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Out of Africa develops Whipped and Creamy Shea Body Butters

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Out of Africa has expanded its portfolio with a new line of Whipped and Creamy Shea Body Butters in four all-natural scents: Vanilla, Lavender, Lemon Verbena and Pomegranate.

Ideal for the face, lips, elbows, heels and anywhere else skin needs instant hydration, Out of Africa’s Whipped and Creamy Shea Body Butters are made with 100% pure, natural, unrefined shea butter that is hand harvested by women’s cooperatives in West Africa. They are priced at $12.99 each.

Loaded with fatty acids and antioxidants, as well as vitamins A, E and F, these body butters promise to provide ultimate nourishing, hydrating and anti-aging benefits. Shea butter will help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, fine lines, cracked skin, scars and other ailments. It also can help soothe psoriasis and eczema, the company stated.
 

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Study: Abdominal obesity and average waist circumference up significantly over last decade

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — The prevalence of abdominal obesity and average waist circumference increased among U.S. adults from 1999 to 2012, according to a study in the Sept. 17 issue of JAMA
 
Waist circumference is a simple measure of total and intra-abdominal body fat. Although the prevalence of abdominal obesity has increased in the United States through 2008, its trend in recent years has not been known, according to background information in the article. 
 
Earl Ford of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and colleagues used data from seven two-year cycles of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, starting with 1999-2000 and concluding with 2011-2012, to determine trends in average waist circumference and prevalence of abdominal obesity among adults in the United States. Abdominal obesity was defined as a waist circumference greater than 40.2 inches (102 cm) in men and greater than 34.6 inches (88 cm) in women.
 
Data from 32,816 men and nonpregnant women ages 20 years or older were analyzed. The overall age-adjusted average waist circumference increased progressively and significantly, from 37.6 inches in 1999-2000 to 38.8 inches in 2011-2012. Significant increases occurred in men (0.8 inch), women (1.5 inch), non-Hispanic whites (1.2 inch), non¬Hispanic blacks (1.6 inch) and Mexican Americans (1.8 inch).
 
The overall age-adjusted prevalence of abdominal obesity increased significantly from 46.4% in 1999-2000 to 54.2% in 2011-2012. Significant increases were present in men (37.1% to 43.5%), women (55.4% to 64.7%), non-Hispanic whites (45.8% to 53.8%), non-Hispanic blacks (52.4% to 60.9%) and Mexican Americans (48.1% to 57.4%).
 
The authors write that previous analyses of data from NHANES show that the prevalence of obesity calculated from body mass index did not change significantly from 2003-2004 to 2011-2012. “In contrast, our analyses using data from the same surveys indicate that the prevalence of abdominal obesity is still increasing. The reasons for increases in waist circumference in excess of what would be expected from changes in BMI remain speculative, but several factors, including sleep deprivation, endocrine disruptors and certain medications, have been proposed as potential explanations.”
 
“Our results support the routine measurement of waist circumference in clinical care consistent with current recommendations as a key step in initiating the prevention, control and management of obesity among patients,” the authors noted. 
 
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Report: Giant Eagle hiring 1,000 new associates

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle is planning to hire as many as 1,000 new associates to keep pace with its growing grocery business, the Pittsburgh Business Times reported Tuesday
 
According to the report, Giant Eagle will hold three events to hire new employees from Sept. 19 to 21.
 
Giant Eagle advertised the hiring events, which will be held throughout the Pittsburgh area on local television, the report noted. 
 
 
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