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Yandex Says Russians Big on Weight Loss Searches

Published: May 30, 2014 (Issue # 1813)



  • 2 million Russians search online for weight-loss related terms every week.
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Russian search engine Yandex says roughly 2 million Russians search online for weight-loss related terms every week.

The engine's most popular kilo-shedding search terms were "lose weight," "weight loss" and "lose kilos," with related searches focusing on diets, exercise and weight-loss medication, Yandex said in a blog post on its website.

Last year, preferred weight loss methods were rather less conventional, with searches for coal tablets and subliminal video messaging among the most popular searches, Yandex said.

Four percent of all weight loss searches include specific goals and time frames, with the most popular search for both male and female users being "10 kilograms in a week." The less ambitious "5 kilograms in a week" and "10 kilograms in 2 weeks," come in second and third place, respectively, Yandex said.

One out of every 80 weight-loss related searches includes the word "fast," the report said.

But not all Russians are equally concerned about their kilos, the report said. Yandex users near the Black Sea coastal regions of Rostov and Krasnodar in southern Russia were more likely to search for weight loss terms in April than city dwellers in Moscow and St. Petersburg, who were the least interested in slimming down.

Though 2 million weight loss searches a week might seem impressive, Russians' online searches for food recipes outnumber that amount four to one, Yandex reported.

Nearly one quarter of Russians are severely overweight, according to statistics from the 2013 United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization's State of Food and Agriculture.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Aug. 21


Time is running out to see the fantastic creations on display at the 2014 Sand Castle Festival on the beach at the Peter and Paul Fortress. Adhering to the theme of Treasure Island, visitors can wander amongst larger-than-life interpretations of pirate life or attend one of the workshops held to educate a future generation of sand artists. The castles will remain on the beach until Aug. 31.



Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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