Sometimes it’s better NOT to talk about your weight

Making comments like “I’m fat” predicts higher levels of depression and lower body satisfaction, a new study finds

Washington, DC (March 22, 2012)- Commenting that you think you are fat may be hazardous to your mental health. Engaging in “fat talk”—the ritualistic conversations about one’s own or others’ bodies—predicts lower satisfaction with one’s body and higher levels of depression, finds a new study recently published online in the National Communication Association’s Journal of Applied Communication Research.

“These results suggest that expressing weight-related concerns, which is common especially among women, has negative effects,” said the study’s lead author, Analisa Arroyo, a Ph.D. student in communication at the University of Arizona, Tucson. “We found that fat talk predicts changes in depression, body satisfaction, and perceived pressure to be thin across time.”

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Go to the ends of the world for your kids? How ‘bout to Vegas?

A couple in Chicago decided to take a family trip to Las Vegas. Sounds like fun—unless you’re the 12-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter who were left alone in the house. Mom and dad left the kids behind deliberately, unlike in “Home Alone,” which also took place in Chicago. But they were thinking about movies.
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You’re living where? Really?

Okay, I admit it. I moved back in with my parents after college, just until I got settled. And then, years later, after my divorce, I moved back in again. But I didn’t stay long—mostly because it seemed horribly embarrassing to be living with my parents. Plus, it definitely made dating kind of tough. I mean how many times can you get away with, “Oh, can’t go to my place because, ah, they’re painting and the place needs to air out.”
Well apparently, the days of feeling embarrassed about being an adult and living with ma and pa are gone. The Pew Research Center just did a survey of over 2,000 adults across the country and they found that the number of young adults living at home is at the highest level since the 1950s. In 2010, for example, nearly 22 percent of adults 25-34 were had moved back home. The report, “The Boomerang Generation,” also found that:

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Will you just get out of here? Really–go outside!

How much outdoor time are kids really getting? Well a new survey (sponsored by Clif bars) of more than 1,000 parents of kids ages 6-12 found some disturbing things.

  • On average, kids today have eight hours less per week of outdoor playtime than their parents did.
  • While 96 percent of parents report their kids have experience playing video games, far fewer say their children have visited a national or state park (74%) or gone hiking (61%).
  • On average, most parents say 13 hours is the ideal amount of outdoor play per week. However, according to the survey, parents admit their kids spend about 14 hours in front of a screen, while they spend on average nine hours engaged in outdoor play each week.

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What’s lurking in your medicine cabinet?

Remember, this week is National Poison Prevention Week. There’s a theme for each day and today’s is accidental poisonings. The data is pretty scary—the number of accidental medication poisonings has doubled over the past 30 years or so, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. The good news is that the number of deaths has dropped by 50 percent over the same time period. In the U.S. 165 kids end up in the emergency room every day because of these poisonings which, by the way, aren’t limited to medication—kids can get extremely sick from OD-ing on vitamins. Safe Kids has some excellent tips.
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