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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

In Choosing a Sperm Donor, a Roll of the Genetic Dice
In households across the country, children conceived with donated sperm are struggling with serious genetic conditions inherited from men they have never met.

Birth-Defect Risk Seen in Assisted Conception
An Australian survey of about 300,000 pregnancies, with more than 6,000 resulting from fertility treatments, found that treatment was associated with a 28 percent greater risk for birth defects.

Watching TV Linked to Poor Diet in Students
A national survey of more than 12,000 students in grades 5 to 10 has found that television viewing is associated not only with unhealthy snacking while watching, but also with unhealthy eating at all times.

Play Baseball Against a Girl? Arizona School Forfeits Game Instead
A Phoenix Catholic school, Our Lady of Sorrows, decided it would rather lose a baseball championship than play against a team with a girl.

First Lady Has Plan to Get Kids Involved in Sports
The first lady is partnering with the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Partnership for a Healthier America, U.S. Paralympics and numerous national governing bodies that have pledged their time and resources toward introducing young people to their sports over the course of the summer.

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupGene Tests Label Kids Sports Stars
Scientists have identified several genes that may play a role in determining strength, speed and other aspects of athletic performance.  Marketers have begun to sell genetic tests based on these findings online for up to $200. Some customers say the test results help them steer their children to appropriate sports. But skeptical doctors and ethicists say the tests are putting profit before science. [MSNBC]
Mom Guilt: 94 Percent of Us Have It.  Can We Ditch It for a Week?
BabyCenter declared last week “Guilt-Free Parenting Week. Guilt is the source of a campaign at Baby Center, which reports that 94 percent of moms surveyed feel parenting-related guilt. The challenge: live your life for a week with guilt-free parenting. [Today Moms]
Hot-to-Trot Ponies?  Dolls That Wax?  Toys Get Tarted Up
Toy manufacturers began following the marketing strategy “Kids Getting Older Younger” when they realized that toys marketed towards kids between the ages of 8 and 12 were attracting kids who were in the 3-year-old to 8-year-old age range because they wanted to emulate their older brothers and sisters. [Today Parenting]
Anesthesia For Kids Necessary, But Cognitive Danger?
An estimated 4 million children receive anesthesia every year, but little is known about their effects on the developing brain. A growing body of data from studies in animals suggests that these drugs could adversely affect neurologic, cognitive, and social development of neonates and young children. [Medical News Today]

Mexico Puts Its Children on a Diet
By all measures, and the obesity starts early. One in three children is overweight or obese, according to the government. So the nation’s health and education officials stepped in last year to limit what schools could sell at recess. [The New York Times]

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Would You Put Your “Fat” Baby On a Diet?

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Some parents would surprisingly say ‘yes,’ according to a new report from ABC’s Good Morning America. As Goodyblog noted in our Daily News Roundup on Tuesday, eating disorders among children under the age of 10 are on the rise. Sadly, America’s obsession with the notion that “thin is in” is being heavily projected onto even our youngest members of society—including those under a year old.

Dr. Jatinder Bhatia, who chairs the nutrition committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics, told GMA that many fat-fearing parents are projecting their own physical insecurities onto their small children: “I have seen parents putting their infant and 1 year old on diets because of history in one parent or another.” He recommends that, instead of putting an infant on a diet, parents breastfeed and and schedule regular visits with their child’s pediatrician in order to give babies a healthy start.

The GMA report goes on to mention one extreme couple in Seattle who went so far as to put laxatives in their infant daughter’s bottle in an effort to prevent her from gaining weight. They were eventually found guilty of starving the baby, and according to court documents, after the little girl was placed in foster care and was able to gain weight, her mother responded by crying, “Oh my God, she’s fat” and “I have a fat baby.” Proof, if you needed it, of Dr. Bhatia’s earlier point that a parent’s personal issues with weight can seriously affect and/or influence that person’s children.

For helpful information on weight and infancy, check out:

Smart Answers to Common Feeding Questions

Quiz: Baby Nutrition Test

Can a Baby Be Too Fat?

Your Guide to Baby’s Weight Gain

Where do you stand on this issue? Have you ever worried about your baby’s weight and/or would you go so far as to put your little one on a diet? 

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My Favorite “Healthy Choices” Site (I Refuse to Call it a Diet)

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Logo_smallUpdate: Well shoot. It looks like TDP is closed to new registrations (sorry! I’m always logged in so I didn’t see that message when you sign up.) The good news is that it looks like you can register at and get all of the Daily Plate’s features.

So I meant to blog about this awesome food-tracking site months ago but… well, I fell off the wagon. But I’m back to trying to make more healthy choices (fall resolution!), and I thought I’d share. There are a lot of calorie counting/diet tracking sites out there (believe me, I’ve tried them) but The Daily Plate is my favorite.  They have—literally—everything in their food database. Sign up for free and then start logging everything you eat, including how much water you’re drinking, and your excercise. They’ll store all your info (forever) so you can see exactly how you’re doing from any computer. You can get nifty charts showing your weight (eek) and your progress towards your goals. You can save meals you eat often so you don’t have to enter in each little bite everyday. It even tracks the nutrition info for
everything you eat, so you can see if you’re getting enough protein,
too much sugar, etc. Cool.

Now if this all sounds a little OCD and like a fair amount of work, well, it is. But I think eating what I want (er, mostly) and tracking calories is a far better long-term choice for me (rather than other kinds of "diets"), and this site makes it way easier than it would otherwise be.

Moral of the story: If you’re looking to make a little fall resolution yourself (and you’re crazy like me!) check out The Daily Plate. Once you get into the swing of it, it’s really do-able—and it’s so gratifying to see that 10 minutes I spend on the site each day pay off for my health.

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