The result is a colourful comic strip tale that begins with the couple innocently cuddling and ends with them fleeing from - and eventually defeating - a masked serial killer.

    Also see: Wedding tip that will make your life way easier

    Though the betrothed pair uploaded

    Read More »from Couple outwits serial killer in creative engagement photo shoot
  • Yelling, swearing at your teen can lead to depression, says study

    Yelling and swearing at your teen can make them depressed, says a new study. Do you agree? (Thinkstock)Parents of generations past would be shocked to learn that the hallmarks of pre-21st century parenting are now considered borderline abusive by new guidelines.

    Spanking has been virtually outlawed as a mode of discipline, while some child behaviourists even suggest that the word “no” can have damaging consequences for a young person’s development.

    The latest disciplinary tool to hit the chopping block, according to a new study published in the journal Child Development, is good old fashioned yelling.

    That’s right. Raising your voice to express anger with your rebellious 13-year-old – or even worse, swearing at them – can lead to an increased chance your child will develop symptoms of depression and anxiety, say researchers.

    "This is one of the first studies to indicate that parents' harsh verbal discipline is damaging to the developing adolescent," says lead researcher Ming-Te Wang, an assistant professor of psychology in education at the University of Pittsburgh.

    Also see: How parents

    Read More »from Yelling, swearing at your teen can lead to depression, says study
  • Teens addicted to technology can go off the grid at ‘fasting camps'

    Do you think 'fasting camps' like this are necessary? (Thinkstock)How do we know our internet addiction is getting out of control?

    Starting next year, Japanese parents will be able to send their teens to internet “fasting” camps, where staff will make sure they are kept busy all day with fun activities, swimming, crafts and time in the woods.

    Or as people used to call it once upon a time: Camp.

    It’s a troubling prospect that the summertime event kids used to spend all school year anticipating is now being heralded as some kind of rehabilitative therapy.

    Also see: How technology might be making you sick

    But according to The Japan News, the web addiction problem has gotten so bad in the Asian nation that it counts over half a million teenagers at risk for depression, nutritional deficits, poor sleep habits, and declining school performance among other potential risks linked to too much technology.

    "It's becoming more and more of a problem," Akifumi Sekine, a spokesman for Japan’s ministry of education, tells the Daily Telegraph. "We estimate this affects

    Read More »from Teens addicted to technology can go off the grid at ‘fasting camps'
  • Sleep poll reveals we’re not getting enough shut-eye

    Feel like you don't get enough sleep? You're not alone. (Thinkstock)Do you drift off into the world of zzzs the minute your head hits fluffy pillow? Do you sleep soundly through the night and wake up the next morning feeling refreshed, regenerated and ready to take on the world?

    Congratulations! You are a statistical anomaly. According to a new poll released by the National Sleep Foundation, less than half the people in the countries surveyed are getting sufficient shut-eye.

    Between crying babies, work demands, stress, millions of adulthood responsibilities or an inability to wind down in time to get that mythical eight hours, people around the world are bone tired.

    It’s one of the first times a national survey has compared sleep patterns across numerous cultural divides, says Namni Goel, research associate professor of psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and a member of the NSF 2013 International Bedroom Poll expert panel.

    Also see: Why sleep is even more important than we thought

    "Although we know that

    Read More »from Sleep poll reveals we’re not getting enough shut-eye
  • Natural beauty: Jennifer Lawrence smoulders in new Miss Dior ads

    Saying that 2013 has been the year of Jennifer Lawrence is an understatement.

    The 23-year-old actress wowed us with her talent, charmed us with her quick wit and engaging personality and now, thanks to her new Dior ad campaign, she’s managed to knock us out with her natural beauty.

    That’s what you call a Hollywood hat trick.

    Jennifer Lawrence goes au naturel in a new set of Miss Dior ads. (Dior)Fashion fans have long known that Lawrence was tapped as the face of the French fashion house’s young Miss Dior line. This is a big coup for a young actress, since high fashion campaigns are seen as the holy grail of endorsement deals, and a sign one has really "made it" in Hollywood. An Oscar at age 22 is another such sign, mind you.

    Also see: Jennifer Lawrence stuns in Dior at Cannes

    Her first ads got mixed reviews, but the new set for the Miss Dior autumn/winter 2013 campaign, have improved on the last lot by stripping down the makeup (well, at least by fashion ad standards) and highlighting Lawrence’s expressive face.

    The photos also feature a gorgeous grey pea coat

    Read More »from Natural beauty: Jennifer Lawrence smoulders in new Miss Dior ads

Pagination

(257 Stories)