U.S. Suppresses Breastfeeding Resolution

The World Health Assembly recently gathered to deliberate.

According to reports published on Sunday, the U.S. has sought to suppress a World Health Assembly resolution that advocates for breastfeeding and discourages ads that are promoting formula. As Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association points out, “Scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports breastfeeding and its many health benefits for both child and mother.”  

The American Academy of Pediatrics says that breastfeeding is recommended as the "sole source of nutrition" for a child’s first six months and can be carried out for "as long as both mother and baby desire it." Research has shown that breast milk may protect infants from developing urinary tract infections, some types of cancer, childhood obesity, and other illnesses. For the mother, breastfeeding can potentially lower rates of breast and ovarian cancer, help return the uterus to its pre-pregnancy size, stave off postpartum bleeding, and promote a speedy recovery. 

While the decision to breastfeed is personal and many women choose formula, advocacy groups are hoping that women who choose to breastfeed can be fully protected by the law.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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