Parents begin to lose control of their children at the age of 13, a study has found. Four in 10 worry about the food and drink their child has when they are not with them, with 43 per cent often finding illicit sweet or fast food wrappers in their child’s bedroom or school bag. 39 per cent also do not always know who their child is hanging around with or the company they are keeping – which makes losing control of their diet even more likely.
An investigative report by the BBC recently found that the number of antidepressants prescribed to children in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland has risen 24 per cent over the past three years. Drugs may not be the most effective way to treat depression (more about this later), but pity the children who were treated for depression before antidepressants were invented. Last century, Sigmund Freud improved things a bit when he introduced psychoanalysis as a treatment for depression.
Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world, affecting both low and high income countries. Well known symptoms of iron deficiency include poor concentration, fatigue and mood changes. Women are more affected by iron deficiency anaemia than men because they lose iron during their periods and need more when pregnant or breastfeeding.
Pregnancy loss can be an isolating experience for women and their families. The grief experienced may be intense, but the feelings of the bereaved may not be recognised – even by close friends and relatives – because pregnancy loss is not widely discussed. After all, pregnancy loss is a fairly common experience.
A group of 16 nurses working in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Banner Desert Medical Centre in Mesa, Arizona have astounded co-workers by all becoming pregnant at the same time. The nurses only discovered how many of them were simultaneously expecting children when they all happened to join a Facebook group chat for pregnant workers at the hospital.
Fashion retailer Boohoo has been accused of Photoshopping the waist of a model on its site in order to make her appear thinner. The observation was made by Ella Thorpe, a 25-year-old from Manchester, who’d been shopping online when she noticed that something was amiss when looking at pictures of a model wearing a denim skirt. Ms Thorpe realised that one of the photos had been digitally altered to make the model’s waist look slimmer when showing the size 10 option for the skirt, with the original unedited photo also displayed on the site.
Carbs have been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism in recent years, with many people wrongly believing that eating them is an unhealthy course of action. According to Kirsty Bamping, registered dietitian and media spokesperson for The British Dietetic Association, carbohydrates are a necessary component in all people’s diets, regardless of whether they eat meat or not. “The government’s healthy eating advice recommends that just over a third of your diet should be made up of starchy foods, such as potatoes, bread, rice and pasta, and another third should be fruit and vegetables,” Bamping tells The Independent.
A parent’s explanation to their child about what it means to identify as non-binary has gone viral on Twitter, with many people praising them for spreading a message of acceptance. A few days ago, an artist called Jay Jackson wrote on Twitter about how a child had visited their workplace and asked Jackson whether they were a boy or a girl.
A birth control app that was previously investigated for its “misleading” claims over its accuracy has now been officially approved by the Food and Drugs Administration in the US. In July this year, the Advertising Standards Authority received three complaints from individuals using the Natural Cycles app, which was founded in Switzerland by couple Elina Berglund and Raoul Scherwitzl. The complaints came following reports earlier in the year that 37 women who’d been using the app as a form of contraception had become pregnant.
A few days ago, a woman tweeted a thread about a conversation that she'd had with an individual about whether or not she's going to have children in the near future. Marie then told the individual that she’d actually had seven miscarriages, which led to a moment of awkwardness between the pair. Marie elaborated on the situation in a number of further tweets, explaining that she's regularly asked whether she's going to have children by people who are ignorant of the insensitivity of the question.
When you wake up in the morning to the sound of your alarm after a less than satisfactory night’s sleep, it can be all too tempting to press the snooze button and stay in bed for a few extra minutes. Experts from Sleep Clinic Services have explained why you should refrain from pushing the enticing snooze button, as it can lead to extended periods of sleep inertia. Sleep inertia is the feeling of grogginess that many people have when they get up in the morning, as explained by Silentnight.
Eating vegetables such as kale, cabbage and broccoli may help prevent the development of colon cancer later in life, a new study has claimed. Research conducted by the Francis Crick Institute in London has found that certain chemicals produced in these vegetables can reduce inflammation of the gut and the colon, thus decreasing the likelihood of colon cancer. The study, which was published in the medical journal Immunity, explored the health benefits of a diet rich in indole-3-carbinol (I3C).
Everyone knows that sleep is key to our physical and mental wellbeing, however, a new study claims that getting sufficient shut-eye is also fundamental for maintaining a thriving social life. According to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, sleep-deprived individuals can suffer from more than just under-eye bags and are more likely to feel lonelier and less inclined to interact with others than their well-rested pals. The findings, published in the journal Nature, revealed that those who have not slept enough may also appear more socially unattractive to others, exacerbating existing feelings of social isolation.
Singer Adele has shown her support for her close friend who was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis after giving birth by sharing a heartfelt message on Instagram. Postpartum psychosis is a rare mental health condition that can lead to hallucinations, delusions and feelings of confusion. Author and illustrator Laura Dockrill, who’s been close friends with Adele for many years, experienced the throes of the condition after giving birth to her son six months ago.
Women are sharing their birth stories using the #SoProud hashtag after footballer Harry Kane praised his fiancée for giving birth to their second daughter without any pain relief. Tweeting about his fiancée Kate Goodland and their baby Vivienne Jane Kane, he wrote: "So proud of @KateGoodlandx for having the most amazing water birth with no pain relief at all," he wrote. The tweet became the subject of debate when he posted it on August 8, due to the implication that women who give birth without pain relief should feel more proud of themselves than those who do.
Despite rising numbers of vegans and vegetarians, the latest diet fad being promoted by several social media influencers is the so-called ‘carnivore diet’, which sees people promoting eating just meat. In recent months, increasing numbers of people have been trying the carnivore diet and spreading the word on social media - there are currently over 30,000 posts under the #carnivorediet tag on Instagram - with people claiming existing on meat alone has seen them lose weight, reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and boost libido.
Since tweeting about her experience, Emily Reynolds' comments have gone viral, with many people sharing their own similar experiences. “I was feeling suicidal and didn’t know what else to do,” the Londoner, who has previously been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, tells The Independent. “First I called a crisis line I’d been given previously, who after a brief assessment told me to go to A&E and ask for a psychiatric nurse,” she explains.
It’s a widely-held belief that exercise improves mental health, and a new study of 1.2 million Americans has added significant weight to the theory. The study, conducted by Yale University and the University of Oxford and published in The Lancet Psychiatry Journal, concluded that people who exercise report having 1.5 fewer days of poor mental health a month, compared to people who do not exercise at all. While all types of activity appeared to improve mental health, the most effective ones were found to be team sports, cycling, aerobics and going to the gym, according to the largest observational study of its kind.
Six-pack abs are impressive to look at, and often conjure up images of hours spent in the gym - however, obtaining a strong core is surprisingly easy, if you know how. Visible abs are actually made in the kitchen - a diet leading to a low body fat percentage is the most important things - but there are various workouts that will successfully harden and transform your abdominals. According to a study done by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), there are three abdominal workouts that are most effective in achieving a strong core and washboard stomach muscles.
Firas Zahabi, the head coach at mixed martial arts training centre Tristar Gym in Quebec, Canada, believes we should be focussing on consistency rather than intensity. Should I make you do 10 pull-ups on our workout?” he explains. “If you did 10 pull-ups on Monday, you’re going to be sore till Thursday.
A woman in Maryland tested positive for opiates while in labour, having eaten a poppy seed bagel for breakfast that morning. Elizabeth Eden, a woman from Maryland, USA, had gone into labour on April 4 this year when a doctor at St Joseph Medical Centre informed her about the positive results of the test. According to WJLA, Ms Eden’s newborn daughter was kept at the hospital for five days while her mother was monitored by a caseworker.