HOW Many Philadelphians Lie About Their Weight?! And More from Our Reader Poll

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More then 500 readers spilled their guts on their health and fitness habits—how they eat, sleep, sweat, diet and more—for this year’s issue of Be Well Philly print. And thanks to all of you who took the time to dish on even the most intimate of daily habits, we learned a ton about the average Philadelphian (that’s the AP to you), from what foods they can’t stop craving, to how often they work out, to whether or not they shop organic. And we put all that info into the sweet infographic below. So, how do you stack up?

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We’re in Trouble, Philly: Sandwich Eaters Consume Excessive Calories, Sodium

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I’m sure this happens to you. Whenever non-Philadelphians ask me where I live and tell them I live in Philly, their first response is something like, “Oooh, do you just love cheesesteaks, then?” Occasionally I’ll get a question about a hoagie or a roast pork sandwich, or even about whether or not I get my bread exclusively from Sarcone’s (the answer is no). But what all of these queries point to is the same underlying thread: that Philly is undeniably a sandwich town. And according to a new study, that’s not such a good thing.

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The Five Smells That Predict Your Death

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I have some gardening cleanup to do this week, including clearing out a patch of wild mint. For once, I won’t mind the chore, because at least I’ll know I’m not going to die in the next five years. Mint, you see—specifically peppermint—was one of five odors a team of researchers recently tested to see if the loss of the sense of smell could predict death. And OMG, it totally did.

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