Fitness Buzz: Yoga for the Overweight, Cheerios Under Fire, and More

Also: cutting your risk of type 2 diabetes, and checking your snack IQ


Here's a quick wrap-up of the latest fitness and diet buzz:

Yoga Classes for the Overweight

The New York Times reports that there's a new niche in the crowded yoga market: classes targeted at or limited to the overweight. These classes, with names like Buddha Body, MegaYoga, HeavyWeight Yoga, and Yoga for Round Bodies, are taught by instructors who are familiar with the exercise problems of the overweight and can help them get the most out of a class. Plus, the article says, these classes can be a haven for people not comfortable among the lithe bodies often found in regular yoga classes. Yoga classes are going from general to specific; earlier this year I wrote about yoga as a cross-training option for athletes.

Checking Your Snack IQ

Do you think you can identify whether some common snacks come in at under or over 200 calories? This quiz at FitSugar tests your ability to size up things like crackers and hummus and celery and peanut butter. Yogurt is also a great snack option; here's how Greek yogurt stacks up against the regular kind.

Cutting Your Diabetes Risk

You don't need a drug to cut your risk of type 2 diabetes by 90 percent, says DailySpark. The measures the blog recommends, including exercise, diet, and tobacco avoidance, aren't new. But the message always bears repeating: Lifestyle really does matter. Read why prevention is really the only hope of making a significant dent in the nation's diabetes problem.

Say It Ain ' t So, Cheerios!

The Food and Drug Administration is taking aim at Cheerios, Daily Bread reports. The agency's beef is with General Mills' claim that Cheerios can lower blood cholesterol by 4 percent in 6 weeks. That kind of disease-curing campaign is reserved for drugs, government rules hold. Food label claims are terribly confusing. Here are 8 changes nutritionists want on food labels. Also, consider these 7 must-dos before you buy a functional food.