Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Forum: Don't let social media rule our lives

Social media brings about benefits, but we often overlook its hidden complications.

There are many reasons to use social media - fear of missing out and seeking validation. It has bred in us a strong need to update the world about everything - where we are, what we are doing and whom we are meeting.

However, we must realise that it can also make us feel jealous of being left out. It can even lower self-esteem and lead to depression.

With social media, we neglect making meaningful connections in the real world. We focus so much on building our online selves that we forget our true selves.

Ironically, social media is not bringing us closer. We might know more people, but less about each of them. Most importantly, social media is not an accurate portrayal of reality, so we should not let the highlight reel of those whose lives do not even concern us affect us. The problem is not with using social media, but with how we let it influence us.

Yang Yizhen, 16

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Add more plants, and less meat to your meals. Here is why

Animal agriculture, is incredibly inefficient. You need nine calories of feed to produce just one calorie of meat, even for the most efficient animal. Using animals to produce food is a form of food waste.

The treatment of animals constitutes another reason some people are increasing their consumption of plant foods.

As important as environment and animal welfare issues are, health may be the primary motivation driving this shift towards plant-based foods.

Research demonstrates how eating plants can boost our health by raising antioxidant levels, lowering weight and cholesterol, and reducing risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers and dementia.

Whatever the reason, it is encouraging to see people around the world taking steps on this path to healthier living and a greener planet. But more should consider changing to a more plant-based and less meat diet, as it could also help them fulfil their roles as responsible citizens of the world.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/why-you-should-add-more-plants-and-less-meat-to-your-meals-10925952

Should parents worry if their child is too short?

Dr Andrew Sng, an associate consultant specialising in child development at the National University Hospital’s Division of Paediatric Endocrinology, has seen an increase of about 20% in the number of referrals for height-related issues since last year.

This could be because when parents compare their children with others and find that theirs is the shortest in class, they would consult a doctor to find out if anything is wrong, said Dr Sng.

But how many of them have a genuine medical issue? “From my experience, it’s very rare,” he said.

Factors such as genetics, poor nutrition and a deficiency in certain hormones can affect a child’s growth, said senior consultant Loke Kah Yin, the head of paediatric endocrinology at the NUH, in a TODAY report last year.

But generally, if a child is growing at least 4cm to 6cm a year, there should be little cause for concern, explained Dr Sng.

Read more on ways to help a child grow @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/cnainsider/parents-worry-child-short-growth-hormone-treatment-10964470

My 2 cents:
The older generations believed in pregnant women eating tonic food to have strong babies. Maybe they were right. Nutrients are important for a child's growth, and it could tie to the height of the baby.

Regular exercisers have the hearts and muscles of people decades younger than them

Physically fit pensioners have almost identical muscles to 25-year-olds, a study has found.

Experts from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, studied 28 people over 70 who have been exercising consistently since the 1970s to determine how staying active can offset the physical decline associated with ageing.

The results, published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, also noted those who work-out regularly shave 30 years of their body's 'biological' age compared to their peers.

Interestingly, the subjects were not athletes, but people who adopted fitness into their lifestyle during the exercise boom of the 1970s.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6417443/Regular-exercisers-hearts-muscles-people-decades-younger-them.html

Tidy teenagers live longer if they are also orderly, mature and calm

Tidy teenagers live longer, research suggests.

neat and tidy desk

In a study of more than 26,000 secondary-school students spanning 48 years, scientists discovered orderly adolescents who are mature, calm and empathetic are more likely to live into their 60s.

Immaturity and impulsiveness as a teenager may set bad 'health habits' that 'wear and tear' on a person's immune system and heart over time, according to the US researchers.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6413143/Tidy-teenagers-live-longer-study-finds.html