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Women prefer smell of men who eat more veggies

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KATHMANDU — A recent study by psychology researchers from  Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia has found that women are more attracted to the body odour of men who eat more fruits and vegetables compared to those who have more refined carbohydrates such as bread or pasta.

When people eat a lot of colourful veggies, their skin takes on the hue of carotenoids, the plant pigments that are responsible for bright red, yellow and orange foods, says researchers. The carotenoids get deposited in our skin, which can be measured by the spectrophotometer.

For the study, researchers recruited a group of healthy, young men.

The men’s skin was analysed using a spectrophotometer. The results are “a good indicator of how much fruits and vegetables we are eating,” said Ian Stephen of Macquarie University, who helped conduct the small study, in a recent interview with NPR.

During the study, the scientists asked male participants to record their diet, and then participate in two methods used to determine which males had the best-smelling sweat, according to Stephen.

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“We have known for a while that odour is an important component of attractiveness, especially for women,” said Stephen.

Researchers also had men complete food frequency questionnaires so they could determine the men’s overall patterns of eating. Then the men were given clean T-shirts and asked to do some exercise.

From an evolutionary perspective, our sweat can help signal our health status and could possibly play a role in helping to attract a mate, say researchers.

Then, women in the study were asked to sniff the sweat. “Women basically found that men who ate more vegetables smelled nicer,” Stephen was quoted as saying by NPR.

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Now, age 10-24 is the new adolescence period: Lancet study

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Gradual changes in biological growth and social role transitions — coupled with delayed marriage and parenthood — have pushed back the period of adolescence between ages 10-24 rather than the previously known 10-19 years, according to a study,conducted by Lancet.

The study, published in the journal Lancet Child & Adolescent Health Friday, revealed that an early puberty has accelerated the onset of adolescence in nearly all populations, while understanding of continued growth has lifted its endpoint age well into the 20s.

The past century has seen drastic changes in the definition of adolescence, which encompasses elements of biological growth and major social role transitions.

“Rather than age 10-19 years, a definition of 10-24 years corresponds more closely to adolescent growth and popular understandings of this life phase and would facilitate extended investments across a broader range of settings,” said study lead author Susan M Sawyer from the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

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As a result of lifestyle changes, genetics and environmental factors, early puberty for girls at age 8-10 is the new ‘normal’.

While menstruation is a natural process, an early puberty results in various health issues, like depression and behavioural issues as well as the risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers.

Similarly, young adults continuing their education for longer period, delayed marriage and parenthood, has pushed back popular perceptions of when adulthood begins.

“The transition period from childhood to adulthood now occupies a greater portion of the life course than ever before at a time when unprecedented social forces, including marketing and digital media, are affecting health and well-being across these years,” Sawyer noted.

An expanded and more inclusive definition of adolescence is essential for developmentally appropriate framing of laws, social policies and service systems, the researchers added.

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