Family – RateMDs Health News https://www.ratemds.com/blog Doctors You Can Trust Tue, 12 Feb 2019 09:00:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Incredibly, Larger Families Have Been Found to Have Less Cancer https://www.ratemds.com/blog/incredibly-larger-families-have-been-found-to-have-less-cancer/ Tue, 06 Nov 2018 09:00:37 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=183284 If you’re not in one, these families may baffle you. How do they go on road trips??  Does the family own a bus, or a car? What about a simple night out for dinner? I mean really- how much toilet paper does a group like that go through in one week, and what do Dad and Mom do for a living, own Walmart?? How the heck does one support so many little rabbits? And finally, how do they all seem to live so long? OK, not everyone in a large family enjoys extreme longevity. But if you’ve noticed these groups

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If you’re not in one, these families may baffle you. How do they go on road trips??  Does the family own a bus, or a car? What about a simple night out for dinner?

I mean really- how much toilet paper does a group like that go through in one week, and what do Dad and Mom do for a living, own Walmart?? How the heck does one support so many little rabbits?

And finally, how do they all seem to live so long?

OK, not everyone in a large family enjoys extreme longevity. But if you’ve noticed these groups seem to fare better than average families, you’re onto something.

Get this: researchers from the University of Zurich have found that the larger your family, the greater protection you’ll experience against cancer.

The evidence shows that this anti-cancer fact is stronger for men than women.

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Even though women who have many pregnancies have been shown to experience lower rates of breast and ovarian cancer, the results seem to hold true.

Larger families are less likely to experience brain, bladder, lung, stomach, breast, ovarian, colorectal and cervical cancers, as well as melanoma.

The data is strong. Researchers analyzed data from 178 countries in the study, and found that the results were consistent independent of income, levels of urbanization and age.

Why do experts think the key to survival lies in large numbers?

“Family life,” the researchers commented, “though it can be stressful in some ways, creates a special emotional environment which can have a positive effect on the overall resistance to diseases-and thus also protects family members from developing cancer”.

More specifics weren’t provided. It was suggested thought that collaborative parenting, where both parents readily participate, is a supportive family trait that can go a long way towards good health.

So, keep changing those diapers, dad. Thank you, and it’ll only do you good.

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Parents: Keep an Eye Out for ‘Toxic Slime’ https://www.ratemds.com/blog/parents-keep-eye-toxic-slime/ Thu, 23 Aug 2018 09:00:59 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182384 Parents should be on the lookout for potentially toxic levels of chemicals in today’s popular slime toys for children. The consumer group Which? tested 11 popular products on the market, and discovered eight of them that had high levels of boron. The chemical is an element in borax, which is commonly used in slime products to create that stickiness. Exposure to excessive levels of boron can lead to irritation, diarrhea, vomiting, and cramps. Which? director of research Nikki Stopford said: “If you have school-age kids, you’re probably very well aware of the latest slime craze sweeping the playgrounds. Kids love

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Parents should be on the lookout for potentially toxic levels of chemicals in today’s popular slime toys for children.

The consumer group Which? tested 11 popular products on the market, and discovered eight of them that had high levels of boron. The chemical is an element in borax, which is commonly used in slime products to create that stickiness.

Exposure to excessive levels of boron can lead to irritation, diarrhea, vomiting, and cramps.

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Which? director of research Nikki Stopford said: “If you have school-age kids, you’re probably very well aware of the latest slime craze sweeping the playgrounds. Kids love it.

“Parents buying slime for their children should have peace of mind that these toys are safe, so they will be shocked to find that the health of their children could be put at risk by these slimes.

“There must be fundamental changes to the product safety system.

“Manufacturers must stop making unsafe products and the government and retailers simply have to do a far better job of getting anything identified as a risk off the shelves and out of people’s homes”.

Related: Hey, Pizza Lovers: Your Pizza Delivery Box is Toxic

The products found with above the recommended 300mg/kg level of boron:

  • Jupiter Juice (pink) by Toysmith
  • Fluffy Slime (pink) by CCINEE
  • Crystal Slime Magic Clay (pink) by Cosoro Dodolu
  • Mini Bucket Putty (green) by Baker Ross
  • Slime Toy (purple) by iBase Toy
  • Fluffy Slime (blue) by LOYO
  • Brezeh Free Slime Toy (orange) by Brezeh
  • My Fluffy Slime (green) by Virtuotrade

All of them are available through Amazon.

