Debunking the Biggest Weight Loss Myths

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Hearing myths regarding weight loss from everywhere? Let’s debunk them.

Some people appear prepared to do anything to reduce weight, from extreme juice cleanses to purported magic pills. Since weight loss is the consequence of constantly consuming fewer calories than you expend over time and making wise dietary decisions, experts claim that many of these fast-track methods are based on falsehoods.

One of the most prevalent weight reduction myths is that all you need to do to lose weight is exercise more. Exercise is essential for a healthy lifestyle, weight loss, and weight maintenance, but a change in nutrition must also accompany it.

The most prevalent myths regarding weight loss are debunked below by specialists in nutrition and exercise.

Myth: Whether they come from whole foods or processed ones, all calories are the same

 Your body does not metabolize all foods in the same way. Additionally, the digestion rate impacts fat storage, blood sugar increases, and insulin levels. Consider how 100 calories of cake are compared to 100 calories of veggies. Even though the cake’s calories are the same, carrots have more fiber and minerals and are created with unrefined carbohydrates.

This distinction is significant since the cake is quicker to be digested by your body, which floods your body with glucose, which can encourage fat storage by raising insulin and blood sugar levels. In contrast, carrots digest more gradually, lowering blood glucose levels. This keeps your blood sugar levels healthy and might help you feel fuller for longer, which may help you avoid overeating.

So even if 100 calories of cake and 100 calories of carrots have the same energy, one is unquestionably better for controlling weight than the other. According to experts, processed foods don’t give your brain the same satiety signals as unprocessed foods, making you more prone to bingeing and gaining weight.

Myth: Willpower is the Key to weight loss

 As humans, we were not meant to lose weight, and we have evolved to retain the weight we gain because holding onto fat helped our predecessors survive. It’s your chemistry, not your character if you are having trouble losing weight.

Yes, some people may be endowed with a faster metabolism than others, making it simpler to lose weight. But as we age, our metabolisms slow down, making it even harder to shed those pesky extra pounds.

Additionally, when individuals lose a significant amount of weight quickly, their bodies attempt to revert to the original “set point.” Further, it can alter their metabolism and increase their feelings of hunger. It was discovered that participants consumed an additional 100 calories for every two pounds lost.

Obesity is not some moral flaw; instead, the struggle of the bulge is a war against biology. I must emphasize that gaining weight is a typical, natural reaction to the excessive, artificial ubiquity of calorie-dense, sugary, and fatty foods.

According to a study, our genes may contribute to over 40% of overweight Americans and roughly 8% who are extremely obese. These factors include the easy availability of fast food, candy, and other unhealthy foods. What can you then do? To help you maintain your weight, experts recommend a plant-based diet. Get rid of processed food, and save desserts like cake and ice cream for special occasions.

Myth: It’s bad to eat carbs

The effectiveness of a lower-carb diet truly depends on the individual. According to our current information, some people might benefit from a low-carb diet while others might benefit from a low-fat diet. We know that various habits that put people in a calorie balance appeal to different people. The most important is to enjoy whatever you do enough to stick with it.

Compared to a diet substantial in processed foods, refined grains, and sugary beverages, a high-carb diet rich in sweet potatoes, winter squash, peas, maize, legumes, fruit, oats, wheat, quinoa, and high-protein foods like yogurt is healthier.

Myth: In the end, going on a diet is required if you truly want to reduce weight.

 A conscious, proactive plan to control your food intake is not evil. The issue is that we are overrun with various fads and schemes that are rarely beneficial and frequently cause us to give up, feeling like there is no purpose in trying anything.

In addition, even though many believe they may temporarily reduce weight by dieting, most end up gaining it back. Long-term adoption of a nutritious diet into your lifestyle is necessary for long-lasting outcomes. Permanent weight loss involves lasting dietary adjustments, and we need to adopt healthier behaviors as a way of life.

Let your loved ones know you’re attempting to make healthy food decisions to achieve this, and use their support to help hold you accountable. Keep a daily food log, watch your sleep and hydration, and get some exercise every day for at least 30 minutes. You see weight loss as a lifestyle decision.

Myth: One of the easiest methods to control your appetite is to eat smaller meals more frequently

 The basic idea behind this is that by spreading out your meals throughout the day, your blood glucose (or blood sugar level) will be more constant and won’t drop, which would otherwise induce a spike in hunger. However, assuming you consume the same number of calories, a study found that it is irrelevant whether you graze or gorge. The reverse of this misconception was also discovered in another study; eating more frequently and smaller meals made participants desire to eat more.

