Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Mom: Drop the Smokes, Breastfeed, and DON'T Make Jr. Clean His Plate

New research shows some not-so-surprising, but interesting results: kids whose parents force them to clean their plates are fatter and breastfed kids have higher IQs. Also, mothers who smoke when they're pregnant endanger their kid's health. But it's not the findings of this study that truly surprised me. Read on to learn what really raised my eyebrows.

Strict parents have fatter kids
Whether it’s the stress in households where strict parents call the shots, or the better decision-making skills that kids develop in flexible environments, kids with strict parents end up fatter than those with "flexible rule-setter" moms and dads. According to a new study from the Boston University School of Medicine,
reported by CNN, 17 percent of children with "strict disciplinarians" for parents are overweight while just 3.9 percent of kids with flexible folks are chubby. Right in the middle, about 10 percent of kids with "neglectful" or push-over parents were husky.

Breastfed kids are smarter, healthier
According to a new study,
which I first read at the New York Times, "not breast-feeding may be hazardous to your baby's health." Apparently, breast feeding improves infant vulnerability to a range of infectious disease and protects them from sudden infant death syndrome. Later in life, kids that were breast fed were less susceptible to developing asthma, diabetes, leukemia and lymphoma. Kids that breast feed even scored better on IQ tests, perhaps because breast milk "contains certain fatty acids that aid brain development."

I shouldn't even have to write this, but…
It's common knowledge that smoking is one of the most dangerous habits you can pick up. But new research
reported by CNN shows that "the effects of smoking during pregnancy last up to age 12." And from there, the kids are still doomed because, "individuals with parents and siblings who smoke will have started smoking themselves by their teen years." According to the "Pollution and the Young Study," smoking mothers had kids that were "more likely to have poor lung function."

No surprises right?

Well, the reason I'm blogging on the smoking study is not so much the findings, but what the research is dependent on: mothers that smoke, and mothers that smoke with young kids. Are you kidding me? In 2006, a study like this should not even be possible.

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