And if you’re thinking of just making your own homebrewed slime, you should be extra cautious: common ingredients for slime, like lens solution still contains borax, plus most slime recipes don’t list the quantities that are deemed safe for kid-friendly slime.

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Meal Prep Like a Pro: Tips from Blue Apron’s Head Chef https://www.ratemds.com/blog/meal-prep-like-pro-tips-blue-aprons-head-chef/ Sun, 06 May 2018 09:00:27 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=180767 After 13 years of cooking in restaurants, Jonathan Adler came to the realization he needed a change in his life. Being the father of a toddler – who’s now four, and has since been joined by another little brother – he needed to pace his workday differently. One that didn’t end in the wee hours of the night. Today, Adler is the culinary director of Blue Apron, spending his days thinking about home cooks, what they need to find success, and how they can prepare meals quickly with the meal components he creates. Since he spends most of his time

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After 13 years of cooking in restaurants, Jonathan Adler came to the realization he needed a change in his life.

Being the father of a toddler – who’s now four, and has since been joined by another little brother – he needed to pace his workday differently. One that didn’t end in the wee hours of the night.

Today, Adler is the culinary director of Blue Apron, spending his days thinking about home cooks, what they need to find success, and how they can prepare meals quickly with the meal components he creates.

Since he spends most of his time considering the barriers home cooks are challenged with, Health.com asked for his best time-saving tips for home chefs, his thoughts on feeding kids without going crazy, and overcoming the biggest obstacles home cooks face.

When you decided to leave your restaurants, what did you need to change?

You just have to shift your mindset: away from cooking everything that comes to you from a creative space, [and towards] foods that you want to teach people how to cook and that you think they’ll enjoy cooking.

Did any home cooks’ preferences surprise you?

I don’t make mashed potatoes very often. I make potato puree, which is a refined technique. Rarely, maybe once a year, do I make mashed potatoes. I’m generally more of a potato salad person. But people really like making mashed potatoes. They’re comfortable, they’re easy to execute, they’re hearty. … Just because I didn’t do it as a chef doesn’t discount it. … People really appreciate repetition because they can see improvement and personal growth. … A cook who cooks the same dish over and over becomes a master at that.

What’s the longest cooking time home chefs are able to tolerate?

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I think everybody wants to be eating in under an hour. Ninety-nine point nine percent of our meals are targeted under an hour. We try to offer a menu portfolio that offers a variety—some of which are really fast.

What seems to be the biggest barrier for home cooks? Hands-on time? Total time?

It’s a variety of things; hands-on time for families. The image in my head is a parent who wants to help their kid with homework or an assigned project, but can’t do that till later because they have to be active in the kitchen the whole time. [Ideally, it’s] “Give me ten minutes, I’m gonna set a 25-minute timer, then I can come help you.”

In that person’s case, it’s hands-on time. For someone else, it’s “I wish dinner was faster; I get home late at night.” Prep is a pain point. For other people, it’s “I haven’t seen my wife all day, I get home, I cook: I don’t want to spend 30 minutes on cooking.”

Related: 5 Healthy Foods that Cost $1 or Less

The pain points are always going to be different. People who find prep to be a pain point, I recommend trying to prep as many things as you can in advance. Not alliums, such as garlic, ginger and onions, because those things oxidize. [But] as soon as the Blue Apron box gets in the house I clean all the leafy greens and store them in breathable bags. The day I want to use them, I take them out.

I don’t use prep bowls, I just make a pile of everything on a dinner plate. I use a spoon, and spatula, and push [ingredients] off the plate on to the pan. It’s one thing [to clean] as opposed to 6 or 7 bowls of individual ingredients. You can probably cook parts of our recipes in advance if that’s something you want to do. Pain points are always about time.

Interview quotes courtesy Health.com.

