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Archive for July, 2011

Should Overweight Kids Be Taken Away From Their Parents?

Saturday, July 30th, 2011 by:

Is taking an overweight child away from his parents really going to give him a better life? According to a new study published in The Journal of The American Medical Association, the answer’s yes.

The study argues that inadequate or unskilled parental supervision can leave children vulnerable to negative environmental influences such as junk food marketing and lack of exercise. While this is true, does feeding your child an unhealthy diet really constitute the type of neglect that warrants state intervention? Is a foster home really the answer?

In my opinion, it’s just common sense to look at educating the parents and trying to intervene at a school level to help bring a healthier lifestyle to overweight children. Just re-reading the headline of this blog makes me cringe. It’s amazing to me that it’s even a suggestion that’s on the table.

Bond Baby Bond

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 by:

We all know breast milk is nutritious for baby, and some studies have even shown it can boost IQ and reduce the risk of SIDS. Now, new research from Yale University School of Medicine has found that breastfeeding increases the parent/infant bond.

The act of breastfeeding appears to release hormones that enhance maternal behavior. The study performed functional MRIs on mothers a month to four months after their babies were born. Mothers who breast fed had a greater brain response to their babies cries.