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The natural gas price in the Permian Basin in west Texas has slumped
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record production and pipeline constraints that also have stymied crude transport out of the
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New Petition Calls On Starz To Drop 50 Cent After Rapper Victim-Shames Terry Crews

Even though 50 Cent has deleted his social media post where he mocked actor Terry Crews for admitting he was  being fondled by another man, his school boy, juvenile action, has prompted anger from others. And it might affect his “pockets,” shall we say.

A  new Care2 petition is calling on Starz to end their relationship with 50 Cent after the rap-mogul ridiculed Terry Crews on Instagram following his moving testimony to the Senate where Crews shared his own personal experience as a victim of sexual assault.

“50 Cent is, in fact, a very powerful man in Hollywood,” the Care2 petition points out.  “The rapper turned actor stars and produces in Starz’s most watched show “Power” and last year the cable network announced that he had signed on to produce 3 more shows for the premium channel.”

The Care2 petition goes on to state, “Starz should send a message to the rapper and to all other potential producers and filmmakers that they will not tolerate this type of ignorance.”

50 is also getting het from anothyer foe for his digital bullying of Crews from entertainer Carrie Ann Inaba.

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Pigalle Celebrates Basketball With “Sunset to Duperré” Drop

France’s Pigalle returns with a selection of reimagined summertime staples offered in tribute to the neighborhood where founder Stephane Ashpool grew up. Key items from the Dexter Navy-shot lookbook include sportswear staples elevated with eye-grabbing panels of bright yellow, pink and blue, complementing basketball uniforms executed in pastel shades. Elsewhere, muted grey and brown sweaters bear the recognizable Pigalle logo in contrasting white, making for an understated contrast to the colorblocked pieces and single-toned tracksuits. On the tailored side, brightly-hued blazers and slacks blend sophistication and youthful style with relaxed cuts for comfort off the court. A selection of branded headgear and hoodies round out the expansive selection.

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Described by some as a ‘cultural anthropologist’, California-based photojournalist Lyle Owerko documents everything from African tribal culture to overlooked everyday objects, following his curiosity to bring viewers a fresh perspective.

If you’ve been watching the Netflix series The Defiant Ones recently, you’ll have an appreciation for the innovators and artists who were intrinsic to the rise of hip-hop. You’ll also be far more aware of the various mediums used to share and market this particular musical and cultural dialogue, including the speakers and headphones that were developed to hear the beats and bass as intended by producers such as Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.

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But Dre, Beats and Apple are far from the only individuals and brands interested in the hardware and tech associated with the music industry. Artists in other arenas are too. Step up Lyle Owerko – the New York-based photographer and filmmaker who is known for his on-the-ground coverage of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center – his image The Second Plane later graced the cover of TIME magazine – as well as editorial and fine art photographic projects created during his global travels. But that’s not all.

Lyle Owerko Boombox series Owerko also has a real passion for music, saying ‘I can’t create art – sometimes I can’t even think – unless I have music on.’ For him, a device to play music in his studio or wherever he is working is crucial. And that is where the photographer’s interest in the boombox began. ‘It isn’t just an audio device, it’s an icon of many types of movements,’ he says in the trailer that accompanies his book, The Boombox Project: The Machines, The Music And The Urban Underground. For Owerko, the boombox, aka the ghetto blaster or jam box, is an object of empowerment; it offered a way to open up the dialogue of a generation and brought that quite literally to the streets, not only via hip-hop and rap, but also punk, thrash metal, pop and guitar anthems.

