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Contagious Weight Loss, Science Career Drop-outs and Food Freedom for Children -- HER Week in Health

By Bailey Mosier
 
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In this week's edition of EmpowHER's, "HER Week In Health", we learn how weight loss can be contagious just like a virus. We also learn why women in science-based careers exit their profession and children who feed themselves develop healthier dietary habits as they age.

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Week in Health.

We know that viruses are contagious, but in this week’s edition, we learn how weight loss can be too. We also learn why women in science-based careers exit their profession and children who feed themselves develop healthier dietary habits as they age. Have a look.

According to a new study published in the journal Obesity, researchers found that having weight loss teammates can significantly influence each other’s success.

The findings are based on the results of a 2009 12-week online weight loss competition of more than 3,000 adults where teams could compete against other teams in three divisions: weight loss, physical activity and pedometer steps.

The researchers found that participants who said their teammates played a large role in their weight loss actually lost the most weight, and researchers hope we can use these findings to create a social environment to help encourage additional weight loss.

Researchers from Cornell University found that women with advanced degrees in math-intensive academic fields drop out of fast-track research careers at a rate twice that of men. Not because they can’t hang, but because of motherhood.

Researchers analyzed data related to the academic careers of women and men with and without children in academic fields and found that before becoming mothers, women have careers equivalent to or better than men's.

But just the plan to have children in the future is associated with women exiting the scientific careers, not because women’s performance is devalued or they are shortchanged during interviewing and hiring.

Researchers from the University of Nottingham in England found that letting children as young as 20 months feed themselves can instill healthier dietary habits as they age and reduces their overall risk for obesity.

Researchers analyzed 155 children aged 20 months to six and a half years and found that those who were allowed to feed themselves as opposed to being spoon-fed were more likely to eat a healthier diet and maintain a normal weight as they got older.

The researchers controlled for other factors such as birth weight, parents' weight or economic status and still found that children who fed themselves developed healthier habits with age.

That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Week in Health. Join me here at EmpowHER.com every Friday for the latest in women’s health.

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