It does not necessarily imply that you should eat three meals a day. Eating in unconventional ways may be simpler for some people. It’s all right. Just don’t anticipate

Myth: Juice cleanses Will aid in weight loss

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Feel free to juice if you enjoy drinking the juice as a result. But you are cautioned against falling into promises of miraculously significant weight loss, and the drop you observe will frequently be “just water weight.”

Additionally, remember that juice often contains a lot of calories, so limiting your consumption to a modest amount is advisable. Juicing has additional health hazards, including electrolyte imbalance, dehydration as your bowels empty, and potentially kidney difficulties (juices made from foods such as spinach and beets, which are high in oxalate, a natural substance, can cause kidney problems).

Myth: Large, Long-term weight loss can be achieved with only minor, consistent changes in activity level

 This myth is similar to those that advise people to “use the stairs rather than the elevator” or “park far from the entrance to a store.” Although that’s not bad advice, it won’t lead to significant weight loss either. The urban legend states that an additional mile of daily walking will result in a 100-calorie burn. Walking one mile a day for five years should result in a 50-pound weight loss if they raise their daily caloric intake by precisely 3,500 calories. However, research indicates that when people follow this, they lose about 10 pounds over five years.

“Little alterations are significantly simpler to digest than large sweeping changes,” the saying goes. Not losing two pounds only to gain three again is crucial, and it’s important to remember that significant events like birthdays, holidays, or vacations can increase weight by two to five pounds. Over time, these extra pounds add up.

Myth: Small, steady weight loss is more enduring than large, abrupt loss

According to this misconception, losing one to two pounds per week is excellent, and rapid weight loss will result in eventual weight gain of all lost weight. Once more, the research reveals something very different.

Rapid weight loss frequently offers a lot of positive reinforcement and even enables people to feel better and start exercising with less weight, putting physical strain on them. “Yo-yo dieting, in which individuals regularly lose and gain weight, is not a healthy strategy for achieving long-term weight loss, nevertheless. And frequently, many food and lifestyle adjustments are necessary for a successful weight loss program, which may result in an initial quick weight loss.”

Myth: Opting for weight loss surgery is a shortcut.

 According to research, weight loss surgery is the best treatment for obese patients. Almost 80 to 85 percent of people who have the surgery lose weight and keep it off.

It’s simple to recall the experiences of friends and family who underwent weight-loss surgery but failed. However, most patients recover extremely well after this procedure, maintain their weight loss, and move on to better lives.

Myth: Surgical weight loss is hazardous

 Risks are present with any significant surgery, and our doctors go over safety procedures and risk factors to ensure that you feel protected and at ease before surgery. When patients commit to weight loss surgery, their health and quality of life improve significantly.

Some people believe that complications and deaths related to weight loss surgery are common. The procedure’s safety has significantly increased over the past ten years, so we rarely see the problems and complications that individuals may have heard about.

Myth: You can lose weight by using supplements.

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The market for diet pills is enormous. Numerous businesses assert that their supplements have remarkable impacts, yet studies often show that they aren’t very effective.

The placebo effect is mostly to blame for some people’s success with supplements. People are duped by the marketing strategies and want the pills to aid in weight loss, making them more aware of their eating habits. Nevertheless, some supplements have a negligible impact on weight loss, and the greatest ones can gradually let you lose a little weight over several months.

Myth: A large breakfast aids with weight loss

 According to studies, people who skip breakfast typically weigh more than those who do. But this is most likely because breakfast eaters are more inclined to follow other good lifestyle practices. In reality, a 4-month study comparing breakfast practices in 309 individuals found no difference in participants’ weight depending on whether they ate or skipped breakfast.

It’s a fallacy that eating breakfast increases metabolism and that having several small meals throughout the day causes you to burn more calories. Eat when you’re hungry and quit when you’re full for the best results. If you choose to have breakfast, don’t anticipate it to impact your weight significantly.

Myth: Fast food causes weight gain

 Fast food isn’t always bad for you. Many fast-food businesses have started to provide healthier options due to people’s growing health consciousness. Some restaurants, like Chipotle, even only serve nutritious cuisine. In most places, you can order something reasonably healthy. Most low-cost, fast food establishments frequently offer more beneficial variations of their standard menu items.