This view of the boombox – as an object of rebellion and empowerment – led to Owerko seeking out and documenting a whole host of models from their peak period of use, the 1980s, to form a photographic documentary. And, as we welcome Lyle Owerko into our family of artrepublic artists, we are delighted to be able to share some of these prints with you in the gallery.
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As the photographer points out, each of these boomboxes has a personality. There is a story attached to every one of them, and no two models are the same. Shot against a plain white backdrop, the tech begins to speak for itself (not quite Transformers style, don’t worry). From the dulled chrome finish and multiple dials of one to the matte-black dual cassette decks and primary-colour highlights of another, each is an example of industrial design and contemporary (1980s) engineering. More than that though, they are – in Owerko’s words – the battle shields of a generation. A boombox declares its owner’s tastes and the urban and musical tribe they associated with.
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And just like that, you begin to understand the photographer’s interest in them. Each individual boombox holds a story, collectively they contain a history – of technological  innovation as well as of a series of cultural and musical conversations that changed the face of the music industry. You’re not just seeing a chunky, dated tape deck any more, are you? You can thank the curiosity of Lyle Owerko for that.

See more of the photos from Owerko’s Boombox Project, and start your own dialogue with our art advisors, in the gallery  or online from 19th May.

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EXCLUSIVE: Did Joel Kinnaman Drop a Hint That El Diablo is in ‘Suicide Squad 2’?

Squad goals! Joel Kinnaman revealed he stays in regular contact with his Suicide Squad costars, and can’t wait to be reunited with them for the sequel. However, the script has to be just right.

“We’re a little family,” the actor told FANDOM exclusively at the premiere of his new Netflix series Altered Carbon. “We’re all still friends. We hang out. We text each other almost every week. I can’t wait to see everyone again.”

Kinnaman, who plays Colonel Rick Flag, proceed to name drop Will Smith (Deadshot), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Jay Hernandez (El Diablo), Margo Robbie (Harley Quinn) and Ike Barinholtz (Griggs).

Interestingly, Hernandez’s character, El Diablo, seemingly died in the first film, and the rest of the cast has only been rumored for the 2019 DC Comic flick.

“In the first film we might’ve gone to production a little bit too soon,” Kinnaman said on the Altered Carbon red carpet. “They could’ve used a little bit more work on the script.”

“Sometimes these big movies start with a release date and then they got to figure the script on the way. And I think Warner Bros. is dead set on not doing that this time,” he added.

Kinnaman, who appeared surprisingly slim in person, shouldn’t have any trouble getting back into superhero shape.

For Altered Carbon, the star took on an intense regimen for the action — and nude — scenes. Kinnaman plays Takeshi Kovacs, a Japanese-Slavic marine-turned-mercenary whose consciousness is transferred into a new body.

“Well I did a lot of training,” Kinnaman told FANDOM. “I trained about six months before we started filming. 3-5 hours a day. A lot of physical training, stunt training. But you also gotta eat right.”

Season 1 of Altered Carbon premieres Friday on Netflix, while Suicide Squad 2 will drop in 2019.

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In the later years of his two-decade and still going strong career, Snoop Dogg has gone through a number of artistic incarnations. His latest musical journey takes the West Coast veteran down the path of Gospel music with his upcoming new album Bible of Love coming to the masses soon.

Bible of Love is Snoop’s 16th studio and his first foray into Gospel. The project comes by way of his Gospel label, All The Time Entertainment and in conjunction with RCA Inspiration. Snoop will be releasing some of the music from Bible of Love for the 19th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration which debuts on BET tonight (Feb. 3) at 11PM EST and will air throughout the weekend.

The album features B. Slade, who is featured on the track “Words Are Few” that we featured in our Daily Visuals section Friday (Feb.2). Other guests named so far are Faith Evans, Rance Allen, Tye Tribbett, and the Clark Sisters. The double-disc, 32-track release will bring together a number of R&B and Gospel stars together for the venture.

Bible Of Love makes its debut on March 16 and preorders are being taken now at Amazon, Apple Music, and iTunes.

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‘Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris’ Review: A Glimmer of Hope or Just a Bad Loot Drop?

After all the online controversy over the current state of Destiny 2, it’s easy to forget how captivating its core gameplay can actually be. As the glare of the sun illuminates Mercury’s majestic yellow structures and a hauntingly melancholic Egyptian melody fades into the foreground, Curse of Osiris’ opening mission reminds me exactly what made the franchise so enticing in the first place.

