Lifestyle Quickies

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It’s no secret that a lot of people in the country are overweight. In fact, recent reports suggest that 40% of the U.S. population aged 15 and older is obese And while there are overweight folks everywhere, there are some cities where more of the population is considered “fat,” and a new report reveals which ones they are. 

WalletHub just released their list of the Fattest Cities in the U.S., looking at the 100 most populated metro areas in the U.S. across 18 key weight-related indictors, including share of overweight and obese adults and teens, share of adults with health issues related to weight like diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, as well as access to healthy food, a city’s friendliness towards an active lifestyle and more.

With all that in mind, the report finds that the area of Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas is the fattest city in the country, ranking an 81.03 out of 100, and topping the list for health consequences and food and fitness indictors. What’s more, they rank ninth for obesity and overweight.

Top Ten Fattest Cities In The Country (click here for the complete list)

  1. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
  2. Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
  3. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
  4. Memphis, TN-MS-AR
  5. Mobile, AL
  6. Knoxville, TN
  7. Jackson, MS
  8. Birmingham-Hoover, AL
  9. Baton Rouge, LA
  10. Lexington-Fayette, KY

Source: WalletHub


A slew of reports recently revealed the happiest cities in the U.S., but it turns out, folks in America really aren’t that happy overall. The annual World Happiness Report was just released and the U.S. doesn’t even land in the Top Ten.

The report, released by the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network, ranks 156 countries based on happiness factors like life expectancy, social support and corruption, and Finland lands on top, with a score of 7.632 out of 10. In fact, several Nordic countries made the Top Ten including Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

As for the U.S., it lands at number 18, which is actually better than the UK, which lands at 19.

Top Ten Happiest Nations

  1. Finland
  2. Norway
  3. Denmark
  4. Iceland
  5. Switzerland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Canada
  8. New Zealand
  9. Sweden
  10. Australia 

Source: Daily Mail


When you’re newly in love and everything’s going perfectly in your relationship, it can seem like you’re never going to disagree with your partner. But inevitably that day comes and you’re faced with your first fight. It can really shake up that blissful secure feeling you had gotten so used to and make you wonder “Is it normal to be fighting so soon?”

Of course, there’s no clear-cut answer to that. According to marriage and family therapist Dr. Fran Walfish, “it’s less about time and more about when you feel comfortable enough to disagree openly with each other.” And the thing to remember is that it’s natural for couples to disagree and fight, so it doesn’t mean the end is near, it means things are normal.

But if you’re fighting on one of your first three to five dates with someone, that could be a sign communication doesn’t flow well between you or that you might not be an ideal fit, marriage and family therapist Nicole Richardson explains.

So when do most happy, healthy couples have their first fight? Not before the first few dates, according to these experts. And if both partners are having their needs met without conflict, then it could be even longer. Just keep in mind that when that first fight finally happens, you and your relationship can survive.

Source: Elite Daily


Being in a satisfying long-term relationship is good for you in all kinds of ways and now research shows that it’s great for your health, too. According to a new study, the happier your relationship is, the less likely you are to gain weight as you age.

Researchers asked close to 2,650 people who are married or in long-term “marriage-like” relationships to rate their level of marital support and strain, along with the overall quality of their partnership. Then the study followed the weight of the participants over nine years.

It turns out, the people who said they had the highest levels of partnership quality and support gained less weight, compared to the folks who were less satisfied with their relationship. And the happier people reported being, the less weight they gained.

Study co-author Ying Chen explains, “Our study adds to the growing evidence that positive social relationships may be related to a number of better health and well-being outcomes.” Just another reason love is grand.

Source: Women’s Health Magazine


We all waste time on social media and apparently it can negatively affect our parenting. Research shows that social media addiction can lead to distracted parenting and false-comparison-induced anxiety. So limiting your time on social media is a good thing and these are some things you shouldn’t waste your time with as a mom on social media.

  • Fit Moms of Instagram - This Insta account inspires 338,000 people, and if you’re one of them, good for you. But if you recently delivered a little one and you’re wishing away the baby weight, do NOT compare your “body journey” to what you see here.
  • The one-who-got-away’s LinkedIn Page - So your ex sold a novel. Big deal.
  • Moda Operandi and Net-A-Porter’s Flash Sale Alerts - Who can afford to blow your kids’ college savings by ordering white silk wide-leg trousers right off the runway?
  • THAT cool mom’s feed - You know the one, she’s always polished at drop off, she’s a free-spirit who always says yes and seems to live a Pinterest-perfect life.
  • Travel Influencers - Your weekly run to Costco won’t seem nearly as thrilling after you check out this supermodel-y couple feed giraffes in Kenya.
  • Health activist Twitter - Do you really need your phone to ping with alerts about hot dogs causing cancer? Probably not since that’s all your kids have eaten for the last two years.
  • Your former colleague’s TED Talk - She leaned in and it worked for her. But it’s okay if you’re just over here trying to stay standing.
  • Attachment parenting Twitter - If you’re into it and want some positive feedback, carry on. But if you’re struggling with formula feeding and sleep training, you might not want to feel beat up for your decisions. Remember: “One mom’s tip can be another mom’s torture.”
  • Stylish Insta Kids - While you’re trying to find the least stained thing to send your kid to preschool in, these #toddlebrities have 22.5-thousand followers for their fashion sense.
  • #Craftmom Pinterest - You’re just looking for afternoon activity ideas, and you get sucked in checking out the creative types who DIY fantasy dragon eggs and snowstorms in a jar and suddenly two hours of your life is gone. And you know you’ll never make those complex projects, sorry kiddos.

Source: PureWow

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