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2023

Disney Princesses: Are They Good or Bad for Your Child's Self-Image?

Disney Princesses: Are They Good or Bad for Your Child`s Self-Image?WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For parents worried about how Disney princesses might impact their child's self-image, a new study is saying, “Let it go.”“In children's media, about 60% of the characters are men and boys, they're male. And Disney princesses are probably one of the more visible and more well-known examples of media, made for children specifically, that's focused on female characters and women's stories,” said study author Jane Shawcroft, a doctoral student researcher at the University of California, Davis. “And so even though Disney princesses get criticized a lot for being really thin or for being really heavily gender stereotyped, we wanted to think about … the nuance there and does this affect children, given the context of the broader media...

Kids Have Already 'Normalized' Gender Roles by...

12 September 2023
Kids Have Already `Normalized` Gender Roles by Preschool, Study FindsTUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- So much for the powerful feminist messaging in the new Barbie movie.Director Greta Gerwig’s feminist interpretation of Barbie depicted the fashion dolls as judges, surgeons, naval officers, astronauts and U.S. Presidents in Barbie World, and it resonated. The Barbie movie broke box office records this summer.But new research shows most people are not living in this re-imagined Barbie world. Parents in China and the United States are still modeling old-fashioned gender roles such as mom doing the cooking and cleaning and dad working outside of the home, and kids are picking up on this and normalizing it at very young ages, new research shows.“What we do in the home matters,” said study author Allegra Midgette, an assistant professor in...

Melatonin for Kids: Is it Safe? How to Help School...

9 September 2023
Melatonin for Kids: Is it Safe? How to Help School Children Get Good SleepSATURDAY, Sept. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Lots of parents are giving their children the supplement melatonin to help with sleep, but is it safe? In a new survey, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) found that 46% of parents -- what it called a “shocking number” -- have given melatonin to children under the age of 13. About 30% gave their teenager melatonin to aid in sleep.Yet, there is little evidence that melatonin helps with insomnia in children, the AASM said. A natural hormone that helps regulate the body’s internal clock, melatonin may seem like a simple solution, the AASM said. Yet the organization noted important safety concerns. Parents should talk to a health care professional before giving melatonin or any supplement to children, the AASM advised. Melatonin...

Survey Shows American Men Less Healthy Than They Believe

7 September 2023
Survey Shows American Men Less Healthy Than They BelieveTHURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Most American men think they’re leading a healthy lifestyle, possibly picturing themselves as a Hollywood leading man type.But their actual health habits are those of a schlubby sidekick, a new Cleveland Clinic survey reveals.The national poll found that four out of five (81%) American men believe they are leading a healthy lifestyle. But nearly half do not get a yearly physical (44%) and do not take care of their mental health (44%), researchers found.Only half said they follow a healthy diet (51%), and about a quarter (27%) admit to being couch potatoes who watch TV more than five hours a day, on average.“What they found was that the majority of men in the survey really felt like they were living a very healthy lifestyle,” said Dr....

Boosting Their Creativity Helps Kids Face Life's Challenges, Study Finds

6 September 2023
Boosting Their Creativity Helps Kids Face Life`s Challenges, Study FindsWEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Just like adults, kids face daily stressors.Luckily, a new study suggests that teaching them creative thinking can help them manage it all.Researchers found that when school-age children learned some "narrative creativity" techniques -- such as shifting your perspective and imagining "what if" scenarios -- they quickly became better problem-solvers.After a week-long creativity camp, or even just a single lesson, kids showed more confidence in their ability to face life's daily problems and come up with a "plan B" when necessary.The study was small, based on 60 kids attending the same summer camp. But experts said the findings just make sense.When kids can think flexibly, they are less likely to "panic" in the face of challenge, said study...
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