Kentucky is the Saddest State

Printed in the upcoming issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers claim Kentucky residents have the highest level of distress and prolonged mental health problems, but not surprisingly, people living in Hawaii were the least likely to experience mental health issues. Experts defined mental distress as 14 or more days of emotional discomfort and 14.4% of Kentuckians clocked in with difficulties. For the study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed 2.4 million adults; via National Geographic.

Not good news for Kentucky. Dr. Fuhrman insists a satisfying emotional environment is an important part of good health. For example, a stressful job can cause angina and heart-related chest pain, and eating comfort food, i.e. bad stuff, for emotional fulfillment may lead to weight gain and obesity, both aren’t doing your mood or health any favors.

In November, the CDC named Burlington, Vermont the healthiest city in the United States, with 95% of citizens in good or great health. So take your pick, Vermont or Hawaii.

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Hourglass Shape a Thing of the Past

Curves have long been associated with female beauty, such as Marilyn Monroe, but not anymore. In Current Anthropology, researchers reveal the pressure of demanding jobs and being more independent are causing women to produce more hormones which make them physically stronger and able to handle more stress. It’s also causing them to gain more weight around their middle than their hips. As a result, many modern day sex symbols, like Keira Knightley, have angular or “straight up and down” figures; The Daily Mail reports.

The findings are a little confusing. What do beautiful actresses have to be stressed about? Which Chihuahua best matches their handbag!

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Lack of Vitamin D Stunts Growth, Causes Weight-Gain

Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is important. Not getting enough can cause depression and rickets. And now, a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism has determined lack of vitamin D inhibits growth and leads to weight-gain in young girls. The shocking part is, scientists studied children living in sunny areas of California, which probably suggests kids aren't getting out enough; EurekAlert reports.

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Obese Kids Risk Thyroid Inflammation

All kids should run around like that. Because according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism obese children may be damaging their thyroids. Researchers found an association between body mass and thyroid hormone levels, suggesting that excess fat could alter thyroid tissue, causing weight-gain, but more studies need to be done; Reuters reports.