Obesity in Children

Experts point to many reasons leading to a rise in childhood obesity, like environmental factors, lifestyle preferences and cultural environments. And though obesity is generally thought to be the result of too many calories and fat, researchers are now pointing to the high amount of sugar in soda and juices, larger portion sizes, and a decrease in physical activity as contributing factors to obesity. Continue reading “Obesity in Children”

Improving Mental health Through Nutrition

The brain is the platform for the mind and therefore the platform for our mental health. While our understanding of how the brain works is less advanced than our understanding of the body’s other organs, much of the practical knowledge we do have of the brain has yet to be embraced and put to good use. This represents a spectrum of wasted opportunities to promote mental health and prevent mental ill-health in our society. Continue reading “Improving Mental health Through Nutrition”

Why infant and young child feeding is exceptionally vulnerable in emergencies

During emergencies infants and young children are more likely to become ill and die from malnutrition and disease than older children or adults. Optimal feeding is often disrupted because of lack of basic resources such as shelter and water, and physical and mental stress on families. Breastfeeding may stop because mothers are traumatized, ill,  or separated from their babies, and yet it is particularly valuable in emergency situations. Artificial feeding is more dangerous because of poor hygiene, lack of clean water, and unreliability of supplies. Continue reading “Why infant and young child feeding is exceptionally vulnerable in emergencies”