At its best, Destiny 2 is a game where stonkingly-high production values and fluid-feeling gameplay come together like few others. It’s a grin-inducing co-op experience where eye-rolling intergalactic melodrama, satisfying shooting and addictive loot-loops collide to keep you in a constant state of bliss.

Now, after two months off, I’m ready to fill that engram-shaped hole in my heart once again. Yet, unfortunately, only mere moments after being wowed by Curse of Osiris, the depressing reality of Destiny 2 hits me like a Red Legion battleship.


Once again, PVP offers more of the same in ‘Curse of Osiris.’

For every beautifully designed mission in this new expansion, there’s another that’s a carbon copy of one from the base game. For every tantalising new weapon and armour set, there’s a baffling mess of conflicting progression systems.

In short, Curse of Osiris isn’t the fixer-upper many fans hoped for — in fact, it arguably feels even more disjointed than the main game.

A Loot Drop Worth Holding out For?

It’s a shame because there are some genuinely brilliant moments littered across this fleeting campaign. Artistically, the new setting of Mercury and the Infinite Forest provide some of the most aesthetically memorable experiences you’ll find in the franchise to date.

With the eponymous Osiris having gone missing while fleeing the Vex, it’s your job to delve into the robot race’s time-bending playground and bring him back. After battling your way across the sand-splashed steps of Mercury, a sea of brightly coloured swirling vortexes suddenly usher you into this robot-controlled simulation – The Infinite Forest.


New planet Mercury is the highlight of an otherwise sparse DLC offering.

With this Vex world functioning as a reality-bending simulation, each visit to The Infinite Forest gives players a randomly generated environment. Unsurprisingly, this makes visits there brilliantly unpredictable. Yet, despite the ever-changing environments keeping players on their toes, the campaign’s pitiful difficulty level certainly doesn’t.

Yet, it’s not just the easy cannon fodder that quickly turns Curse of Osiris’ story missions into a tedious exercise. Just as I began to enjoy navigating the stunning locales on Mercury, it seemed as though the team began to panic about overusing their interesting new setting. This means that players are instead forced to do a few incredibly familiar-feeling missions on planets they’ve already been to.

To make matters worse, the story is incredibly bare bones here. With Osiris only showing up at the start and the end of the campaign (and Bungie only bothering to animate two proper cutscenes) the whole thing just feels incredibly half-baked. The much-touted new ghost, Sagira, is disappointing too, with her grating quips making her feel like a Clayde-6-lite — all sass and no actual personality.


The Infinite Forest is a refreshing and clever new environment that changes on each visit.

It feels like the symptom of a larger problem that plagues Destiny 2 – an over-reliance on the same few ideas.

Less of an Expansion, More of an Iteration

You may remember that at launch, we were fairly fond of Destiny 2. Thanks to the sequel’s grander storytelling ambitions, stunning visuals and more open environments, the game’s first 20 hours felt exactly like the sci-fi spectacle we hoped for. Unfortunately though, it’s what came after that disappointed.

Once the main campaign was done, players were left with a solid but uninspiring Crucible component, a slow-crawl to level up, or with simplying farming the same strikes and public events over and over. The addition of the Leviathan raid improved this slightly, but for many, the repetitive slog of the end-game saw them leave Destiny 2 in droves.

Ultimately, those hoping that Curse of Osiris will have enough substantial new additions or well-considered fixes to bring them back to the engram-loving horde are going to be bitterly disappointed. Like with the first few expansions for Destiny 1, this early DLC feels very much like a stop-gap release.


The Vex are the main enemy this time around, but sadly, there aren’t really any new enemy types to speak of.

There are also a few baffling decisions showcased here. While the power level cap has been raised from 20 to 25, increasing your power level is largely irrelevant. With missions, raids and strikes still locked behind a player’s light level, guardians will still be lusting after loot to level them up. So why bother giving players another unnecessary bar to fill up?

