Bailey Mosier Recaps The Major Health News For The Week Of April 1, 2011.
Hi…I’m Bailey Mosier and this is your EmpowHER.com Week in Health.
It seems to be an un-happy birthday for healthcare as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the passage of President Obama’s health care law. Public opinion is mixed on the legislation and the Republican Party recently passed a law in the house that repeals Obamacare.
Obama’s intentions to aide families, small business owners, and the elderly are placing strain on states that are struggling to meet mandated deadlines. Whether or not Obama’s health care reform comes to fruition remains uncertain.
Researchers from the University of California at Berkley have found that sleep deprivation causes more than just moodiness. It also provides short-term euphoria. Which although may sound like a positive thing, can potentially lead to poor judgment and addictive behavior.
The study is particularly relevant when we think about people in high-stress, high-stakes professions who may be making largely significant decisions at a time when they are sleep deprived. Surgeons, for example, going on little sleep may not be best equipped to make rational decisions.
A recent study published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology found that the most powerful influence on women’s appreciation of their bodies is how the believe others view them.
The study’s findings are significant because we now understand that even heavy women can have a good body image if they perceive the important people in their lives to accept them for who they are.
Similarly, women with low body mass indexes might have poor body images if they perceive that influential people don’t accept their appearance.
Researchers highlight the importance of educating partners, friends, family, and the media on accepting others’ bodies and to minimize criticism of others’ appearances.
And good news for candy and chocolate lovers. A new study published in Nutrition Research found that those who indulged their sweet tooth from time to time tend to weigh less, have lower BMI and waist circumferences, and have decreased levels of risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Researchers say that candy’s ability to provide moments of joy and happiness absolutely has a place in people’s lives alongside physical activity and a balanced diet.
That wraps up your EmpowHER Week in Health. Join me here at EmpowHER.com every week as we look at the latest in women’s health.