Wednesday, 16 October 2019

High on ease, low on nutrition: Instant noodle diet harms Asian kids


A diet heavy on cheap, modern food like instant noodles that fills bellies but lacks key nutrients has left millions of children unhealthily thin or overweight in Southeast Asia, experts say.

The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia have booming economies and rising standards of living, yet many working parents do not have the time, money or awareness to steer clear of food hurting their kids.

In those three nations, an average of 40% of children aged five and below are malnourished, higher than the global average of one-in-three, according to a report out Tuesday from UNICEF, the UN children's agency.

"Parents believe that filling their children's stomach is the most important thing. They don't really think about an adequate intake of protein, calcium or fibre," Hasbullah Thabrany, a public health expert in Indonesia, told AFP.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/instant-noodle-diet-harms-asian-kids-nutrition-health-unicef-12001162

You may want to read 1 in 3 young children undernourished or overweight: UNICEF


My 2 cents:
When eating instant noodles, remember to add some vegetables, sprouts, egg or any food that is easy to cook that can provide additional nutrients. Do not add too much of the ingredients that came with the noodles as they are too salty. 

Air pollution is linked to miscarriages in China, study finds


Researchers in China have found a significant link between air pollution and the risk of miscarriage, according to a new scientific paper released Monday (Oct 14).

While air pollution is connected to a greater risk of respiratory diseases, strokes and heart attacks, the new findings could add more urgency to Beijing’s efforts to curb the problem, which has long plagued Chinese cities. Faced with a rapidly aging population, the government has been trying to increase the national birthrate, which dropped last year to the lowest level since 1949.

In a study published in the journal Nature Sustainability, scientists from five Chinese universities examined the rate of “missed abortions” in the first trimester, which can occur in up to 15% of pregnancies. Also known as silent or missed miscarriages, they happen when the fetus has died but there are no physical signs of miscarriage, leading the parents to mistakenly think the pregnancy is progressing normally. Finding out such miscarriages days or weeks later can be quite traumatic for expecting parents.

Read more @ https://www.todayonline.com/world/air-pollution-linked-miscarriages-china-study-finds

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Scientists reveal which genes come from your mom and which you get from your dad


If you have heard someone tell you something like, “You are a copy of your mother,” you should know that this is a false statement.

In fact, we (especially women) are more like our fathers, and not our mothers. Besides, there is a theory that a father’s lifestyle before the conception of the baby, including the food he eats and how he feels, are the basis of the future health of the baby. This article will tell you about the traits that are inherited from the father and which are from the mother.

Read the full article @ https://metrous.co/scientists-reveal-which-genes-come-from-your-mom-and-which-you-get-from-your-dad/