When it comes to our health, it’s not always easy to know which habits WON’T hurt us and which ones will. So here’s what the latest research - from least risky to most risky:  

  • Health habit #1: Sitting on public toilet seat. Researchers from the University of Arizona say you’ve got nothing to worry about. Toilet seats tend to be the cleanest thing you’ll find in a public restroom. In fact, you’ll have a higher risk of health problems if you “hover” over the seat, because you may not empty your bladder completely. So, go ahead and sit. 

  • Health habit #2: You load your coffee with “extras," like sugar, cream, and a shot of hazelnut syrup. Nutrition expert Kelly Morrow says it’s no big deal if you do this occasionally. But if you do it everyday, it adds up. Just adding a dash of half-and-half and a pack of sugar to your daily coffee will add enough extra calories to pack on an extra five pounds in a year.

  • The next health habit: You eat lunch at your desk. Several new studies show that people who eat in front of a computer are more likely to overeat and gain weight. When you’re in front of the computer, you’re not paying attention to how much you’re eating, and you’re less likely to notice signals from your stomach saying “I’m full.” 

  • One last health habit: You text while you walk. It’s a lot more dangerous than it sounds! A study from the University of Washington proves it. They found that people who crossed busy intersections while texting were four times less likely to look both ways before crossing or to even stay in the crosswalk. In other words: Walking while texting is a recipe for becoming human “roadkill."