It's been a busy news week! While I've spent most of my afternoon ogling at the beautiful bodies of ESPN's Body Issue, I managed to tear my eyes away long enough to bring you the biggest health-related headlines of the week. Read on and then tell us what you think in the comments below!
1. The U.S. was bumped from the top of the obesity list. With a 32.8 percent adult obesity rate, Mexico has inched past the U.S. to become the most obese country in the world. Childhood obesity in Mexico has also tripled in the past decade, and about a third of the country's teenagers are considered obese, with the poor being hit the hardest.
2. Americans are exercising more. However, according to a new study from the University of Washington, they're not losing that much weight. In more than two-thirds of the nation's counties, men and women have become more physically active. Women have become notably more active, with the percentage of those who got sufficient weekly exercise jumping from 46.7 percent to 51.3 percent. Simultaneously, obesity rates have continued to climb in all but nine counties between 2001 and 2009.
3. Daft Punk condoms now exist. Now you can wrap up with Get Lucky as you listen to "Get Lucky" while you're getting lucky. Wordplay aside, condom manufacturer Durex has begun promoting the new brand by handing them out to top DJs at music festivals. No word yet on whether they'll help you be harder, stronger, faster, better.
4. New spring-loaded running shoes may help stave off injuries. British researchers have developed a shoe that includes minitiaturized pocket springs—similar to the kinds found in mattresses—to absorb the shock as your feet hit the pavement when you run. Although the shoes are not available to the public, a prototype will be shown at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, where visitors will be able to test them out.
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5. A NY woman thought to be dead woke up just as doctors were preparing to harvest her organs. St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, New York, is making headlines after a report detailed the case of a 41-year-old woman mistakenly believed to be dead who woke up as doctors were preparing to harvest her organs came to light this week. Colleen Burns had overdosed on drugs and slipped into a coma, but was presented as dead to her family, who then gave the hospital permission to donate her organs.