Parents Beware: Teens and Inflated Body Image Expectations Increase Dangerous Trends

Everyone knows that being a teenager is no walk in the park, but teens today face even more pressure to be perfect than ever before. With social media outlets always challenging teens and preteens to get the most ‘likes’ and followers online, image is what most teens focus on the most when it comes to their attributes. This has led to an alarming increase in laxative or muscle-building substance abuse among male and female teens alike to try to obtain that ‘perfect’ body.

A study on laxative use showed that nearly 11% of women ages 23 to 25 had tried laxatives to use weight, while 12% of young men reported using muscle-enhancing products to gain bulk. This alarming trend is a caution to parents to educate their children about the dangers of doing harmful things to their bodies in the name of image, and an excellent opportunity for them to teach their kids how exercise and eating healthy can make a true difference in how teens feel about themselves.

Unfortunately, the misconception that taking laxatives or muscle-enhancing products will change the body is all teens can focus on. They fail to realize that they are attempting to alter their bodies in ways that are not natural or healthy. If a parent notices their child becoming withdrawn or showing outward signs of weight loss or gain, they should take them to their pediatrician for an examination to ensure they are growing as they should.

Maintaining A Healthy Weight For Your Kids

As parents, it’s vital that you care for your children and their health. The truth is that many people will forget about the things their kids eat thinking that there is no need to watch over their health. The most important thing to remember is that your kids must not eat a whole lot of food, and research shows that binge eating is very common among many kids. Binge eating has been considered to be something that many people have noticed in kids, and even kids as young as five years of age have been caught dealing with binge eating.

Oftentimes, this issue is caused by depression and obesity, and this is why getting kids active is the way to keeping them healthy. When a child is exercising and doing anything physical, it gets their mind and body pumping, minimizing and oftentimes eliminating the possible chances of experiencing depression or other scary feelings. It is best to also remember the importance of simply taking care of what they eat to avoid dealing with serious obesity.

Multiple studies have been done in the past about kids and obesity, alongside the world of most issues in regards to current issues in bing eating. As parents, it’s important to take ahold of their issues with food and protect them from overeating and lacking exercise. Simply being aware of what they eat can make a world of difference to their health. It’s all about protecting your health and also helping your kids stay healthy every single day.

Childhood Obesity Can Have Immediate Consequences, Studies State

While being overweight during childhood is serious in that it often leads to obesity in adulthood, it’s also harmful during the childhood years as well. Two new Danish studies which highlight this fact once again have been released, and it’s a sobering reminder to parents to make sure their child is maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Adult obesity is known to be linked to many harmful conditions, and now childhood obesity has been shown to increase the risk of many harmful conditions, including colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, knee and hip pain, and strokes during early adulthood.

This doesn’t even address the fact that being overweight during childhood can contribute to a low self-esteem and poor habits. Insults and bullying from other kids may even lead to weight gain.

Excess weight gain is most typical around the ages of five and six, as well as during adolescence. Birth weight, race, and economic statues don’t seem to play into the picture at all, but early childhood weight gain does. While many parents assume that their kids will eventually “grow into” their weight, this typically doesn’t happen. If anything, most children end up gaining more weight. A 2014 study found that “overweight 5-year-olds were four times as likely as normal-weight children to become obese by age 14”, and 80% of overweight kids between the ages of ten and thirteen will likely be overweight as adults, too.

Dr. Daniels, of the University of Colorado, encourages parents to “limit high-calorie-dense foods, keep sugar-sweetened beverages out of the house and assure that kids eat the right amount of fruits and vegetables and fewer calorie-dense snacks.” He also emphasized the need for physical exercise, and warned against excess TV watching.

Keep Your Kids Cool & Healthy with These Summer Treats!

Summer is here, and with it comes long days, sunshine, and kids playing in the backyard instead of sitting behind their desks at school. With all of that playing, they can sure work up an appetite. Anyone can grab a handful of goldfish or some fruit snacks, but why not take an extra minute or two to plan some nutritious snacks that will also help your kids keep cool during hot summer days!
Almost all kids like fruit, and even just out of the refrigerator, it can be refreshing. But many fruits taste great and feel like an extra treat if they spend some time in the freezer before serving. Blueberries, watermelon, even grapes are great frozen. Check out these ideas and some other great summer treats, check out this article on Food Network’s homepage.
Since you are keeping fresh fruit at the ready, make sure you also have a good blender on hand for smoothies. Banana and strawberries are always a hit, but you and your kids can dream up tons of combinations so you won’t get bored all summer. Don’t forget to try some of the more uncommon fruits like mango for a new taste! Add a dollop or two of Greek yogurt from some protein and a little bit of honey to satisfy a sweet tooth, and you have the perfect summer snack or even quick breakfast on your way to the pool!

Building Better Immune Systems One Day Care at a Time.

Sending children to day care can often cause parents a large amount of stress. If germ exposure was a big item on the list of things to worry about, parents can now cross it out. A new study conducted by researchers in the Netherlands and published in the Journal of Pediatrics has found that being around sickness in the day care has benefits. You can see some of the benefits described here.
The Researchers followed a large group of children over the first six years of their lives and looked at how often doctors diagnosed acute gastroenteritis. They found that 1,344 out of the total 2,220 children they studied attended day care during the first year of life. While having children in day care as an infant increased their risk of having the dreaded stomach bug in the first year of life, they discovered it then had a protective effect after that. A study released in 2014 found the same pattern in ear and respiratory infections.
During that first year of day care as one germ after another finds its way through the front door, parents may feel overwhelmed. Dr. Timothy Shope, an associate professor of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh encourages parents to remember that “they’re making an investment for the future, their child is less likely to be ill going into kindergarten when other children raised with less contact are more likely to be ill”

Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner, but Don’t be Afraid to Put Them in the Crib

For most parents, bedtime is a joyful occasion. Knowing their children are safely and peacefully snuggled in bed, it’s the time that parents can figuratively “clock-out” and take some time to unwind. When a young baby is in the picture, it is often a different story. Babies are notorious for waging anti-sleep campaigns while parents helplessly try and sooth them despite their own extreme exhaustion. For parents who feel guilty letting baby cry, a new research study suggests that it may be time to give that method a try. Your text to link…
The study published in the journal Pediatrics focused on 43 infants described by their parents as having sleep problems but being otherwise healthy. The parents were told to try two different methods that involved allowing the child to cry for short periods of time called graduated extinction and bedtime fading. Researchers found that both of the sleep techniques decreased the time it took children to fall asleep and graduated extinction even helped to reduce night wakings. The researchers did not find any negative emotional impact.
The first author on the study Wendy Middlemiss, an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of North, cautioned parents that “you have to be responsive. You can’t let them cry for long periods of time”.
The researchers agree that while the sleep training techniques used may not be for everyone, this study will help alleviate guilt for exhausted parents who may decide to give them a try.

Are Daily Vitamins Necessary For Your Health?

Vitamins play an important role in our health and can be found in the foods that we eat daily. However, what happens if we don’t eat a balanced diet. There are 13 essential vitamins the body needs, but scientist doesn’t seem to know how much we truly need on a daily basis.
Plenty of books have been written on vitamins and their role in the body. Just recently, Cathrine Price released her paperback book called “Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food. In her book, she explains some common misconceptions about vitamins. Ms. Price is a science journalist and wrote this book because she was curious about how vitamins in our food interact with our body.
Vitamins have often been thought as “superfoods” but vitamins are not food. A vitamin is a pill or dietary supplement that usually contains all the essential vitamins. However, these essential vitamins are found in foods. Many foods in the American diet are fortified with vitamins and other supplements. If a person eats a well-balanced diet, a daily vitamin may not be necessary. People who seem to benefit from this type of dietary supplement are people that have restricted diets or health issues.
Essential vitamins are necessary for everyone, but Ms. Price seems to believe the vitamin requirement is different for everyone. Until more research is done on the recommendations, it might be best get your essential vitamins through a balanced diet.

Global Running Day for Adults and Kids

The organizers of Global Running Day are also running a campaign to get kids to join in on the day as well. They are running the Million Kid Run campaign hoping to get a million kids to sign up to run on June 1st this year, which is also Global Running Day. The hope is to get kids more involved in a safe physical activity and to make that activity a part of their daily lives.

Parents are encouraged to make the activity a fun one for their kids, after all, if it feels like a chore they are not going to want to participate. It is also important that both kids and parents have the proper foot attire and take any foot, knee, or leg injuries seriously.

It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that children or teens do not run
full marathons. Many marathons will have an age restriction on them anyway and it is recommended that parents follow those rules. Physical activity has been shown to decrease depression and anxiety in children, as well as build their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. It also helps to give them a sense of community while staying fit and active.

For more information, or to pledge to run for the Million Kid Run, check out the full article on The New York Times Online.

Keep Your Family Safe This Summer

There was a report
last week that a 49 year old Pennsylvania woman was the first person in the U.S. with a bacterial infection that could not be treated by Colistin, an antibiotic of last resort. This raised alarm in public health officials and infectious disease experts who had been warning that indiscriminate overuse of antibiotics would someday make them ineffective against bacteria that have become resistant to the antibiotics now in use.

The E. coli bacteria carried by the woman contained a gene that is resistant to Colistan, a last resort antibiotic used for the most dangerous “nightmare bacteria” that could kill 50 percent of infected patients. The worry is that this gene can spread to other bacteria, resulting in superbugs causing untreatable infections.

Pharmaceutical companies had not been doing the research and development of new antibiotics because of low returns. However, two recent events show that this problem is finally being addressed. In January, 2016, a Declaration on Combating Antimicrobial Resistance
was signed by 85 international pharmaceutical and research companies declaring support of efforts to prevent drug-resistant infections. Last year, Congress approved the additional funding of federal agencies engaged in this fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

How can the average person join this fight? One way is to maintain a healthy life style. Another is to be informed about antibiotics and their proper use. For example, respiratory illnesses caused by viruses are not treatable with antibiotics. And always wash hands and cook meat thoroughly.

Can a Brain Infection Cause Alzheimer’s disease?

Recently, researchers at Harvard have come up with a hypothesis that Alzheimer’s disease could be caused by an infection. They are suggesting this may happen because of a leaky brain barrier leak. Supposedly as people age, the brain barrier gets weaker. When a person gets an infection, it crosses over into the brain and leaves behind plaque. The plaque that’s left behind is a tell-tale sign of Alzheimer’s disease.
The researchers from Harvard have already been doing studies to confirm part of their hypothesis. They have been conducting studies in Petri dishes, mice, fruit flies, and roundworm. A study done with mice revealed that Salmonella bacteria would cause plaques in the brain of the mice. Since this study verified that a bacteria could cause plaques, researchers want to continue their next phase of studies by examining the human brain. The current studies on animals were funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. These studies are critical in helping find a cure for Alzheimer’s.
Besides this theory, the Harvard investigators think there is more to Alzheimer’s than just a brain barrier leak. Some Alzheimer’s patients have a mutated gene that will cause this disease while other patients have been found to have high levels of antibodies to herpes and developed Alzheimer’s later in life. Alzheimer’s disease seems to have more than one possible cause however; researchers at Harvard believe the brain barrier hypothesis needs to be further researched.