Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Video: Obese child removed from home in Ohio

>> ohio mom is fighting to get her 8-year-old son back after officials took him into foster care last month because the child is overweight. the third grader weighs 200 pounds. if you were wondering, the weight for an average 8-year-old boy is around 50 pounds. this case was so extreme, they had to intervene. on the child 's ninth birthday. they will decide if he will return to his mom. the professor of bioethics. thank you very much for joining us. at least eight other states have looked at cases or looked at cases similar where a parent is being accused of child abuse because the child is overweight.

>> 200 pounds in the third grade is a ticking time bomb . it's risk. it's not imminent harm. that's the usual standard you look for in removing the child . not of something down the road, but is something going happen immediately. that is not true in this case. the problem with an overweight child doesn't end with the child moving out of the house because he will come back. you will have to figure out ways to change bad habits with the family. i'm not sure moving him into foster care will fix the problem at home.

>> the boy's mom said listen, he's on the honor roll and a great kid and you are taking my child from me. why not intervene in a way where you educate the parent or help them? what does this do to a family where you rip this child from his home, from his mom, the parent he knows.

>> rip the child into a lousy foster care system. it's already overwhelmed. they can't deal with kids getting beaten up and sexually assaulted already.

>> this foster care race is say healthy environment, it's still not your home. is the government or county going too far when they say you can remove a child based on weight. we know what obese is, but what if the child is on the way to obesity?

>> it's still a bad policy. moving kids out of the home is going to be emotionally wrenching with him going to live with strangers. you are creating turmoil. it's not good for the kid. this parent for whatever reason unless you monitor the kid 365 days a year every minute, who knows where they are getting their food. they may be getting the effort to have the kid be less obese, but you can't turn to foster care . we have too many overweight kids it would overwhelm the system.

>> what i was thinking is you have to wonder about the income of the family. you have food in poor areas where they don't have grocery stores and the luxury organic grocery store . will you see more minorities and poor people targeted by this as opposed to getting some kind of help?

>> does anyone think a 200 pound kid in a rich family household out in the bushes will be put into foster care ? i don't. i think you are right. it will fall mainly on the single mom and on the poor who don't have the resources to resist this. inherently unfair. we have no reason to think it's going to work. there is no study that shows taking kids out of the home and putting them somewhere else is going to make them skinny.

>> some say they want to take the child out of a dangerous environment. let's assume that they are trying to do what's best for the child . how do we move it past taking the child ?

>> if we were going to be at our kindest, you are trying to draw attention. you have to fix what's wrong at home. you have to make the right foods and can't control the child . you have to work on the family. just moving the kid out is not a solution.

>> thank you very much. the hearing is next month. we will see what happens. thank


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

'Gay propaganda' law none of US business ? Russian FM official ...

First sanctioned rally in support of sexual minorities' rights (RIA Novosti)

Moscow has expressed its perplexity over the US attempts to interfere in Russia?s lawmaking process after America voiced its criticism about St. Petersburg legislation that outlaws so-called ?gay propaganda?.

Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, called comments by the US State Department ?incorrect?.

?We are perplexed by the American side?s attempts to interfere in the legislative process in Russia, especially publicly. We consider these attempts inappropriate and inconsistent with the practice of interstate relations," he said, as cited by Interfax. Dolgov pointed out that Russia is ready to build up ?a constructive dialogue? with the US on human rights problems based on mutual respect.

The Foreign Ministry official noted that under the Russian law, no discrimination ? including sexual-orientation related ? is acceptable. Dolgov stressed that all Russian citizens ? despite their race, gender, religious and other beliefs ? are guaranteed rights protection by the state.

On November 16, St. Petersburg?s Legislative Assembly approved in the first reading a draft law imposing fines for propaganda of ?gay, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism, to minors? as well as for the ?propaganda of pedophilia?.

Commenting on the initiative, Dolgov said that it lies within the authority of regional administration and is aimed at protecting children from that kind of propaganda. He pointed out that culture and moral values traditional for Russian society, as well as the unacceptability of discrimination of rights of one social group by the encouragement of others, were taken into consideration.

Under the bill ? which was sponsored by the ruling United Russia party ? gay propaganda would be punished with a fine from 1,000 rubles ($32) to 3,000 rubles (about $100) for individuals. Companies would have to pay from 10,000 to 50,000 rubles ($1,630). The same punishment would be applied to those promoting pedophilia. Earlier, similar laws were approved in two other Russian regions.

The draft sparked bitter criticism from rights activists and representatives of sexual minority groups.

Last week, the United States expressed its concern over the proposed legislation "that would severely restrict freedoms of expression and assembly for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, and indeed all Russians."

The St. Petersburg draft is still to be adopted in the second and third readings, to be later passed into law. Last week, though the bill?s second reading was postponed as lawmakers failed to agree on some legal definitions as well as the amounts of the fines.


