I think most Americans know that there is an epidemic of childhood obesity in this country. It's no wonder...if you walk in a grocery store, most of what's there is processed high fat foods with little nutritional value. When I was TTC I really examined my diet and started eating mostly fruits and vegetables (I did splurge every now and then - going out to dinner). But it made me realize how hard it is to eat healthy in this culture. I try so hard to feed my daughter healthy foods. It's very challenging since I can't force her to eat vegetables - but there are some she will eat. Anyway, I found this article about how many kids are already overweight by preschool. That's really scary - these kids are probably doomed to a lifetime of obesity and all that goes with it in terms of health and social problems:
Obese in Preschool (www.drgreene.com)
My daughter is only in the 10th percentile in weight and people always comment on how small she is. I'm beginning to realize that maybe these percentiles are skewed because so many toddlers are already overweight. We live in such a "bigger is better" culture. Maybe my daughter just looks small next to the kids who might be tipping the scales a bit.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
When I finally conceived my daughter, I didn't dare think about naming her (until the last minute) because I was afraid it would "jinx" my pregnancy. I found myself scrambling up until the time of my daughter's birth to come up with a name my husband and I could agree on.
Here is an article about baby names if you should find yourself in the same situation:
The Last Word on Last Names
The article doesn't give name suggestions, but it gives some points to consider when selecting a name.
Monday, September 14, 2009
I've heard conflicting reports on how much of a threat the swine flu is to our population. But when your pregnant, any type of illness can be doubly scary. Here is an article about the swine flu in pregnancy:
From the article:
Now a new study finds pregnant women are at least four times more likely to be hospitalized as other people with the virus.
Experts recommend pregnant women with flu-like symptoms seek treatment immediately and start Tamiflu before H1N1 is even confirmed. The U.S. already has 20 million doses of swine flu vaccine and hopes to begin vaccinations by October.
Read more about the swine flu here:
Friday, September 11, 2009
What could be better than Teflon coated cookware? Well, according to the article below, lots of things. Teflon may be harmful to your baby. Read more:
More Ways Teflon Can Harm Your Baby
From the Article:
PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid), also known as C8, is a key chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon and the protective coating that prevents grease stains on boxes and wrappers.
Preliminary findings of a study at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have linked the chemical to lower birth weights among newborns.
The study sampled the blood of 300 newborns and looked at their blood levels of a variety of fluorinated chemicals in relation to their birth weight, head circumference and other developmental markers.
The higher the level of exposure the infants had to PFOA, the lower their birth weight and head size.
Ninety-five percent of Americans, including children, have PFOA in their blood. PFOA has been classified as a "likely carcinogen," and previous studies have indicated that it can cause adverse effects in laboratory animals. However, it is not currently regulated by federal environmental laws.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
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