Raising Healthy Kids
Skeptical about raising kids within the LGBT community? A recent study found out that kids raised by same-sex couples eventually lead grow up healthier and better adjusted in society that children growing in traditional heterosexual couples.
Lead study author Simon Crouch of the University of Melbourne said that their study suggests that the social stereotype against gays and lesbians may not affect the children too much. “It’s often suggested that children with same-sex parents have poorer outcomes because they’re missing a parent of a particular sex… But research my colleagues and I published in the journal BMC Public Health shows this isn’t the case,” Crouch said in a news item.
The study involved a survey of families to report the health of their children. The results revealed that kids raised by same-sex couples were six percent better in terms of health than those living in traditional family settings.
Crouch attributes this to the dynamics happening in same-sex couples. “It is liberating for parents to take on roles that suit their skills rather than defaulting to gender stereotypes, where mum is the primary care giver and dad the primary breadwinner,” he said.
While vitamin supplements may help in your child’s development, too much of a good thing is always bad.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a report that details the possible overdose of children in the U.S. over vitamins and minerals. Food products fortified with so-called essential nutrients may bring too much artifical nutrition to kids.
According to the report as cited in a news release, the two most popular fortified food products are snack bars and breakfast cereals, which were found to contain nutrients over and beyond the daily requirement of an average American child. “Fortified breakfast cereals are the number one source of added vitamin A, zinc and niacin in children’s diets,” the report stated.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has set a maximum limit for vitamin and mineral content that is safe for children. The report by EWG stated that kids 8 years old and below may be at risk of exceeding the safe limit, even if they eat just one serving.
The report named 23 breakfast cereal products and 27 snack bars that exceed the IOM threshold. Some of the products come from famous brands like General Mills, Kellogg’s, Stop & Shop, and Safeway.
The EWG recommends regular consumers of these products to be aware and educated about the dangers of excess nutrition, particularly Vitamin A.
Based on a recent study on individuals whose parents are engaged in alcohol abuse, 85 percent are most likely to commit suicide than those who grew up in families that do not overuse alcohol. Meanwhile, another study reveals that suicide attempts for those individuals whose parents were separated increased by 14 percent.
Surprisingly the number of suicide attempts for children whose parents are divorced and involved in alcohol abuse did not increase.
According to Dr. Dana Alonzo, study lead author from Columbia University, they found out that those people whose parents were alcoholic or divorced are keener to commit suicide than those individuals who belong to good families.
Based on the study of 43,093 individuals aged 18 years old and above, a total of 13,753 participants disclosed that they are experiencing acute depression and 1,073 of them even tried to commit suicide. According to a news release, researchers also found out that of those who attempted suicide 25 percent belongs to broken families, while 46 percent are siblings of one or both parents who are alcoholic.
In the case of those who experienced both drunkenness and divorce, expert says the reason why there is lesser suicide attempts might be due to low exposure of hostility inside their home as both parents have divorced “or” it could be that the children with an alcoholic parent already accepted the fact that their parents will soon split up due to conflict and alcoholism.
Participants of this research were assessed based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM) wherein they were asked to answer criteria for their depression.
A recent study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors revealed that teenagers who participate in sports are less likely to engage in the use of most illicit drugs.
While that finding is somewhat expected judging by the benefits that the youth get through sports, proponents of the study surprisingly discovered that this same demographic are more prone to alcohol abuse. Research team member John Cairney of McMaster University’s Offord Centre for Child Studies shared through Reuters the surprising results. “When we began our own review, we were shocked not only to find many new studies, but also ones that had been missed in previous reviews,” Cairney said.
The researchers from Canada reviewed previous studies published between 1982 and 2012, and dealt with monitoring people’s behaviors as a result of sports activities. It was through the comprehensive review that the benefit of sports activities in preventing drug abuse can be confirmed.
“We have enough data to show that sport participation could play an important role in substance use prevention. We need to understand what aspects of sport participation are most beneficial and design rigorous trials to see if sport interventions really can reduce or prevent drug use in youth,” Cairney added.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for marijuana and alcohol use, which young athletes were more susceptible to fall into. Also, the probability of prescription drug abuse — particularly in the use of painkillers and opiod medication — is higher for young people engaged in sports because these drugs are easier to get for them.
Children cannot wait to become grownups, and parents usually find this adorable. Now, a brand new survey suggests that moms and dads should be concerned about the rapid development of their kids into teenagers because this can lead to substance abuse.
According to a study by a team of researcher from Austin’s University of Texas links early puberty to a higher risk of deveoplng substance abuse. Team lead Jessica Cance, who works at the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, cites how puberty can result not only to physical body changes but also the teen’s social and psychological health. “Our research has shown that pubertal development is a combination of biological, psychological and social processes that all likely interact to influence risk-taking behavior like substance use,” Cance shared in a news item.
The survey involved 6,500 teenagers between the ages of 11 and 17, monitored their puberty development based on physical changes, and assessed their susceptibility to abuse of cocaine, alcohol and drugs. Results of the study showed that those who enter puberty at an earlier stage in their life are more prone to engage in drug abuse.
Cance relates this to the individual’s biological development and links it to his or her perceived social maturity. She said the first student in class to experience biological maturity “prompts or exacerbates existing psychological and social aspects… that can, in turn, lead to substance use and other risky behaviors early in life.”
Earlier studies showed that society and marketing agencies lure teens into drug and alcohol use because these are “cool”. This breakthrough revelation from Cance’s team shows that the perceived feeling of maturity in children makes them more likely to drug abuse.