These foods might not meet the requirements of every health-conscious person, but they’re still a good option if you lack the energy or time to prepare a balanced dinner.

Conclusion

 If you attempt to lose weight, you may be familiar with many of the same myths. They’re difficult to escape in the Western culture, so that you might have even bought into some of them.

Of note, most of these misconceptions are untrue. The connection between food, your body, and your weight is far more complicated. Try learning about evidence-based dietary and lifestyle adjustments you can make if you’re interested in losing weight.

The development of a personalized weight loss plan can benefit from genetic analysis, as a large part of weight loss depends upon your genetic makeup. For instance, your genes may influence aspects like your appetite, how full you feel after eating, and how your body uses energy and burns calories.

DNA fitness tests can also show how your body reacts to particular drugs. Energy use, feeling of satiety, appetite, body composition, and stomach emptying can all be measured and assessed.

A DNA wellness test can determine if your body weight is expected to be below, above, or about average for your gender, height, age, and ethnicity-based on your genes. Remember that environmental factors like food and activity level also significantly impact your body weight. For more details, visit HealthCodes DNA.

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  3. Information related to our genetic testing services
  1. Saliva sample and bio-banking. To use our genetic testing services, you must purchase, or receive as a gift, a HealthCodes DNA wellness kit, register an online account, and ship your saliva sample to our third-party laboratory. Once received, your saliva sample will be identified by its unique barcode, along with your gender and your year of birth. The barcode label identifies you to us but not to our third-party laboratory. Your saliva samples and DNA are destroyed after the laboratory completes its work, unless the laboratory’s legal and regulatory requirements require it to maintain physical samples.
  2. Genetic Information. Genetic Information refers to features of your DNA that distinguish you from other people (e.g. the As, Ts, Cs, and Gs at particular locations in your genome) and is generated when we analyze and process your saliva sample, or when you otherwise contribute or access your Genetic Information through our Services. Genetic Information includes the HealthCodes DNA Results information reported to you as part of our Services, and may be used for other purposes, as outlined in Section 4 below.

 

  1. Information collected through tracking technology (e.g. from cookies and similar technologies)

Web Behavior Information. We and our third-party partners use cookies and similar technologies (such as web beacons, tags, scripts and device identifiers) to help us recognize you, customize and improve your experience, provide security, analyze usage of our Services (such as to analyze your interactions with the results, reports, and other features of the Service), gather demographic information about our user base, to offer our products and services to you, to monitor the success of marketing programs, and to serve targeted advertising on our site and on other sites around the Internet. We and our third-party partners do not use your sensitive information, such as Genetic Information and Self-Reported Information for targeted advertising. We may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by these companies on an individual as well as aggregated basis. Users can control the use of cookies at the individual browser level. If you reject cookies, you may still use our site, but your ability to use some features or areas of our site may be limited.

As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information may include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and/or clickstream data. We may combine this automatically collected log information with other information we collect about you, such as your user profile ID or order number. We do this to improve services we offer you, and to improve marketing, analytics, and site functionality.

When you access our Service by or through a mobile device, we may receive or collect and store a unique identification numbers associated with your device or our mobile application (including, for example, a UDID, Unique ID for Advertisers (“IDFA”), Google Ad ID, or Windows Advertising ID), mobile carrier, device type, model and manufacturer, mobile device operating system brand and model, phone number, and, depending on your mobile device settings, your geographical location data, including GPS coordinates (e.g. latitude and/or longitude) or similar information regarding the location of your mobile device.

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  1. Other Types of Information.

We are always working to enhance our Services with new products, applications and features that may result in the collection of new and different types of information. We will update our privacy statement, as needed.

  1. How we use and share information

HealthCodes DNA will use and share your personal information with third-parties only in the ways that are described in this privacy statement.

  1. Using information to provide, analyze and improve our Services

We use the information described above in Section 3 to operate, provide, analyze and improve our Services. These activities may include, among other things, using your information in a manner consistent with other commitments in this privacy statement, to:

  1. open your account, enable purchases and process payments, communicate with you, and implement your requests (e.g., referrals);
  2. host our website, run our mobile application(s), authenticate your visits, provide custom, personalized content and information, and track your usage of our Services;
  • conduct analytics to improve and enhance our Services;
  1. offer new products or services to you, including through emails, promotions or contests;
  2. implement online marketing campaigns and targeted advertising, including by utilizing third-party ads (subject to your cookie settings and preferences), and to measure the effectiveness of our marketing and targeted advertising;
  3. conduct surveys or polls, and obtain testimonials;
  • process and deliver your genetic testing results;
  • perform research & development activities, which may include, for example, conducting data analysis and research in order to develop new or improve existing products and services, and performing quality control activities.