It’s been no secret that Bungie has been desperately working to appease players, but despite some welcome changes to Destiny 2‘s systems, there’s simply not enough here to make Curse of Osiris worth the cash. What should have been an innovative and exciting new content drop instead just feels like filler.

It’s worth noting that the new raid layer has yet to go live. We will update our review once we’ve cleared it.

Is Curse of Osiris Any Good?

This is an expansion that’s a mix of the brilliant and the lazy, the ill-thought out and the majestic. In other words, it’s not bad, but it should have been so much more. And sadly that’s exactly what many fans have come to expect from Destiny. Destiny 2 may well be worth playing again in the future, but as it stands, you’re better off waiting for the inevitable Taken Kingstyle year two refresh.

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Pittsburgh got some well-known sports teams but not enough well-known rappers. Maybe that changes today.

Steel City rapper Hardo calls on fellow natives Jimmy Wopo and Wiz Khalifa to lay it down for the home team and in the clip to “Today’s A Good Day” the three go hard like they’re going for the gold.

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HARDO FT. WIZ KHALIFA & JIMMY WOPO – “TODAY’S A GOOD DAY”

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As the saying goes, “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” But In the case of hip hop influencer Pusha T and SVP of A&R at Universal Music Group Steven Victor, hard work and talent will certainly take you further.

Recently Universal Music Group (UMG) kicked off their Masterclass series— a six-part speaking engagement featuring both artists and music executives, discussing the ins and outs of the industry. Targeted towards college students, the series spotlights both a forward facing figure in music, as well as a prominent background figure, while candidly addressing the currant climate in hip hop and the industry as a whole.

Moderated by Digital Content Director of Ebony-JET Soraya Joseph, the Master Class series kicked off with Pusha and Victor at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute’s Element of Hip Hop event, before some 400 students.

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Curated by UMG’s VP of College and Lifestyle and Marketing, Todd Goodwin, the intimate 45 minute Q&A touched on such topics as career, the importance of being dimensional in your role, and the most current climate of the industry today.

When discussing the future of hip hop and the importance of embracing newer artists, Pusha said:

“I’ve been here damn near 20 years and I look to be here for a long time. I feel my calling is to basically see the game forward and see new artists forward. I feel like all of the greats in music who I loved, except for a couple, would always shun new [artists] and energy. And these are people who I was dressing like and actually trying to look like them.  But I remember I would always see interviews and they would be say, “These new artists don’t do it like we do,” and I always said “I never want to be this guy. I didn’t want to be like that. That’s not hot!

Especially for the youngest genre, like c’mon man. What are we like, on 44 years of hip hop? We gotta see this thing though. I’m trying to see the Mick Jagger’s of rap — all of that. Whose going to be that in hip hop? I’m just trying to see the whole culture grow, and you can’t do that by saying ‘Hey, Trap Music isn’t as hot as ‘Paid in Full’ by Rakim or whatever. You can’t do that. You gotta embrace it all.
You gotta stay outside of what you know That’s the simplest way I can translate it. Like, I’m still outside. I’m still trying to go out and find that energy. I’m still going to the club and I’m still seeing how you guys are even reacting to the music. I love [music] so much, that I want to be in it in every aspect. It’s not just about money. I don’t know what I would do without music. Hunting and searching and just trying to find artists… I live for all of that.
I’m not cutting the legs off of hip hop. The youth are the legs. I’m not cutting the legs off at all!”
In regards to the A&R process, Victor was sure to address the more recent stigma surrounding major labels, stressing the importance of a major, while also maintaining your independence:

“[Being independent] doesn’t work for everybody. It worked for one person- Chance the Rapper.

If you look at the biggest artists in the world, who is independent? Nobody can do it [all] by themselves. That’s like a label person saying ‘Hey, you don’t need a producer, you’re a rapper, just make the beat yourself.’ It’s the same thing.