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5 Best Summer Sports to Get Your Kids Moving and Off the Couch https://www.ratemds.com/blog/5-best-summer-sports-to-get-your-kids-in-shape-and-off-the-couch/ Sat, 05 May 2018 09:00:39 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=180723 Getting your kids in shape can be easy, as long as you’re consistent. Let’s face it: many of today’s kids need more exercise. With busy schedules and tired parents giving priority to screen time over hours spent outside playing tag, it’s a common concern. But exactly how bad is the situation? According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s, and in 2015-2016, almost 1 in 5 school aged children aged 6-19 was obese. The answer isn’t complicated. A few tweaks and simple changes to diet and exercise can do the trick and take pounds off.

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Getting your kids in shape can be easy, as long as you’re consistent.

Let’s face it: many of today’s kids need more exercise. With busy schedules and tired parents giving priority to screen time over hours spent outside playing tag, it’s a common concern.

But exactly how bad is the situation? According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s, and in 2015-2016, almost 1 in 5 school aged children aged 6-19 was obese.

The answer isn’t complicated. A few tweaks and simple changes to diet and exercise can do the trick and take pounds off. Incorporating just a few new activities in a daily routine can result in big changes.

What can you do this summer to change habits for good? Here are 5 ideas to get kids off the couch and back into active play.

1) Biking

 Kids don’t have to take up training for the Tour de France to get active on a bike. (Although, go for gold if they want to, by all means!)

Trusting your older child to ride around safely in the neighborhood is a must. Teach them safe riding rules, like obeying stop signs, looking out for traffic and riding on the sidewalk when they feel the need to.

Related: Pass the Milk, Please: Here’s How Breakfast at School Benefits All Kids

Have them pair up with a friend and go buy new bikes together. Or used bikes found online. Make it an event. Have them choose a helmet they like, a bell or horn, and any other accessories that might make riding fun. Get them a new t-shirt, and celebrate their first ride of the season.

For older children, find out local riding routes or trails near home by looking them up online.

2) Swimming

Swimming is the perfect activity for summer. If there’s a pool nearby, figure out the fun swim schedule and go as a family, or let your child go with friends. Since you don’t sweat in a pool as you do with other sports, you might not see immediate weight loss in your child, but as long as they’re diving, jumping and moving in the water, their system is benefiting and growing stronger.

3) Walking

This might sound like a silly suggestion as a ‘sport’ for kids. It doesn’t involve equipment or much skill. But walking is a great way to get in shape, and one of the best ways to take off extra weight, slowly.

Go for a long, (over 30 mins), walk each evening after dinner, and see results. The key is to stick with it.

4) Ball Sports

It can feel too hot in the summer to hit the courts, but ball sports are an especially good way of getting in shape. For those who love the strategy of the game, it’s a thrill.

Choose a sport like soccer or basketball that involves a lot of running. (Sorry baseball fans- yours is a wonderful sport, but it doesn’t always offer enough aerobic exercise).

Sign up for a local team, or start your own Meet-Up with like-minded families. This allows everyone to play at their own pace.

5) Skateboarding

 While many parents may cringe at the thought of introducing this sport to their kid, research shows it’s beneficial. Not only does skateboarding improve balance and muscle tone, but it provides an aerobic workout and the chance to find new friends, all positive attributes.

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Detecting Autism With a Blood Test https://www.ratemds.com/blog/this-new-blood-test-could-detect-autism/ Tue, 27 Feb 2018 16:45:00 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=179455 Very early detection is nearly impossible at the moment. But the sooner you can intervene, the better your child’s future may be. Every parent wishes their child would grow up happy and healthy. If something goes wrong, detecting it and having the right support on-hand to deal with it, is the next best scenario. That’s where the accuracy and use of blood and urine tests comes into play. A study done at the University of Warwick in England has found a new test could be a key player in earlier detection of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Related: No Link Found

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Very early detection is nearly impossible at the moment. But the sooner you can intervene, the better your child’s future may be.

Every parent wishes their child would grow up happy and healthy. If something goes wrong, detecting it and having the right support on-hand to deal with it, is the next best scenario.

That’s where the accuracy and use of blood and urine tests comes into play. A study done at the University of Warwick in England has found a new test could be a key player in earlier detection of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Related: No Link Found Between Measles Vaccine and Autism

Researchers recruited 38 children already diagnosed with ASD between the ages of 5 and 12 for the study. They compared their results to a control group of 31 children who didn’t have ASD.

