January 31, 2012

Unhappy Babies Grow Up...And Out

1 Mother-Toddler Bond Can Effect Teen Weight

According to an analysis of U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development data conducted by Ohio State University researchers, children who had poor emotional relationships with their mothers as toddlers are twice as likely to be obese in their teen years as peers who bonded closely with their mothers early on. The data, representing families across nine states, showed that some 26 percent of the poor-relationship toddlers were obese by age 15, compared to 13 percent of the close-relationship toddlers. Authors of the study speculated that poor toddler-mother bonds might leave the child more vulnerable to stress, and to emotional eating, and that improving those bonds could be effective in reducing childhood obesity. The study appears in the January issue of Pediatrics.

More at Womenshealth.gov | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Ohio State University, Teenage Obesity, U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Childhood Relationships, Mother-Toddler Relationships, Toddler Bonding, Emotional Eating

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Eat Less, Weigh Less

2 Calorie Intake Counts Most in Weight Loss

Eating fewer calories counts more towards weight loss than the proportion of protein, fat and carbohydrates in food, finds a new study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers asked volunteers to eat diets that differed in the proportions of fat (40% vs 20%), carbs (35% vs 65%) and proteins (25% vs 15%) and found that adherence to the diet - any diet - is the major predictor for weight loss. The study also found that it was difficult for people to stay on diets, especially those with extremes of one or another dietary components such as low carbs or low fats. Weight loss became a reality for those who remained on any of the diets for 6 months, but many who lost weight regained some of it after 2 years. Conclusion? Eat less to weigh less - and stick with it.

More at FoodPolitics.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Food Boredom Helps with Weight Loss

Tags: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Calorie Consumption, Calories, Dieting, low-carb diets, Weight Loss, Low-Fat Diets

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Men Might Pose Park

3 Women Are Better at Parking Than Men

Sorry men, but researchers in the UK have confirmed that women are better at parking cars. The NCP Parking report ranked and surveyed 2,500 drivers on topics like locating a parking spot, timing to park and positioning within the chosen parking spot. According to Huffington Post, women took a few seconds longer to park, but their patience paid off since they were judged to have parked more centrally within the space. Researchers say that women were more likely to reposition a car ("the female shuffle") if they weren't properly aligned to park, but fewer men bothered with that. Also, men were more likely to attempt "pose parking" when females were in a car. For example, men would attempt parking in a smaller space even when a larger one was available.

More at Huffington Post | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Sanitize Hands After Pumping Gas

Tags: Women Better Parking, Women Drivers Not Bad, NCP Parking Report, Female Shuffle, Pose Parking, Women Parking Habits

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Got Milk?

4 Milk Drinkers Score Higher on Memory Tests

New research has found that those who drink at least one glass of milk every day score higher on memory and brain function tests. Researchers with the University of Maine put 900 men and women through a series of tests that evaluated eight different measures of mental performance including visual-spatial, verbal, and working memory. They found that those who had the highest intake of the dairy beverage were five times less likely to fail compared to those who did not partake. An 8-ounce glass contains key nutrients for health, including calcium and vitamin D. Vitamin D in particular has been shown to keep older adults mentally agile. Milk drinkers may also have a more healthful lifestyle overall, which decreases the risk of mental decline.

More at Nutrition Horizon | Hat tip to Emaxhealth | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Milk Is Main Source of Vitamin D

Tags: Brain Health, Cognitive Function, Dairy, Milk, Vitamin D

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