Media Mash: Controversial thinspiration, phone anxiety & 'healthy' obesity


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HellaWella’s Media Mash is a weekly feature listing the latest and most interesting health-and-wellness stories we’ve read in the past week, pulled from the Web and linked for your convenience.



  • Coca-Cola Life — a soda sweetened with sugar and zero-calorie stevia — might debut in the United States next year. A 20-ounce serving contains only 100 calories. [Food Republic]

  • There's no such thing as a healthy obese person, according to researchers who found that obese individuals considered metabolically healthy still had a 24% increased risk for heart attack and stroke, and for death by any cause. [New York Times]

  • Check out this South American monkey that is called "fruit mad" because it eats 50 varieties of it each day. That's a lot of fiber. [BBC]


  • How's this for a #tbt: Check out these amusing fitness ads from back in the day. Working out never looked so ... hilarious! [FitSugar]

  • For a casual $25,000 a year, you can have a concierge doctor who allows you to call and text him whenever you want, and even fly him out internationally when you're on vacation. At least 124 of these doctors are currently operating in New York City. [Gawker]


  • Acid rain and ozone depletion may have contributed to killing off plants and organisms around the world during the most severe mass extinction in Earth's history about 252 million years ago. [Phys.org]

  • Are you and your cell phone joined at the hip? It could be making you anxious. [Time Healthland]


  • Organic whole milk is better for you than regular milk. Apparently, it contains more than 60% more omega-3 fatty acids than the other stuff. [Greatist]


  • If you're one of those people who claims to not want to live on this planet anymore, you may want to check out the worst places to live in the universe. You know, because moving long distance to an equally craptastic place would really suck. [Popular Science]


  • Hypnosis is not only for people in psychotherapy. Athletes, chemo patients and dieters are using it more and more these days. [Los Angeles Times]

  • It seems as though the rules of eating are constantly changing. Here are six new ones to ensure you’re getting vital nutrients. [Men’s Health]

  • In discussing the problem with rampant online "thinspiration," one doctor argues that "instead of looking at eating disorder habits as a pathology, thinspiration treats them as a lifestyle choice." [Mashable