I very much liked an excerpt from this article: “They say that we know when we are full. But actually, we eat with our eyes, not with our stomach. In one study, we blindfolded adults and asked them to rate “strawberry” yogurt, which was actually chocolate yogurt. Without the visual cue people accepted what they were told. Time and time again, our research found that people will eat regardless of whether they’re hungry: the bottomless soup bowl study (people ate more when the bowl remained full), the chicken wing study (people eat more when the chicken bones are removed from sight) and the buffet studies (people ate more simply because the food was there). Another myth is that our stomach will take about 20 minutes to tell our brain that we’re full. But that only applies when we are consciously aware of what we are eating, not when we are mindlessly eating cheesy nachos while watching March Madness.”
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This was the best site I could find to answer questions that avid skiers like myself might have….

http://www.intent.com/blog/2009/03/18/talk-and-die-six-questions-and-answers-about-natasha-richardsons-ski-accident

really glad I wear a ski helmet. omg, I just don’t understand you could fall in flat terrain and this could happen – even if you’re not wearing a helmet….

maybe she had a pre-existing condition…
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=98611

maybe this means helmets will become mandatory…even though helmets can’t really save you if you’re going too fast…
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/5007116/Natasha-Richardson-accident-Ski-helmets-may-become-mandatory.html

As that good first article says, “An average of 39.8 people die each year skiing or snowboarding, according to the National Ski Areas Association, the industry trade group. That means there are .88 fatalities per million days of skiing and snowboarding. On top of these deaths, the NSAA says there are 43.6 serious injuries every year.”