The Weekly Weigh-In: Eating By Yourself Might be Bad for Your Health

Plus, the dark side of the wellness revolution, a new spine center in Newport, a seminar on toxic masculinity and more in health and wellness.

Dining solo can be peaceful, practical and even fun. But a new study shows that eating alone too often could be linked to type two diabetes, high blood pressure and more. [NBC News]

Has the trendy nature of wellness become, well, too selfish? Click here to find out how social media is playing a huge, possibly not-so-positive, role in the self-care revolution. [Well and Good]

According to experts, recurring back or neck pain is among the most weakening of conditions. Lifespan’s new Comprehensive Spine Center has now expanded to Newport Hospital to bring spinal care closer to home for residents of Aquidneck Island, South County and nearby Massachusetts. [PBN]

You’d think chefs would eat well: they have access to top-notch ingredients and the skill to prepare them. Well, it turns out that the eating habits of a chef are a lot like yours: get home late, scrounge, find frozen corn dog in the recesses of your freezer and think, ah, that will do the trick. Healthyish got the scoop on how seven chef’s are fighting the urge to eat fast and fatty, along with tips and ideas on how you can too. [Healthyish]

Everyday we’re bombarded with advertising that shows athletes pushing their bodies to the limit in the name of success. Or we scroll through Facebook and see a friend’s posts about their crazy training for a marathon. Our culture’s reverence for getting fit can make us feel inadequate, especially compared to these devoted denizens of exercise. But, too much exercise isn’t a good thing; it can actually be a dangerous addiction. [Aeon]

On The Run: Health and wellness goings-on

Nov. 4: The seven dimensions of wellness are as follows: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, financial, social and environmental. Want to learn more about one, two or all of these? Check out the first annual Pawtuxet Valley Wellness Day.

Nov.4: This seminar argues that men are facing challenging times in our patriarchal society that demands hyper-masculinity, while women often ask for more sensitivity and openness from their partners. As such, the free seminar Masculinity: A civilization at war with itself explores how both men and women can overcome the obstacles set by our culture’s stubborn ideals.

Nov. 5: Celebrate visiting nurses and all the good they do at the seventh annual Chocolate Brunch fundraiser. The event will benefit healthcare programs from Visiting Nurse Services and feature a fashion show, live music and a silent auction.  

Nov. 5: Light the Night is back to continue bringing light to the darkness of cancer. The annual fundraising walk will begin at the Rhode Island State House and all participants will be given an illuminated lantern representing their connection to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  

Nov. 5: A Barre and Soul instructor is leading a free Pop-up Barre class at Athleta in the Providence Place mall. Make sure to bring a mat, some H20 and a friend to sweat it out with.

Nov.9: The Healthy Networking Event connects students, health professionals and community members in the area to discuss their healthy lifestyles, goals, ideas or businesses. Guest speakers will be present to discuss their health experiences in the professional world and to offer advice. Food and drink samples will be provided by the Juice’d cafe.

Reporting assistance by Grace Kelly 

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