The passionate and celebrity-obsessed readers of People take the magazine's annual superlative issues very seriously—like the protesting outside their Midtown offices in the name of Ryan Gosling kind of seriously. While someone once said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and everyone certainly has their own preference when it comes to physical attractiveness, there is still some validation in having "your" celebrity of choice catapulted to the top of the list. We have to believe it will be hard to argue against naming Beyoncé the year's Most Beautiful Woman, particularly when she delivered her own portfolio for fans and those in charge to enjoy. The lucky and powerful few that get to stare at pretty pictures all day long (for work!) shared the results from this year's Most Beautiful issue on Wednesday morning, by unveiling the cover with new mom Queen B on Today. Beyoncé looks lovely and effervescent in a white dress, which you can imagine is her wedding gown if you're still not over missing out on the 2008 ceremony. Way to go, Hov! In case people don't say that enough.

The issue hits newsstands this Friday, but we've been given an advance glimpse into the post-pregnancy world of our fair queen. Most of the quotables consist of Bey cooing over her little one, Blue Ivy, and explaining how being a mother has completed her life ("I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth") but there is the helpful tidbit about how about how its forced her back into pre-baby weight in just a few months. Despite giving birth in January, Bey is apparently on schedule—in more ways than one—for those comeback shows in Atlantic City next month. Consider this motivation for your own Memorial Day plans? Go ahead and try to hate her.

Scientists at North-West University discuss research in blood pressure.

Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week December 25, 2010 In this recently published article, scientists in Potchefstroom, South Africa conducted a study "To determine the relationship between body composition and selected markers of the metabolic syndrome in black adolescents. The group consisted of 232 adolescent boys and girls aged 15-19 y attending two secondary schools in a low socio-economic status area of Potchefstroom, South Africa." "Body mass (kg), stature (cm), and waist (WC) and hip circumferences were measured using standard methods. Body mass index and waist:hip ratio were calculated. Percentage body fat and lean body mass were measured by air displacement plethysmography. Fasting plasma insulin, fasting glucose, homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), systolic blood pressure (SBP), and diastolic blood pressure were measured. Children with a high body fat percentage (boys >20%, girls >25%) had significantly higher serum leptin concentration than children with normal body fat percentage (boys, P = 0.005; girls, P< 0.0001). Girls with a high body fat percentage also reported significantly higher SBP (P = 0.004), diastolic blood pressure (P = 0.03), plasma insulin (P = 0.004), and HOMA-IR (P = 0.004) than girls with normal body fat percentage. Body fat percentage had a significant positive association with HOMA-IR (P = 0.02) and SBP (P = 0.02), respectively. A significant positive correlation was also found between plasma leptin concentration and body mass index (P < 0.0001), WC (P < 0.0001), body fat percentage (P < 0.0001), and fat:height index (P < 0.001). A significant positive association was found between body fat percentage and both SBP and HOMA-IR, respectively," wrote A. Zeelie and colleagues, North-West University (see also Blood Pressure). here body fat percentage calculator site body fat percentage calculator

The researchers concluded: "Girls with a high body fat percentage had significantly higher BP, plasma insulin, and HOMA-IR than girls with normal body fat percentage, indicating risk of non-communicable diseases." Zeelie and colleagues published their study in Nutrition (The relationship between body composition and selected metabolic syndrome markers in black adolescents in South Africa: The PLAY study. Nutrition, 2010;26(11-12):1059-1064).

For more information, contact S.J. Moss, North West University, School Biokinet Recreat & Sport Science, Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Publisher contact information for the journal Nutrition is: Elsevier Science Inc., 360 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010-1710, USA.