Noise Can Pack On Extra Pounds

November 1, 2016

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Noise is everywhere and according to the World Health Organization, noise pollution is one of the most pressing threats to public health, second only to air pollution, and responsible for a range of conditions from stress, restless nights, development delays in children and even heart disease and strokes in adults.  Now it appears noise pollution can also make us fat! A Swedish study found that for every 5 decibel increase in noise above 45 decibels, which is the noise level of low traffic, can add almost an inch to your waistline.  The study also found living under a flightpath of an airplane doubled the risk of obesity. With all this in mind, how can you quiet an ever louder world with more electronic gadgets buzzing and beeping? The most common-sense approach is to search out quieter versions of loud items.  Dishwashers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners all have versions that run quieter than older and cheaper versions.  Around the home with hard floors, soften the noise with rugs, throw pillows and cushions on furniture.  And nature walks away from noise can also be a refresher as long as you leave your mobile device in the car.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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