Children with ASD were found to have a higher level of the oxidation marker dityrosine (DT), as well as certain sugar-modified compounds called “advanced glycation endproducts” (AGEs), when tested. Essentially, the study found that there’s a link between ASD and damaged proteins in the body.

Uncovering the Unknown

What will this lead to? Scientists are hoping that the discovery can result in even earlier diagnosis and treatment for kids. At the moment, ASD can be difficult to detect. It’s especially challenging when a child is very young and in the early stages of development.

Experts often can’t concretely diagnose any form of autism before a child is 2 years old. That being said, symptoms can start to surface when a baby is between 12 and 18 months old.

What causes autism disorders? It’s thought that genetic causes are behind 30-35% of cases and that the remaining 65-70% are the result of a combination of environmental factors, multiple mutations, and rare genetic variants.

Researchers are also hoping the new tests can help further identify causes of the disorder that haven’t yet been found.

About 1 in 45 children ages 3 to 17 currently live with autism in the U.S.

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Answering Your Last-Minute Thanksgiving Health Questions https://www.ratemds.com/blog/answering-last-minute-thanksgiving-health-questions/ Thu, 23 Nov 2017 21:25:07 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=167210 We’ll help you get through opinionated family members, exploding turkeys, and other questions on human health and social well-being during yet another American Thanksgiving. Can forcing a smile cause a brain aneurysm? When Uncle Joe gets into his wild ramblings, encouraged by his bathtub-brewed moonshine, it’s time to call on an important life skill: pretending to smile. You don’t need to worry about a brain aneurysm if you’re faking a smile for hours, however, as it’s very unlikely. Though it is technically possible, seeing as you’re probably stressed and with high blood pressure – otherwise you’d be smiling for real.

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We’ll help you get through opinionated family members, exploding turkeys, and other questions on human health and social well-being during yet another American Thanksgiving.

Can forcing a smile cause a brain aneurysm?

When Uncle Joe gets into his wild ramblings, encouraged by his bathtub-brewed moonshine, it’s time to call on an important life skill: pretending to smile.

You don’t need to worry about a brain aneurysm if you’re faking a smile for hours, however, as it’s very unlikely. Though it is technically possible, seeing as you’re probably stressed and with high blood pressure – otherwise you’d be smiling for real.

Are piñatas an acceptable form of stress relief for the family?

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Piñatas are always acceptable. For a healthy Thanksgiving, fill it with fruit and veggies.

Is celebrating Thanksgiving actually healthy?

Thanksgiving is based on the fable of an ‘amicable arrangement’ between European colonialists and Native Americans. It assures some kind of absolution for non–Native Americans – from guilt in the taking of land, the genocide, the slander, and cultural obliteration.

That can’t be healthy.

…we meant eating wise. That escalated quickly.

 You started it with questions about brain seizures.

Fair point. But back to the serious food questions. My next question: are turduckens considered sandwiches?

No.

Okay, so if I have to make a real turkey, can I just throw a frozen bird into a cauldron of boiling oil?

No. The turkey will explode. It’s a common thing every year.

My turkey has exploded.

Denny’s is open 24 hours.

So how do I deal with over-opinionated family members? Or in other words, how much alcohol is too much alcohol?

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This can differ from person to person. If some alcohol makes you mellow and introverted, then that’s fine. If even a bit brings out your argumentative or defensive side, it may be best to abstain or forego alcohol this year. You’ll be more perceptive to the madness of family members, too.

We hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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Spanking at Age 5 Simply Worsens Behavior Down the Line: Study https://www.ratemds.com/blog/spanking-at-age-5-simply-worsens-behavior-down-the-line-study/ Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:12:02 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=165946 Alternatives to spanking could get better results in children’s behavior, as time passes. If you are fed up with your child’s behavior at age 5, professionals are recommending you take a breather. Parenting can be hard. Spanking your child at this age, however, could be making things worse. A new study done by psychologists at the University of Texas at Austin shows that, even when kids drive you up the walls and around the block when they make bad choices, corporal punishment doesn’t pay off. Related: This Restaurant Has a One Drink Policy for Parents Eating With Children Children who

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Alternatives to spanking could get better results in children’s behavior, as time passes.

If you are fed up with your child’s behavior at age 5, professionals are recommending you take a breather. Parenting can be hard. Spanking your child at this age, however, could be making things worse.

