From eNewsletter 8/19/2019
DID YOU KNOW that having a television in the bedroom during the preschool years can lead to mental and physical health problems in adolescence, a new study from Pediatric Research indicates?
Researchers examined whether there was a link between having a bedroom TV at age 4, during the neurodevelopmentally critical preschool period, and later physical, mental, and social problems in early adolescence. over a 9 year period.
Those who had a TV in the bedroom at age 4 had significantly higher body mass index, more unhealthy eating habits, lower levels of sociability, and higher levels of emotional distress, depressive symptoms, victimization and physical aggression, regardless of individual and family factors that would have predisposed them to such problems.
ALL 3 STAGES MATTER FOR A HEALTHY CHILD
Steve and Bonnie: Several recent studies accentuate the impetus to not only optimally prep yourself for fertility, but for pregnancy and breastfeeding.
A study from American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined nutrition outcomes in preschoolers who were breastfed beyond 12 months of age. Not surprisingly, breastfeeding for 12 months of age or less was associated with decreased nutrition risk and healthier eating behaviors and dietary intake at 3 to 5 years of age. When compared to preschoolers who were not breastfed, the results were startling in the breastfed children's favor.
Fiber A diet rich in fiber is important during pregnancy to promote the wellbeing of the mother and child. Plant-based fiber is broken down in the gut by bacteria into factors that influence the immune system. Authors of a study that appeared in Nature Communications said higher levels of acetate from fiber fermentation in the gut is associated with less risk of the common and serious pregnancy-related condition preeclampsia. Preeclampsia affects the development of an important fetal immune organ, the thymus. Fetuses in preeclamptic pregnancies were found to have a much smaller thymus than children from healthy pregnancies. The cells the thymus normally generates, called T cells (thymus-derived cells), specifically those associated with the prevention of allergies and autoimmune conditions such as diabetes, also remained lower in infants after preeclampsia, even four years after delivery. Mediterranean Diet Pregnant women at high risk for developing gestational diabetes may be less likely to experience this complication when they switch to a