You should build your own fan base— you should do that.  I admire independence [but] it depends on what kind of artist you want to be. I’m not [just] in it as an executive or a manager as someone in the music business. I’m not in it for indie games. I’m in it for master success; and I think if you want to have master success [you need help]. If you look at the biggest artist in the world, look at the list. The top 10 or Top 20. I’m not telling you anything you can’t research.”

Rapper/President of G.O.O.D music Pusha T, who is also managed by and has a long working history with Stevens, challenged the SVP’s logic because, after all, what’s a debate without a slight disagreement?

Pusha: I’m from an era of hip hop where we celebrate independence. So we always admired and loved the stories of all the indie labels- Swave House, 8 Ball and MJG.

Victor: Those indie labels had partners-

Pusha: Not at first, not at first!

Victor: Yeah, but at the end of the day, after a while, when he wanted to take it the next level, he had a partner.

Pusha: Look man, this is why we come to a happy median. And when we do agree, it’s usually right.

Victor: You gotta go through these conversations to get through it.

Pusha: Yeah, and I still disagree with him. Right now.

Victor: So why ain’t you independent?

Pusha: Good question! [laughs]

In the end, Victor was sure to stress that while although major labels are idea for growth, independence is still a major key:

Victor: Get you a smart manager, and a smart lawyer and get yourself a good deal. An independent deal. You’re still signed to a major corporation but—

As an artist you have to do things on your own, you have to be independent, but up to a certain point because a major record label can’t get you any fans, they can’t get you a fanbase, they can’t do the work for you. Once you’ve done those things on your own, and when you’ve done those things on your own, you’re able to negotiate a better deal for yourself that might resemble an independent deal but, you have to do the work. You have to do it independent up to a certain point. But if you’re trying to take it to the next level, you need certain help that you won’t be able to do on your own.

Pusha: Facts!

Check out the entire conversation below.

The UMG Masterclass series, done in partnership with Ebony Media Operation’s newly redesigned JET, will travel to Atlanta, Chicago and Houston, with its most recent stops being Atlanta and LA’s University of Southern California (USC).

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Fixer Upper? Beyoncé and Jay-Z Drop Nearly $1 Million to Renovate Their $88 Million Bel-Air Property

Beyonce and Jay-Z dropped $ 88 million on a beautiful Bel-Air estate over the summer — but $ 88 million isn’t enough to get The Carters exactly what they want.

So, like most people who aren’t happy with the state of their home, they’re reportedly undertaking a bit of a renovation project.

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The Carters have taken out 2 permits in the past month for work on their recently purchased Bel-Air property — one to install a backup generator and make a $ 30k alteration to the pad, and another to add a living area under the pools for around $ 750k.

Bey and Jay closed escrow on the mansion in August for $ 88 MILLION — a dream come truefor one new neighbor. But apparently $ 88 mil only gets you so much.

As we reported … the couple also went bicoastal last month by gobbling up a baller house in the Hamptons for a cool $ 26 million.

If you can’t buy what you want, then you make it what you want.

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You know that being overweight or obese can increase your risk of cancer, heart disease, and other health problems. According to the National Cancer Institute, there is consistent evidence that higher amounts of body fat are associated with increased risks of several types of cancer, including endometrial, esophageal, liver, kidney, multiple myeloma, pancreatic, colorectal, gallbladder, breast,…

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Why Women Should Drop Their Obsession with Weight

You know that being overweight or obese can increase your risk of cancer, heart disease, and other health problems.

According to the National Cancer Institute, there is consistent evidence that higher amounts of body fat are associated with increased risks of several types of cancer, including endometrial, esophageal, liver, kidney, multiple myeloma, pancreatic, colorectal, gallbladder, breast, ovarian, thyroid, and breast cancers.

In 2016, researchers published a study showing that the longer a woman spent overweight, the higher her risk of cancer. After reviewing data from 74,000 U.S. women, they determined that on average, the odds rose by 10 percent for every 10 years a woman had been obese, and climbed by 7 percent for every decade she’d been overweight.