A new study done by psychologists at the University of Texas at Austin shows that, even when kids drive you up the walls and around the block when they make bad choices, corporal punishment doesn’t pay off.

Related: This Restaurant Has a One Drink Policy for Parents Eating With Children

Children who are spanked at age 5 actually show increased behavior problems by the time they reach 6 and 8 years old. Compared with children who aren’t spanked, they are found by both parents and teachers to have more trouble controlling their own reactions.

Of course, it is difficult to measure the effects of spanking. Researchers can’t very well tell one group of parents to get at it, and another to lay off and see what happens in time.

Family-Related Characteristics

 

So, what was done? To get their data in this study, scientists matched children who had been spanked with those who hadn’t according to 38 child- and family-related characteristics.

These included the child’s age, gender, overall health, and behavior problems at age 5; the parent’s education, age, and marital status; the family socioeconomic status and household size; and factors related to parenting quality and conflict in the home.

The kids’ teachers were then asked to evaluate the children’s behavior when they were 5, 6 and 8 years old. They reported the frequency with which the children “argued, fought, got angry, acted impulsively, and disturbed ongoing activities.”

According to the study authors, the results were clear. Kids who were spanked at 5 showed a greater increase in bad behavior over time, compared with those who were never hit.

Related: Smelling Rosemary in School Help’s Children’s Memory

“The fact that knowing whether a child had ever been spanked was enough to predict their levels of behavior problems years later was a bit surprising,” says Gershoff. “It suggests that spanking at any frequency is potentially harmful to children.”

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So, are people heeding the advice?

The findings are in line with other studies out there. It is true though that, often times, the general public- and those in the public eye, in the case of Ted Cruz back in the presidential race of 2016-don’t necessarily agree.

Cruz openly admitted to spanking his daughter. And evidence shows that many others feel that spanking their kids is a private matter, and not something clinicians, teachers, doctors or anyone else should weigh in on.

Related: Unicef Agrees to Vaccine Deal That Protects Children From 5 Diseases

This graph in the Washington Post shows that most Americans, at least not too long ago, felt that spanking was a necessary part of disciplining a child.

What’s your take? It is a necessary evil, or simply a bad response on the part of parents? Comments welcome.

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Surrogate Mom Gives Birth to Twins…and is Surprised to Find Out One is Her Own https://www.ratemds.com/blog/surrogate-mom-gives-birth-to-twinsand-is-surprised-to-find-one-is-her-own/ Fri, 03 Nov 2017 18:40:16 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=164201 It’s called superfetation and while rare, it can actually happen. If you haven’t heard enough weird and wacky birthing tales yet, get this. A woman from California signed up to be a surrogate mother. She was supposed to have just one baby, but someplace along the line it was discovered that she was carrying twins. Everyone thought they were identical, and a result of the donor’s egg splitting in two. That is, until the babies were born. One was Asian, like the donor parents, and the other appeared to be Caucasian. It turns out, the surrogate mother- Jessica Allen- had

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It’s called superfetation and while rare, it can actually happen.

If you haven’t heard enough weird and wacky birthing tales yet, get this.

A woman from California signed up to be a surrogate mother. She was supposed to have just one baby, but someplace along the line it was discovered that she was carrying twins.

Everyone thought they were identical, and a result of the donor’s egg splitting in two. That is, until the babies were born. One was Asian, like the donor parents, and the other appeared to be Caucasian.

It turns out, the surrogate mother- Jessica Allen- had ovulated while pregnant, and ended up carrying the surrogate child, as well as her own biological son, to full term.

Was everything laid straight right away? Unfortunately, no. The host mom didn’t know of the confusion until weeks after the children were born, when the recipient Chinese couple texted her photos of the babies…who didn’t really look that much like brothers.

Related: Here’s How Scientists Are Hoping to Grow Babies, No Human Egg or Sperm Needed

But wait, it gets even more complicated.

Since the birth certificates of both the babies had been signed by the recipient parents, the surrogate mother wasn’t the legal parent of her own biological son.

Thank goodness for DNA testing!

10 months after being born, Ms. Allen’s son finally made it to her arms. His biological parents have him back at home, and the recipient Chinese family is resting at ease and no longer wondering what the heck happened.

Oh, if only Shakespeare were around to put this confusion on stage! All’s well that ends well.

