Friday, March 19, 2010

Of Weight Issues

I was linked to this article from another blog. An excellent read. It is able to explain why fast food has been so successful and addictive. It also makes me rethink about eating fast food. Sure, it's cheap, quick and readily available, what's not to like. But, if we continue to indulge without care or control of our weight, health problems will come all together at once before you can even sense it. I also realized that I'm quite a fast eater and sometimes do not chew my food too much. This probably explains why my weight can go up when I stop exercising. Perhaps the root cause is my laziness in chewing.

Some of the key points which I took and summarized from the article:

In many countries, obesity is becoming a serious problem
  • Widening of 'Heavy-Thin Gap'
  • Overweight people were becoming more overweight

"Higher sugar, fat and salt make you want to eat more."
  • Sugar, fat and salt make a food compelling. They stimulate neurons and makes us want to eat more. 
  • Sugar, fat and salt are either loaded into a core ingredient (such as meat, vegetables, potato or bread), layered on top of it, or both.
  • fast food chains serve food with more fat, sugar and salt
Eliminating our need to chew before swallowing
  • Americans typically chewed food up to 25 times before it was swallowed; now the average American chews 10 times.
  • The key is to create foods with just enough chew – but not too much. Foods that slip down don't leave us with a sense of being well fed. In making food disappear so swiftly, fat and sugar only leave us wanting more.
Available at any time and anywhere
  • Make enticing food easily and constantly available, keep it novel, and people will keep coming back for more. With food available in almost any setting, "the number of cues, the number of opportunities" to eat have increased, while the barriers to consumption have fallen

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Of D-Cup Model to Role Model

Meet Kanny Theng. She used to be a Jeffrey Chung's Model. Now, she will be hosting children's TV show.
Read here: AsiaOne

Image Credit: The New Paper

Of Cable TV programmes - Singtel and Starhub

This is quite a piece of good news.

ONE set-top box - that is all you need to watch cable TV programmes from either StarHub or SingTel.
This is a major departure from the current situation, where StarHub cable TV customers cannot watch programmes telecast on rival SingTel's mio TV.
To watch shows from both, you would need an account with both players and pay for two set-up boxes.
But yesterday, the Government mandated that the companies work out a way to allow customers of one to watch shows from the other, without having to install two boxes in their homes or open another account.
Consumers will also pay identical fees for watching a programme, as providers will not be allowed to bill a rival's customers a higher fee.
The change will not happen right away, though.
Source: Straits Times

Monday, March 8, 2010

Of One Affair No Enough - Jack Neo’s second “affair” after Wendy Chong

Jack Neo is becoming Singapore's Tiger Woods with more and more women revealing Jack's scandals.

From Temasek Review:

After news broke of Jack Neo having an affair with a 22 year old model, another former member of his “Liang Jia Ban” entertainment group has stepped forward to accuse him of sexual harrassment!
In an interview with Chinese Daily Lianhe Wanbao, Foyce Le Xuan claimed that Jack Neo started to woo her within one year of joining the group. He would send her sweet SMSes and offered to send her home after work. He even booked a hotel room and asked her to meet him there so that they can share a “quiet” and “private” moment with one another.
She also accused Jack Neo of not giving her opportunities due to her rejection of his advances which prompted her to terminate her 3 year contract earlier.

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