In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec. 31, 2010 / 24 Teves, 5771

It's not so great being average

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It all started with a television show on how soda is made. The program concluded saying the average American drinks 50 gallons of soda a year. I tried to visualize myself lining up 95 2-liters in the garage or pouring it all in a 50-gallon drum and just getting a straw.

And then I began to wonder: Who is this average American?

I did my own research on the research on the average American and if the numbers are to be believed, the average American is a mess.

According to David Zinczenko, author of "Eat This, Not That!," the average American consumes 24 pounds of candy a year. Multiple reports claim that the average American eats 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, or 44 pounds a year.

The Palm Beach Post reported that the average American eats 1.13 cups of vegetables and 0.68 cups of fruit a day. I read that and was stunned — how does one measure 0.68 cups of fruit or 1.13 cups of vegetables? Were the strawberries whole or smashed down in the measuring cup? Were the carrots sliced or shredded?

The average American eats more than 4 pounds of pasta, 13.8 pounds of turkey and 5.2 pounds of sweet potatoes per year. He eats only 8 pounds of berries a year, but 17.9 pounds of bacon, 120 pounds of potatoes, 21 dozen eggs, 200 sandwiches and grabs fast food more than four times a week. The average American is also likely to be overweight. Shocker.

What we don't eat we throw away. Last year the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that 25 percent of the food Americans buy goes to waste. This year the figure was 40 percent.

The average American isn't sleeping so well either.

In 1960, the average Joe got eight hours of sleep a night. Today, the National Sleep Foundation reports that most people get by on less than seven hours while USA Today reports that the average American is down to about six hours of sleep a night.

The average American works a 46-hour week. A Microsoft study found that average Americans waste 16work hours a week, most often attending worthless meetings or surfing the internet.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American spends more than 100 hours commuting to the job (where he works some and dallies some). A Gallup poll says the average American's daily commute is 46 minutes round trip. The average American is probably eating while he drives.

The average American has about 20 hours of leisure time per week. The IRS estimates filling out a complete 1040 form with Schedules A through E will take 44hours.Say so long to two weeks of leisure time, average American.

Meanwhile the average American teen is busy sending 3,000 text messages a month or about 100 a day. It's a wonder the average American teen has time for school.

When the average American isn't throwing food out of the refrigerator, guzzling soda, unwrapping candy bars, working, sleeping, parked in front of the computer or yelling at his kid to quit texting, he is watching television. Nielsen Company says the average American watches 35 hours and 34 minutes of television a week. For adults over age 65 those average American numbers go up to 48 hours and 54 minutes per week, which is almost three hours more than the average American's work week.

With the New Year approaching a worth while goal might be to be a little less average.

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