Other studies have linked overweight and obesity with higher rates of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Normal-weight women, meanwhile, have assumed that they were doing just fine.

Not so fast. New research suggests that normal-weight women can be just as vulnerable to cancer and heart disease—sometimes more so—than overweight women, depending on how healthy they are, otherwise. In fact, all women would be wise to focus on other measures of health, regardless of their weight.

Study Shows Even Fit Women Increase Cancer Risk with Processed Foods

For the study, researchers analyzed data from 90,000 postmenopausal women who participated in the Women’s Health Initiative. They looked at food frequency questionnaires to estimate energy intake and nutrient quality of the foods the women ate. 

New research suggests that normal-weight women can be just as vulnerable to cancer and heart disease—sometimes more so—than overweight women, depending on how healthy they are, otherwise. In fact, all women would be wise to focus on other measures of health, regardless of their weight.

They also calculated something called the “dietary energy density (DED)” for each food, a measurement that determines the ratio of calories to nutrients. Pizza, for example, has a high DED because it contains a lot of calories but few nutrients. Fruits and veggies have lower DED levels because they have fewer calories, but lots of nutrients.

Finally, they reviewed all medical data to see which women developed cancer and which didn’t.

Results showed that postmenopausal women eating high (unhealthy) DED diets—filled with mostly processed foods like chips, fast foods, and sweets—had a 10 percent higher risk of developing obesity-related cancer—but only if they were at a normal body weight at the beginning of the study.

This result was surprising. After all, normal-weight women usually believe that they have nothing to worry about in terms of cancers related to overweight. But this study suggests that it may be more about the foods we eat than it is about how much we weigh.

“I think when we say that certain cancers are associated with obesity,” said lead author Cynthia Thomson, “people who are normal-weight think, ‘So I’m OK.’”

But it turns out that being thin doesn’t necessarily mean you’re healthy. “This finding suggests that weight management alone,” Thomson added, “may not protect against obesity-related cancers should women favor a diet pattern indicative of high energy density.”

Other Factors Are More Important Than Weight in Determining Disease Risk

This isn’t the only study to send out a warning to normal-weight or skinny women. In 2014, Australian research revealed that one in four skinny people have pre-diabetes and are “metabolically obese,” which means they are in the normal-weight range, but they have more body fat than is healthy. This fat often collects in hidden places around the organs, leading to high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

The condition can be even more dangerous than being obese, according to some studies. People with diabetes who are skinny fat, for example, have been found to have higher mortality rates than obese diabetics. Another study also found that patients with heart disease who were overweight and obese had a lower risk of early death than normal-weight or underweight patients.

Researchers believe that the problem is many normal-weight women are metabolically unfit. In addition to carrying too much visceral fat, they are likely to lack muscle, to eat unhealthy diets, and to avoid exercise—all factors that can lead to a higher risk of disease, no matter the body weight. 

Researchers believe that the problem is many normal-weight women are metabolically unfit. In addition to carrying too much visceral fat, they are likely to lack muscle, to eat unhealthy diets, and to avoid exercise—all factors that can lead to a higher risk of disease, no matter the body weight.

In a 2008 report on 5,400 adults, data suggested that half of overweight people and one-third of obese people were metabolically healthy. In other words, they had healthy cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure levels, and low risks for disease. At the same time, about one in four healthy-weight individuals had at least two cardiovascular risk factors typically associated with obesity.

In another study of 2,600 adults aged 60 and older, it wasn’t weight, but fitness level that was the strongest predictor of mortality risk. Those with the lowest level of fitness were four times as likely to die over a period of 12 years than those with the highest level of fitness.

Finally, in April of this year (2017), another study found that slender women had a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Scientists looked at the fat tissue from the breast and blood samples from 72 women with normal body-mass indices, and found that 40 percent of them had dangerous inflammation in their breast fat tissue.

