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Monday, July 16th, 2012
A new study has found that breastfeeding–even for just six months–not only can help new mothers lose weight after giving birth, but it can also help women keep weight off for decades. From MSNBC.com:
Researchers found that women who had children tended to have higher body mass indexes later in life than did women with no children; however, the researchers were able to associate every six months of breast-feeding with a 0.22 drop in BMIs among the women in their 50s and early 60s.
This translates to a 1 percent drop in BMIs for every six months of breast-feeding, the researchers said.
“We already know breast-feeding is best for babies, and this study adds to a growing body of evidence that the benefits extend to the mother as well, even 30 years after she’s given birth,” said study researcher Dr. Kirsty Bobrow, a researcher at the University of Oxford.
Image: Mother breastfeeding newborn, via Shutterstock.
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Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
The article in which mom Dara-Lynn Weiss writes about putting her 7-year-old daughter on a rigorous diet has garnered enough attention, outrage, and reaction that it will be expanded into a book, The Huffington Post reports. The article, which was featured in the April issue of Vogue magazine, chronicles Weiss’ decision that her daughter, Bea, needed to lose weight through a the child-focused “Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right” program founded by Dr. Joanna Dolgoff.
Few are debating whether Weiss was wrong to worry about Bea’s weight problem–the girl was reportedly in the 99th percentile for weight at 93 lbs and just under 4 and a half feet tall, and childhood obesity affects an estimated 17 percent of American kids and comes with health risks including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. And Dolgoff’s program, which is similar to Weight Watchers in its approach to healthy eating, has had much success and little controversy.
The firestorm around the article has more to do with the specific methodology Weiss employed, including publicly chastising Bea for making unhealthy food choices, withholding her dinner, and pouring a high-calorie Starbuck’s hot chocolate into the garbage in anger.
The book, MediaBistro.com reports, is tentatively titled “The Heavy.”
Image: Empty cake plate, via Shutterstock.
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Thursday, August 25th, 2011
In October, a children’s book called Maggie Goes on a Diet will be self-published by author Paul Kramer. The blurb describing the book on Amazon.com reads, “This book is about a 14 year old girl who goes on a diet and is transformed from being extremely overweight and insecure to a normal sized girl who becomes the school soccer star. Through time, exercise and hard work, Maggie becomes more and more confident and develops a positive self image.”
Amazon’s comment boards had more than 150 posts on the book, mostly decrying the notion of a diet-themed storybook listed as intended for children aged 4 to 8. “It takes so little to trigger eating disorders in children and teenagers and this could be such a huge trigger,” said one commenter.
Others welcomed the book as a potentially healthy message for children, with The Los Angeles Times calling it “the sensible way” to teach children about weight loss.
Laura Stampler, a columnist for The Huffington Post, wrote an opinion piece that draws on both obesity and eating disorder statistics in the US:
Teaching kids to make healthy lifestyle choices from an early age is a worthy endeavor (one that first lady Michelle Obama has taken on as her own), and childhood obesity is a serious public health issue nationwide. According to the CDC, approximately 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese in the United States, over triple the rate a generation ago.
But Maggie isn’t looking at an imagined reflection of herself dominating the soccer field. For this little girl, it’s all about the dress. The book is promoting skinny first, with a side of healthy slipped in later.
Just as childhood obesity is on the rise, eating disorder rates are climbing, and affecting younger and younger kids. Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported a 199 percent increase in the number of eating disorder-related hospitalizations for children under the age of 12 between 1999 and 2006. A 2011 study found that nearly one in 60 adolescents has anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder. Over half of little girls aged 3 to 6 think they are fat.
(image via: http://www.amazon.com/)
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Thursday, August 11th, 2011
A survey of more than 26,000 American mothers reveals that many moms feel overwhelmed in ways they usually don’t discuss in public. The “Mom Confessions” study was conducted by TODAY.com, the online home of the NBC morning program, and Parenting.com, the website of Parenting and Babytalk magazines.
Among the findings are “confessions” about secret desires to have “do-overs,” insecurities about the mothers’ weight, and candid admissions about how they judge other moms:
- If given the chance, 23% of moms would choose a different spouse/partner and 21% would have more children.
- Out of the moms who ever wished their child was the opposite sex, nearly two-thirds are moms of boys.
- Weight versus smarts: 45% of moms would choose to weigh 15 pounds less rather than add 15 points to their child’s IQ.
- Nearly 1 in 5 moms confessed to medicating their child to calm him/her down before a big trip — and nearly 1 in 12 do so on a regular night just for some peace and quiet.
- 49% have knowingly sent a sick child to daycare or school.
- More than 1 in 3 admits to judging moms of overweight kids.
- 43% judge moms who still breastfeed their toddlers.
According to TODAY Moms senior editor Rebecca Dube, “The revelations we uncovered in our survey should put a stake through the heart of the myth of the perfect mother. Moms everywhere are overwhelmed and they often feel like they’re the only ones — but our findings show that they’re not; everyone shares the same challenges.”
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