Is Weight Gain and Relationship With Mom Related?

A new study that was published in Pediatrics followed 977 children born in 1991 and enrolled in the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development. The results found that toddlers who had a poor emotional bond with their mothers were twice as likely to become obese by age 15 compared to those who had “healthy” relationships. This concluded that the less secure the children’s early bond is with their mother, the greater chance of obesity.

The researchers suggest that there might be a relationship between teen obesity and early childhood experience which originated in the brain, in locations where regulated hormones influence emotion and stress response along with appetite, sleep-wake cycle, and other metabolic functions.

What do you think of this study?

Click here for the original article—courtesy of Times Heathland

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Single and Ready to Mingle?

Kid time or quiet time? Know before you go.

Single and ready to mingle you say? Cruise lines hear your call. If you’ve ever travelled alone on a cruise, then you know a thing or two about unfair supplemental fees. Not a couple? You still have to pay like one and solo travellers have had a enough. Several cruise ships are now offering single cabins and eliminating the discriminatory “single” fee.

The cruise liner Epic is one of the first to introduce this single option and their 128 singles cabins sold old almost immediately upon release. Thought about a cruise lately as a way to meet someone special? Perhaps you should. This type of cruising may be just the way to relax, enjoy yourself, and meet a companion in the process.

See AARP’s cruise vacation tips here:

http://www.aarp.org/travel/cruises/info-04-2011/greenberg-video-cruises-singles.html