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Is your child a fuss-eater? Chances are there might be an underlying emotional issue. Photo: iStockphoto
Is your child a fuss-eater? Chances are there might be an underlying emotional issue. Photo: iStockphoto

Health mantras: Stick to one diet, and how to make your child happy

From sticking to one diet plan to understanding what makes your child a picky eater or depressedfive ways to get healthier, starting today

Don’t risk another dieting dead-end

Set yourself on the road to success with a weight-loss program you can stick with — and enjoy. Have diets failed you in the past? Put an end to dieting disappointment for good with a report from the health and nutrition professionals at Harvard Medical School. According to the report, most diets don’t deliver as advertised because of boredom. The report reveals the two keys to successful weight loss. The first is finding a diet and exercise program that suits you, your lifestyle, your likes, and your goals. The second is “skill power," a powerful set of specific habits that can make all the difference between setbacks and lasting success.

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Kids’ picky eating can have depression, anxiety links

Is your child a fuss-eater? Chances are there might be an underlying emotional issue. Picky eating among children may not be just a passing phase but could flag potential concerns such as depression and anxiety, a study released Monday found. According to the Duke Medicine report in the journal Pediatrics, more than 20% of children aged 2-6 are picky eaters. About 18% of those were classified as moderately picky and another 3% as extremely so. It was in these subsets—kids who are moderately or severely fussy about the foods they eat—that scientists found greater occurrence of mental health issues such as clinical depression or anxiety. AFP

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Judging your child’s happiness based on your feelings?

Can you tell whether your child is happy or not? Did you make the estimation based on your feelings or your child’s? A study has found that parents misjudged their children’s happiness levels as they made the estimation based on their personal feelings and not of their children. Parents of 10 and 11-year-olds consistently overestimated their child’s happiness, while those with 15 and 16-year-olds were inclined to underestimate, the findings showed. The study attributed the discrepancies to an ‘egocentric bias’ through which parents rely too heavily on their own feelings in assessing the happiness of the family unit as a whole. IANS

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Vitamin D may not benefit post-menopausal bone health

High doses of vitamin D may not help strengthen bones in post-menopausal women, a study suggests. Vitamin D helps the body use calcium, and calcium in turn helps support bone health. After a year on high-dose vitamin D supplements, women were absorbing slightly more calcium from their intestines into their blood compared to women who took low doses of vitamin D or a dummy pill. But that didn’t seem to matter, because all three regimens produced similar results in terms of bone mineral density, muscle mass and the women’s risk for falling.

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Women, blacks lose more years of life after heart attack

Heart attacks seem to have a bigger effect on life expectancy for women and African Americans than for white men, a new study shows. Women and men live equally long after heart attack - but because women in general tend to live longer than men, the women should be living longer after a heart attack, too, according to lead author Dr. Emily M. Bucholz of the Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Compiled by Pooja Chaturvedi

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