4 Things Women Need to Focus on for Good Health

These and other studies indicate that as women, we may be too focused on weight, and not enough on health.

Yes, being overweight increases risk of cancer and heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The truth is that overweight women are more likely to be metabolically unhealthy, but not automatically less healthy than normal-weight women.

“Obviously the more overweight and the more obese you are,” said study author Dr. Timothy Church, “the more likely you are to have metabolic abnormality. When you have weight plus insulin resistance, weight plus hypertension, weight plus abnormal cholesterol—then you have an issue.”

But as research shows, normal-weight women can have these problems, too. That’s why it’s important for all women, regardless of weight, pay attention to the following good-health habits:

  1. Eat more real foods. All the research shows that no matter your weight, eating nutritious foods is protective for your health. That means focusing on high-quality items like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and healthy sources of protein, and limiting low-quality foods like processed snack foods, sugar-sweetened beverages, refined (white) grains, refined sugar, fried foods, and foods high in saturated and trans fats.
  2. Focus on fitness. Of all the things we can do to protect our health, exercise may be the most important. It’s the closest we’ve come to a health panacea, but women need to commit to at least 30 minutes a day (an hour is better, particularly as you get older), and work in some strength training a couple times a week to avoid muscle loss.
  3. Watch your metabolic health. High levels of blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol are all known risk factors for heart disease and other health problems. Get regular blood tests and keep your eye on your numbers.
  4. Tame inflammation. Studies over the last few decades have identified inflammation as one of the more dangerous factors in a number of diseases, including cancer. Women can take several steps to reduce their overall inflammation to nip this risk factor in the bud. (For information on how to reduce inflammation, see our article, “‘Hot’ Women at Risk—7 Simple Ways to Cool Inflammation.”)

Sources

“Obesity and Cancer,” National Cancer Institute, https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/obesity/obesity-fact-sheet.

Amy Norton, “Women’s Risk for 4 Cancers Goes Up the More Years Spent Overweight,” CBS News, August 17, 2016, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/womens-risk-for-4-cancers-goes-up-the-more-years-spent-overweight/.

Cynthia A. Thomson, et al., “Association between Dietary Energy Density and Obesity-Associated Cancer: Results from the Woen’s Health Initiative,” Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2017, http://jandonline.org/article/S2212-2672(17)30624-X/fulltext.

“High-Cal Foods Raise Even Thin Women’s Cancer Risk,” Newsmax.com, August 18, 2017, https://www.newsmax.com/Health/Health-News/high-calorie-foods-raise/2017/08/18/id/808361/.

Lucy Thackray, “It’s more dangerous to be ‘Skinny Fat’ than it is to be OBESE: Research shows that one in four skinny people are ‘metabolically fat’ because of diet soft drinks, lack of sleep and unhealthy habits,” Daily Mail, November 20, 2014, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2842250/It-s-worse-Skinny-Fat-OBESE-research-shows-one-FOUR-skinny-people-metabolically-fat-diet-soft-drinks-lack-sleep-unhealthy-habits.html.

Alexandra Sifferlin, “Can You Be Fat and Fit—or Thin and Unhealthy?” Healthland Time, September 5, 2012, http://healthland.time.com/2012/09/05/can-you-be-fat-and-fit-or-thin-and-unhealthy/.

Rachel P. Wildman, et al., “The Obese Without Cardiometabolic Risk Factor Clustering and the Normal Weight with Cardiometabolic Risk Factor Clustering,” Arch Intern Med. 0208; 168(15):1617-1624, http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/770362.

Tara Parker-Pope, “Better to Be Fat and Fit Than Skinny and Unfit,” New York Times, August 18, 2008, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/19/health/19well.html?mcubz=0.

Mia De Graaf, “Slender women have a higher risk of breast cancer, study warns,” Daily Mail, April 5, 2017, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4383492/Slender-women-HIGHER-risk-breast-cancer.html.

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