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Mid-morning snacking may sabotage weight-loss efforts

ScienceDaily (Nov. 28, 2011) ? Women dieters who grab a snack between breakfast and lunch lose less weight compared to those who abstain from a mid-morning snack, according to a study led by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

The results of this randomized trial, led by Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D., a member of the Hutchinson Center's Public Health Sciences Division and director of its Prevention Center, will be published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

In the course of the year-long study, the researchers found that mid-morning snackers lost an average of 7 percent of their total body weight while those who ate a healthy breakfast but did not snack before lunch lost more than 11 percent of their body weight. For the study, a snack was defined as any food or drink that was consumed between main meals.

"We think this finding may not relate necessarily to the time of day one snacks, but rather to the short interval between breakfast and lunch. Mid-morning snacking therefore might be a reflection of recreational or mindless eating habits rather than eating to satisfy true hunger," said McTiernan, the corresponding author of the paper.

While snacking too close to a main meal may be detrimental to weight loss, waiting too long between meals also may sabotage dieting efforts, she said. "Snacking could be part of a dieter's toolkit if they're eating in response to true hunger. Individuals should determine if they experience long intervals -- such as more than five hours -- between meals. Adding a snack might help people deal better with hunger and ultimately help them to make more sound choices at their next meal."

The study also revealed that women who reported eating more than two snacks a day had higher fiber intake than those who snacked less frequently, and afternoon nibblers ate more fruits and vegetables compared to women who didn't snack between lunch and dinner.

The ancillary study, part of a larger randomized clinical trial designed to test the effects of nutrition and exercise on breast cancer risk, involved 123 overweight-to-obese postmenopausal Seattle-area women, ages 50 to 75, who were randomly assigned to either a diet-alone intervention (goal: 1,200 to 2,000 calories a day, depending on starting weight, and fewer than 30 percent of daily calories from fat), or diet plus exercise (same calorie and fat restrictions plus 45 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise per day, five days a week). While the women received nutrition counseling they were not given any specific instructions or recommendations about snacking behavior.

At the end of the study the women were asked to record the time, type and frequency of meals consumed on a normal day. Percent of calories from fat, fiber and fruit and vegetable intake were also estimated using a food-frequency questionnaire.

"Many people think that a weight-loss program has to mean always feeling hungry," McTiernan said. "Our study suggests that snacking may actually help with weight loss if not done too close to another meal, particularly if the snacks are healthy foods that can help you feel full without adding too many calories."

Nationwide surveys indicate that 97 percent of U.S. adults report snacking, and such behavior is consistent across age groups. One study that surveyed a national random sample of more than 1,500 adults found that the most commonly preferred snacks were salty and crunchy items such as potato chips, pretzels and nuts; baked goods such as cookies and cakes; fruits; and ice cream.

Not all snacks are created equal, however. Foods less conducive to weight loss include empty-calorie items that contribute fat, salt, sugar and little nutritional value, such as potato chips and sugar-sweetened beverages.

For a woman on a weight-loss diet, a healthy snack should pack a nutritional wallop without breaking the calorie bank. "Since women on a weight-loss program only have a limited number of calories to spend each day, it is important for them to incorporate nutrient-dense foods that are no more than 200 calories per serving," McTiernan said. "The best snacks for a weight-loss program are proteins such as low-fat yogurt, string cheese, or a small handful of nuts; non-starchy vegetables; fresh fruits; whole-grain crackers; and non-calorie beverages such as water, coffee and tea."

The National Cancer Institute funded the research and participated in the study, which also involved investigators from the University of Washington and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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  1. Angela Kong, Shirley A.A. Beresford, Catherine M. Alfano, Karen E. Foster-Schubert, Marian L. Neuhouser, Donna B. Johnson, Catherine Duggan, Ching-Yun Wang, Liren Xiao, Carolyn E. Bain, Anne McTiernan. Associations between Snacking and Weight Loss and Nutrient Intake among Postmenopausal Overweight to Obese Women in a Dietary Weight-Loss Intervention. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Volume 111, Issue 12, December 2011, Pages 1898-1903 DOI: 10.1016/j.jada.2011.09.012

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Panasonic To Start Selling Android Phones In Europe (And Possibly The US)

panasonic-androidIn the post-iPhone era, a lot of things changed in Japan, once the most admired country in the mobile world. The number of cell phone manufacturers, for example, has fallen from 13 to five after massive consolidation and re-organization, and all of the remaining players fight with a shrinking and rapidly greying domestic market. That's one of the reasons why Nippon's cell phone makers have been talking about going international for a long time (years after basically all of them gave up on the world market), but now Panasonic seems to be ready to get serious.


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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Zacks Releases Four Powerful ''Buy'' Stocks: Allot Communications ...

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