You may be able to opt-in, opt-out or otherwise adjust your preferences of having your information used for certain of these activities. Please see below to learn more.

We use mobile analytics software to allow us to better understand the functionality of our Mobile Software on your phone. This software may record information such as how often you use the application, the events that occur within the application, aggregated usage, performance data, and where the application was downloaded from. We do not link the information we store within the analytics software to any personally identifiable information you submit within the mobile application.

  1. Using information with your consent

You have the choice to participate in HealthCodes DNA Research by providing your consent. “HealthCodes DNA Research” refers to research aimed at publication in peer-reviewed journals and other research funded by the federal government (such as the National Institutes of Health – NIH) conducted by HealthCodes DNA. HealthCodes DNA Research may be sponsored by, conducted on behalf of, or in collaboration with third-parties, such as non-profit foundations, academic institutions or pharmaceutical companies.  HealthCodes DNA Research may study a specific group or population, identify potential areas or targets for therapeutics development, conduct or support the development of drugs, diagnostics or devices to diagnose, predict or treat medical or other health conditions, work with public, private and/or non-profit entities on genetic research initiatives, or otherwise create, commercialize, and apply this new knowledge to improve health care. HealthCodes DNA Research uses your aggregate or individual-level Genetic Information and Self-Reported Information as specified in the Terms of Service.

Consent process for research. Your Genetic Information and Self-Reported Information may be used for HealthCodes DNA Research only if you have consented to this use by completing a Research Initiatives Consent Document. If you have completed a Research Initiatives Consent Document:

  1. Your aggregated, de-identified Genetic Information may be used for either philanthropic or commercial research purposes as set forth more fully the Research Initiatives Consent Document.
  2. When your Genetic Information and Self-Reported Informationis being used for research purposes, it will not be linked to your Registration Information.
  1. Withdrawing your Consent.You may withdraw your consent to participate in HealthCodes DNA Research Initiatives at any time by emailing us at support@healthcodesdna.com. HealthCodes DNA will not include your Genetic Information or Self-Reported Information in new research occurring after 30 days from the receipt of your request. Any research involving your data that has already been performed or published prior to our receipt of your request will not be reversed, undone, or withdrawn. If you withdraw your consent for research your Genetic Information and Self-Reported Information may still be used by us and shared with our third-party service providers to provide and improve our Services (as described in Section 4.a), and shared as Aggregate Information that does not identify you as an individual (as described in Section 4.d).
  2. What happens if you do NOT consent to HealthCodes DNA Research?If you do not complete a Research Initiatives Consent Document or any additional consent agreement with HealthCodes DNA, your information will not be used for HealthCodes DNA Research Initiatives and you will not be able to use HealthCodes DNA Services.
  1. Recruiting for external research

Academic institutions, healthcare organizations, and other groups are always conducting interesting new research projects. We want to make you aware of these opportunities. While we do not share individual-level Genetic Information or Self-Reported Information with third-parties without your consent, from time to time we may inform you of third-party research opportunities for which you may be eligible. For example, if a university tells us about a new cancer research project, we may send an email to HealthCodes DNA members who potentially fit the relevant eligibility criteria based on their Self-Reported Information to make them aware of the research project and provide a link to participate with the research organization conducting the study.

  1. Information we share with third-parties
  • General service providers.We share the information described above in Section 3 with our service providers, as necessary to provide their services to us. Service providers are third-parties (other companies or individuals) that help us to provide, analyze and improve our Services. For example, we work with third-party laboratories and contractors to process and analyze your saliva sample for purposes of generating your Genetic Information

NOTE: Our service providers act on HealthCodes DNA’s behalf. While we implement procedures and contractual terms to protect the confidentiality and security of your information, we cannot guarantee the confidentiality and security of your information due to the inherent risks associated with storing and transmitting data electronically.