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3 Ways to Get Your Family to Lose Weight https://www.ratemds.com/blog/3-ways-to-get-your-family-to-lose-weight/ Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:41:22 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=161706 Do it together, change your menu and stay motivated through technology for a better tomorrow. Obesity rates are soaring in America. A new report put out by the National Center for Health and Statistics has found that nearly 40% of American adults and almost 20% of the country’s youth are obese. It’s the highest rate of obesity the country has ever seen, and experts say the trend doesn’t show signs of slowing down. What can you do if your family is overweight? Experts recommend tackling the issue together, for the greatest chance of success. Here are 3 tips for getting

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Do it together, change your menu and stay motivated through technology for a better tomorrow.

Obesity rates are soaring in America. A new report put out by the National Center for Health and Statistics has found that nearly 40% of American adults and almost 20% of the country’s youth are obese.

It’s the highest rate of obesity the country has ever seen, and experts say the trend doesn’t show signs of slowing down.

What can you do if your family is overweight? Experts recommend tackling the issue together, for the greatest chance of success. Here are 3 tips for getting on a healthy path:

1) Adjust to Healthy Eating: Don’t Diet

The good thing about weight loss is that the idea can sound hard, but in practice it’s easy. Simply change what you eat. A great tip offered by Parenting.com is that you shouldn’t eat anything your grandparents wouldn’t recognize. Stay clear of processed foods and eat fresh.

Related: Keep Encouraging Your Disgruntled Kids to Eat Their Veggies, Research Suggests

If you grew up eating a lot of processed goods, connect with a nutritionist. State your goals and they can work with you to develop meal plans that you like. Or, talk to your doctor and see what resources they have on hand. The key is to change your habits for good, not the moment.

2) Do It as a Group

Almost 40% of adults in the U.S are obese.

Experts say it’s better to work as a group rather than singling individuals out when it comes to tackling obesity in children. Often if a child is obese, the whole family is carrying extra weight.

Consider your daily habits and incorporate exercise into it, for everyone. Take 30 minutes to walk after dinner each day, as a group. Walk to school or work, if you can. Join a gym as a family and check out the classes offered by your community center. There are often a lot available for kids, as well as adults.

Sign them up for gymnastics and get on the stepper, while you wait.

3) Use Apps to Keep Motivated

There are also many apps that you can download on your phone for healthy eating plans, as well as exercise regimes. Document your progress as a family- hey, you may even become famous!

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How a Good Night’s Sleep Can Better Your Relationship https://www.ratemds.com/blog/how-a-good-nights-sleep-can-better-your-relationship/ Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:40:26 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=156137 Sleep deprivation and difficult marital conflict go hand-in-hand, a study has found. Do you find yourself on the verge of breaking up with your partner? An article in the New York Times health section begs you to take a step back and ask one main question: are you both getting enough sleep? A study done at Ohio State University explored how marital interactions influence a person’s health. In doing so, it also examined how sleep, or a lack of it, can increase your stress and make conflicts with your partner worse. Related: California Couple Celebrates 82 Years of Marriage and

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Sleep deprivation and difficult marital conflict go hand-in-hand, a study has found.

Do you find yourself on the verge of breaking up with your partner? An article in the New York Times health section begs you to take a step back and ask one main question: are you both getting enough sleep?

A study done at Ohio State University explored how marital interactions influence a person’s health. In doing so, it also examined how sleep, or a lack of it, can increase your stress and make conflicts with your partner worse.

Related: California Couple Celebrates 82 Years of Marriage and Offers Tips on Staying Together

“When people have slept less, it’s a little like looking at the world through dark glasses,” Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, a longtime relationship scientist and director of the Ohio State Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, is quoted as saying. “Their moods are poorer. We’re grumpier. Lack of sleep hurts the relationship.”

It was found, unsurprisingly, that people are more hostile with each if both partners are handling life on less than 7 hours of sleep. Every couple experiences conflict. The way in which it’s handled can dictate the success of the relationship, though, it was found. Partners who had proper rest could navigate their differences with humor and acceptance. Those who were operating on less couldn’t do so that easily and often resorted to negative interactions.

Find yourself feeling sour and using negative language? Try turning your alarm off and hitting the sheets. Your brain and body will thank you, too.

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