Friday, August 26, 2011

The Diet Book For Toddlers

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Imagine tucking in your 6 year old daughter into bed, you grab a short children’s book and you begin to clear your throat to start reading, but instead of light-hearted story about pink ponies or courageous princesses you start reading a story about an overweight teen wishing to lose weight.

Would you read this to your young and impressionable child? I probably wouldn’t. The book, 'Maggie Goes on a Diet,' by author Paul Kramer isn’t your typical children’s book. Maggie’s diet journey, meant to encourage teens to make healthier choices, actually isn’t really going over so well.

The book starts off with Maggie being teased in school for her weight, she has no friends and she eats to cope with all of the taunting. It’s only after Maggie looses the weight that she starts making new friends and becomes popular—great message right?

This picture book targets young readers from the ages of 2 through 8, and with the way the story is written, it’s easier for children to misinterpret the original message and obtain a negative body image or major eating disorders.

I think the author of this book really did have good intentions when writing Maggie’s story, but after reviewing the book it seems as though there could have been another way to go about this. What do you think?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Killed by Fresh Water Parasites

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This is sad to hear even though it's rare. The parasite, also known as the brain eating amoeba, enters through the nose, travels through the sinuses and infects the brain and cerebrospinal fluid. The parasite tends to grow in stagnant freshwater during high summer temperatures.

There are nose clips people can wear to reduce risk, but someone who doesn't want any risk needs to stay out of freshwater ponds and streams, especially those that are stagnant. Symptoms of this parasitic infection include fever, nausea, stiff neck and a frontal headache and should seek medical attention.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Health Food Only For The Rich

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Whenever I go to the store and try to buy healthier food options I always feel as though the cashier is secretly robbing me of all my money. I begin wondering why I have to sell my first born to pay for a couple of carrots and for a brief moment I even consider just rushing through the drive through, and my suspicion of being robbed is pretty much justified by a recent study.

According to the Journal Health Affairs, it costs at least an extra $7.28 a week to eat healthy and an extra $380 a year for those darn carrots. With the latest update of U.S. nutritional guidelines "My Plate," formally known as the food pyramid, calling on Americans to eat more fresh foods containing potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium, even more frustrated shoppers will be tacking on hundreds more dollars to their annual grocery bill.

So what’s an angry shopper to do? Well, the frustration can be relieved somewhat with visiting the local farmer’s market, buying more locally and getting involved with the new trend of growing your own food if you can find the time. The $400 bill made up of organic carrots usually only gets that high when you’re shopping at grocery stores that ship and truck their food long distances. The angry shoppers dropping top dollar at the register isn’t just paying for the lack of chemicals soaking into your fruit, but the gas, time and extra money it took to get it from the farm to the store.