Too. Much. Going. On.
The news has been so active lately, I’ve barely been able to keep up, so here are a few quick summaries:
The Case of the Ugly Duckling
Maybe bored during Canada’s long winters, some researchers went to grocery stores to see how parents treat “ugly” versus “attractive” children, reports The New York Times. The researchers found that parents of attractive children were more likely to buckle their kids into shopping carts and limit wandering, while parents of uglier children were less likely to bother strapping them in and more likely to let them wander. Parents of older children were also less likely to buckle them in and to let them wander a bit further, the study found.
Even though researchers used a 10-point scale to determine attractiveness, this has to be one of the most subjective studies I ever heard of. Read it, shake your head and then forget about it.
The Doughnut Monster
Last week I was embroiled in a Cookie Monster debate, which you can read about here and here, but we’ve moved on. The one food that seems to have even less redeeming nutritional value – except the hole – than a cookie is the doughnut, reports The New York Times:
Within the sweets spectrum, desserts like ice cream and apple pie have some redeeming value – the calcium in dairy products and the antioxidants in fruit. Even chocolate contains beneficial phytochemicals.
But doughnuts have nothing to offer, said Jayne Hurley, senior nutritionist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group in Washington. They are loaded with sugar, refined flour and the fats known to increase heart disease risk: saturated fat and partially hydrogenated oil that is loaded with trans fat.
A healthy version is hard to find.
Obesity Rates Surging Among the Affluent
While it’s a long-held belief that obesity is a problem primarily faced by the poor, the middles of wealthier Americans have greatly expanded since the 1970s, reports The Associated Press via The Washington Post.
While only 9.7 percent of Americans making more than $60,000 were obese in the 1970s, that figure jumped to 26.8 percent in 2002. Experts speculate that longer commutes and rich restaurant foods might be partly to blame.
Tennessee Considers 50-50 Parenting
Yet another state is looking into the idea of requiring divorce judges to consider awarding parents equal parenting rights, reports the Tennessean. While the bill already cleared that state’s senate, lawmakers don’t expect final action until next year.
Mothers Get No Respect
One-fifth of mothers across the nation and economic lines agree on one thing: American society treats them with less respect once they’re a parent, reports USA Today. On the flip side, 81 percent of moms are very satisfied with being a parent, the study found.
Pregnant Moms Get Away From It All (Except the Belly)
Pregnant women today have a pretty good idea of what to expect after giving birth, so many are signing up for relaxing, if not expensive “babymoons;” that is, expensive spa vacations before giving birth, reports the Los Angeles Times. Shhhh, don’t tell my wife, who’s expecting No. 2 in just a couple months.