Archive for August, 2010

Will you still eat eggs after salmonella outbreak?

An Iowa company has recalled 380 million eggs after hundreds of people got sick from a salmonella outbreak.

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Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

The recall initially affected four states, but it has been expanded to 17, including Georgia.

The most common symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight hours to 72 hours of eating a contaminated product. It can be life-threatening, especially to those with weakened immune systems.

Although thoroughly cooking eggs can kill the bacteria, health officials are recommending people throw away or return recalled eggs.

After the scare, will you still eat eggs? Will you use them in recipes? Do you feel safer eating eggs ordered at a restaurant?

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Are you honest about your weight?

A new CDC study has found that the gap between what Americans say they weigh and their actual weight is decreasing. Unfortunately, our weight continues to rise. Researchers estimate the adult obesity rate at nearly 27 percent based upon a new telephone survey. Other more scientific studies place the obesity rate at 34 percent.

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CHRIS HUNT/AJC Special

With a tendency for people to not be accurate when it comes to how much they weigh, researchers have a host of theories about why the discrepancy is disappearing. Are people paying more attention to their weight by using a scale more? Because so many people are overweight, is the societal stigma disappearing, making people more comfortable admitting their real weight?

So what about you, are you honest when someone asks you how much you weigh? Are you more truthful with medical professionals than friends and family?

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