1. Think your fitness tracker is the key to weight loss? Sorry, but you're probably wrong.
According to a two-year study, strapping on your fitness tracker every morning isn't making much of a difference when it comes to weight loss. In fact, people who tracked their activity and caloric intake on a website lost more weight in two years than people who wore their fitness trackers every day. (JAMA)
2. The government is finally taking a stab at regulating the beauty and cosmetics industry. Today.
The issue? At present, only 11 ingredients are banned in personal care products in the United States, versus upward of 1,300 in Europe. The Personal Care Product Safety Act is being considered in today's hearing, which starts at 10 a.m. EST. It's livestreaming (!) here. [Chemical Watch]
3. Even with increased awareness of overprescription of antibiotics, hospitals haven't changed their behavior.
And the consequences are snowballing: Not only are bugs becoming antibiotic resistant, but some leaders from the United States General Assembly, who are meeting on the issue this week, see it as a potential social and economic threat. [TIME]
4. Tons of people are cutting out gluten but not necessarily for medical reasons.
A recent study found that while the number of people on a gluten-free diet tripled between 2009 and 2014, the rate of celiac disease has remained pretty consistent over this time period. The study's authors hypothesize that this is partially because people perceive gluten-free diets as being healthier. (Grub Street)
5. Pippa Middleton hasn't actually made all the recipes in her new cookbook.
Basically a tacit admission that she didn't create the heart-healthy recipes in Heartfelt, Middleton told the Daily Mail, "I have definitely done a good 80 percent of them." So, no guarantee on the quality of the recipes, but proceeds will benefit the British Heart Foundation, so there's that, at least. (Eater)
6. Scientists say that avoiding peanut butter isn't the answer.
A recent review of several studies says with "moderate" certainty that peanuts and eggs should be introduced to babies' diets around the four- to six-month mark to avoid an intolerance, which is earlier than previously recommended. (The Guardian)
7. There's an upside to having a nagging mother, according to science.
You might be more successful if your mom consistently pushed you to do your homework and build up your extracurriculars. This extra motivation increased girls' likelihood of graduating college, earning higher wages as an adult, and not getting pregnant as a teen. (MSN)