Parenting Through Tragedy and a 24 Hour News Cycle

This morning children went to school in Newtown Connecticut and were slain by a madman. Perhaps an evil man, perhaps both. Children were slain, adults were slain and the preliminary news is horrific. It will actually get worse. Something else will happen, because with the advent of a 24 hour news cycle we will need to fill some gaps. There will be debates about this, there will be stories about how to talk to your children in the wake of a tragedy. There will be debates about gun control and body armor. …

A Little More About Obesity

When I watched this video one of the many striking moments was the bowl full of candy in the classroom. I love that we’re finally acknowledging the link from fatty and sugary foods to obesity and morbidity. Our bodies were built to survive famine, but it’s clear that we don’t survive the feast nearly as well.

Saving Obese Children Surgically?

This Sunday’s New York Times has an article that took my breath away. It follows the journey of a teenage girl who opts for the lap band in order to cure her of morbid obesity. The story is heart wrenching in every way, from the sad fact that a teenage girl would weigh close to 300 pounds to the ultimate failure of the device and our medical system. Currently Allergan is trying to get the FDA to to allow it to market the Lap-Band to patients as young as 14. …

Faux Research Harms Everyone

Last week I told y’all that The University of Washington had settled part of a lawsuit with the founders of Baby Einstein. In paying $175,000 of legal fees they admit that they violated the public records act. This may seem like a ho hum piece of news, but it’s really important for families to understand how research at places like the University of Washington affects our daily lives. Dr. Dimitri Christakis has a website (and a lecture business) where he promotes himself as an International Expert on Media and Child …