When you purchase a testing kit and report from HealthCodes DNA, you are instructed to send a saliva sample to our third-party laboratory with a unique barcode label. The unique barcode identifies you to us but not to the laboratory. We may also be required to provide to the laboratory, your sex and date of birth or age pursuant to clinical laboratory requirements such as the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). No other Registration Information such as your name, address, email, phone number or other contact information) is required or provided to the laboratory. The receiving personnel at the laboratory will remove and discard your “sender information” from the packaging (e.g., name, address) before testing personnel receive the samples for processing. Receiving personnel do not perform testing, and testing personnel handle saliva samples that are labeled only with the unique barcode. DNA and saliva samples are destroyed after the laboratory completes its work, provided that laboratory legal and regulatory requirements no longer require the actual samples to be maintained. A de-identified copy of genotyping data may be kept in accordance with CLIA. The laboratory securely sends the resulting Genetic Information to our third party reporting company along with your unique barcode. Genetic Information is stored securely on our servers; the laboratory also stores your Genetic Information, but again, labeled only with the barcode.

  • “Targeted advertising” service providers.We may permit third-party advertising networks and providers to collect Web Behavior Information on our Service to help us to deliver targeted online advertisements (“ads”) to you. They use cookies and similar technologies (such as JavaScript, beacons, device identifiers, location data, and clear gifs) to compile information about your browser’s or device’s visits and usage patterns on our Services and on other websites over time, which helps to better personalize ads to match your interests, and to measure the effectiveness of ad campaigns.

If you wish to not have this information used for the purpose of serving you targeted ads, you may be able to opt-out of many advertising networks by visiting here and here (if you are located in Canada, click here; or if you are located in the European Union click here). Please note this does not mean that you have opted-out of being served advertising. You will continue to receive generic ads.

  • Aggregate information.We may share aggregate information with third-parties, which is any information that has been stripped of your Registration (e.g., your name and contact information) and aggregated with information of others so that you cannot reasonably be identified as an individual (“Aggregate Information”). This Aggregate Information is different from “individual-level” information. Individual-level Genetic Information or Self-Reported Information of data about a single individual’s genotypes, diseases or other traits/characteristics information. For example, Aggregate Information may include a statement that “30% of our female users share a particular genetic trait,” without providing any data or testing results specific to any individual user. We may provide such Aggregate Information in commercial arrangements with our business partners. In contrast, individual-level Genetic Information could reveal whether a specific user has a particular genetic trait, or all of the Genetic Information about that user. HealthCodes DNA will ask for your consent to share individual-level Genetic Information or Self-Reported Information with any third-party, other than our service providers as necessary for us to provide the Services to you.
  • Information we share with commonly owned entities.We may share some or all of your information with other companies under common ownership or control of HealthCodes DNA, which may include our subsidiaries, our corporate parent, or any other subsidiaries owned by our corporate parent in order to provide you better service and improve user experience. We may provide additional notice and ask for your consent if we wish to share your information with our commonly owned entities in a materially different way than discussed in this Privacy Statement.
  1. Disclosures required by law

Under certain circumstances your information may be subject to disclosure pursuant to judicial or other government subpoenas, warrants, or orders, or in coordination with regulatory authorities, we may be required to disclose personal data in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements. HealthCodes DNA will preserve and disclose any and all information to law enforcement agencies or others if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal or regulatory process (such as a judicial proceeding, court order, or government inquiry) or obligations that HealthCodes DNA may owe pursuant to ethical and other professional rules, laws, and regulations; (b) enforce the HealthCodes DNA Terms of Service and other policies; (c) respond to claims that any content violates the rights of third-parties; or (d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of HealthCodes DNA, its employees, its users, its clients, and the public.

NOTE: If you are participating in HealthCodes DNA Research, HealthCodes DNA will withhold disclosure of your personal information involved in such research in response to judicial or other government subpoenas, warrants or orders in accordance with any applicable Certificate of Confidentiality that HealthCodes DNA and/or any of its third party providers has obtained from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There are limits to what the Certificate of Confidentiality covers so please visit the Certificates of Confidentiality Kiosk ( https://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/coc/index.htm).

  1. Your choices
  2. Access to your account

If your Registration Information changes, you may access, correct or update most of it from your Account page. You may also modify and delete certain of your information. Please note that you may not be able to delete User Content that has been shared with others through the Service and that you may not be able to delete information that has been shared with third-parties, though we can work with you to prohibit your data from being shared with third-parties in the future. We will respond to your request to access within 30 days.

