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
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
Little John is a bundle of joy for his parents, a blessing for all those close to the family, and an absolute delight to be around. He is an energetic kid, who loves being out and about, and is quite liked by the neighbors. Read more
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
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
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.
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
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
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. – John Milton, Paradise Lost Everyone feels low from time to time. Feeling sad or angry occasionally is part of life. However, if a self-defeating attitude becomes permanent, it can result in the difference between confidence […]
In many ways, aging is a disease. As individuals grow older, they experience difficulties with memory, concentration and general fatigue. The rates of degenerative diseases increase. All of these consequences can be explained by disrupted cellular processes and increased amounts of inflammation that naturally occur with age.
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