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    Muffin Top, Love Handles, Candy Bowl Belly? Don’t Let Halloween Sabotage your Health


    SACRAMENTO, Calif., October 25, 2011 - It’s hard to resist the sweet temptation of candy on Halloween. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American consumes nearly 25 lbs of candy each year! Those “fun-size” candy bars may seem harmless, but they can quickly add up say experts with Sutter Health’s MyLifeStages.

    “Just one or two snack-sized candy bars add an extra 100 empty calories to your daily diet,” says Karen Handy, MPH with Sutter-affiliated Palo Alto Medical Foundation and an expert on MyLifeStages.

    Handy adds, “In general, it’s common for women and men to gain about 10 pounds between their late 30s and late 40s. Throw in routine splurging on even “fun-size” candy bars and that 10 lbs could easily become 15 lbs, 20 lbs or even more.”

    Sutter Health experts suggest setting realistic goals and ditching the “all or nothing” approach this Halloween.

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