  1. Marketing communications

By registering for an account, you are agreeing that we may send you promotional emails about our Services. You can opt-out of such emails by clicking the “unsubscribe” button at the bottom of any of our or third-party promotional email communications. Please note that you may not opt-out of receiving non-promotional messages regarding your account, such as technical notices, purchase confirmations, or Service-related emails.

  1. Information you choose to share with others

You may decide to disclose your personal information to friends and/or family members, doctors or other health care professionals, and/or other individuals outside of our Services, including through third-party services such as social networks and third-party apps that connect to our website and mobile apps through our application programming interface (“API”). These third-parties may use your personal information differently than we do under this Privacy Statement. Please make such choices carefully and review the privacy policies of all other third-parties involved in the transaction. For example, if you have enabled a HealthCodes DNA sharing feature with another person who downloads a third-party app that uses our API, your information may also be obtained by that third-party app developer and, potentially, by other users of that third-party app.

In general, personal information, once shared or disclosed, can be difficult to contain or retrieve. HealthCodes DNA will have no responsibility or liability for any consequences that may result because you have released or shared personal information with others.

  1. Account closure

If you no longer wish to participate in our Services or no longer wish to have your personal information be used, you may close your account by sending a request to support@healthcodesdna.com. When closing an account, we remove all Genetic Information within your account (or profile) within thirty (30) days of our receipt of your request. As stated in any applicable Consent Document, however, Genetic Information and/or Self-Reported Information that you have previously provided and for which you have given consent to use in HealthCodes DNA Research cannot be removed from ongoing or completed studies that use the information. Our contracted genotyping laboratory may also retain your Genetic Information as required by local law and we may retain backup copies for a limited period of time pursuant to our data protection policies. In addition, we retain limited Registration Information related to your order history (e.g., name, contact, and transaction data) as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services, as well as for accounting, audit and compliance purposes.

  1. Important Information
  2. Security measures

HealthCodes DNA takes seriously the trust you place in us. To prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, to maintain data accuracy, and to ensure the appropriate use of information, HealthCodes DNA uses a range of physical, technical, and administrative measures to safeguard your Personal Information. In particular, all connections to and from our website and mobile application are encrypted using Extended Validation Secure Socket Layer (EV SSL) technology.

Please recognize that protecting your Personal Information is also your responsibility. We ask you to be responsible for safeguarding your password, secret questions and answers, and other authentication information you use to access our Services. You should not disclose your authentication information to any third-party and should immediately notify HealthCodes DNA of any unauthorized use of your password. HealthCodes DNA cannot secure Personal Information that you release on your own or that you request us to release.

Your information collected through the Service may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which HealthCodes DNA or its subsidiaries, affiliates or service providers maintain facilities and, therefore, your information may be subject to the laws of those other jurisdictions which may be different from the laws of your country of residence.

  1. Business transactions

In the event that HealthCodes DNA goes through a business transition such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, your information will likely be among the assets transferred. In such a case, your information would remain subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Statement.

  1. Linked websites

HealthCodes DNA provides links to third-party websites operated by organizations not affiliated with HealthCodes DNA. HealthCodes DNA does not disclose your information to organizations operating such linked third-party websites. HealthCodes DNA does not review or endorse, and is not responsible for, the privacy practices of these organizations. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of each and every website that you visit. This Privacy Statement applies solely to information collected by HealthCodes DNA.

  1. Children’s privacy

HealthCodes DNA is committed to protecting the privacy of children as well as adults. Neither HealthCodes DNA nor any of its Services are designed for, intended to attract, or directed toward children under the age of 18. A parent or guardian, however, may collect a saliva sample from, create an account for, and provide information related to, his or her child. The parent or guardian assumes full responsibility for ensuring that the information that he/she provides to HealthCodes DNA about his or her child is kept secure and that the information submitted is accurate.

  1. Changes to this Privacy Statement

Whenever this Privacy Statement is changed in a material way, a notice will be posted as part of this Privacy Statement and on our customers’ account login pages for 30 days. After 30 days the changes will become effective. In addition, all customers will receive an email with notification of the changes prior to the change becoming effective.

  1. Contact Information

If you have questions about this Privacy Statement, please email HealthCodes DNA at info@HealthCodesDNA.com.