National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: Childhood obesity is a serious public health concern in US

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: Childhood obesity is a serious public health concern in US

Childhood obesity is a serious public health problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 12.4 million children and teenagers aged 2 to 19 years suffer from obesity during any given year. The CDC data reports that during 2011-14 the prevalence of obesity among children aged 12-19 years was at nearly 20.5 percent, while 17.5 percent kids in the age group 6-11 years are obese. Read more

Men’s Health Month: Depression can damage heart just like high cholesterol, finds study

Men’s Health Month: Depression can damage heart just like high cholesterol, finds study

Depression is a mental disorder that not only affects one’s mental health but physical health as well. Though it is commonly known that the condition makes one feel low, sad and emotionally weak, a lesser known fact is that the condition can also trigger physical illnesses.

Supporting this claim is a recent German study that has been published in the journal Atherosclerosis. The researchers have found that depression can damage one’s heart just as high cholesterol levels and obesity can. Read more

Lily Collins opens up about her eating disorder

Lily Collins opens up about her eating disorder

Lily Collins drew reference from her own experience and suffering to play the role of an anorexic patient for her latest movie “To The Bone.” A dark comedy based on the film director Marti Noxon’s eating disorders, it took Lily back to the times when she herself had suffered from an eating disorder.

In her memoir, “Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me,” which would be serialized in The Times Magazine, Lily traces the origin of her eating disorder to her father Phil Collins’ divorce to his third wife and her then stepmother Orianne Cevey and the disconnect that grew between her father Phil and her. She attributes her deepest insecurities to issues with her dad. Read more

Using mindfulness meditation to reduce stress and anxiety

Using mindfulness meditation to reduce stress and anxiety

While stress is known to produce short-term anxiety in almost everyone, it can cause serious physical and mental harm to many others who suffer from chronic stressful conditions over a prolonged period. Because of its mind-body connection, anxiety can have serious side effects on one’s physical health, resulting in muscle tension, headaches and digestive problems. But the good news is that one can easily reduce the distressing anxiety-related symptoms by practicing certain relaxation techniques, with “mindfulness meditation” being the most powerful way to release pent-up emotions. Read more

National Birth Defects Prevention Month: Folic acid deficiency can cause congenital defects

National Birth Defects Prevention Month: Folic acid deficiency can cause congenital defects

Birth defects can have an adverse effect on the physical and emotional well-being of not only the child but also the family, especially the mother. From the moment one conceives, throughout the nine months of pregnancy, motherhood in its myriads of hues can be a wonderful experience, full of hopes and joy. Consequently, finally giving birth to a baby with birth defects can be quite challenging, and take a heavy toll on a woman’s mental health and well-being.

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CBT changes brain's wiring: Study

CBT changes brain’s wiring: Study

Though effective in treating anxiety and depression, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is also useful in treating other emotional and physical disorders. While talk therapies are only offered as a secondary treatment to those dealing with psychotic conditions, it seems like talking to your therapist can literally rewire your brain. The study findings were published in the journal Translational Psychiatry. Read more

Men who don role of main breadwinner more likely to have mental problems: Study

Men who don role of main breadwinner more likely to have mental problems: Study

The gender ideologies regarding roles and responsibilities of men and women seem to be similar across all cultures. A picture of an ideal family usually portrays mother as a homemaker and the male member as the breadwinner. The burden which some men feel while having to earn for their entire family may take a toll on their mental health, says a recent study. Read more