Philobiblon: Traditional 'wisdom' is anything but...

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Traditional 'wisdom' is anything but...

As the victim of an overweight childhood encouraged by the "it is only healthy baby fat", I was taken by this:

"BREAST-FEEDING mothers have been given potentially harmful advice on infant nutrition for the past 40 years, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has admitted.
Charts used in Britain for decades to advise mothers on a baby’s optimum size have been based on the growth rates of infants fed on formula milk.
... breast-feeding mothers were wrongly told that their babies were underweight and were advised, or felt pressured, to fatten them up by giving them formula milk or extra solids.
Health experts believe the growth charts may have contributed to childhood obesity and associated problems such as diabetes and heart disease in later life."

Then, wives who work are 50 per cent less likely to see their marriages fall apart.

"Wives' economic activity... contributes to the continuing resilience of marriage as a social institution," the study concludes.
...Separate new research on single dads has challenged the accepted wisdom that a woman is always the best partner to bring up the children, with growing numbers of new men becoming self-sufficient fathers."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having been fed up like a prize pig when a child, and having strong opinions about fathers bringing up kids, I really enjoyed reading this article. :-)

4/24/2006 12:32:00 am  
Blogger Natalie Bennett said...

Yes, when I think of some of the things I ate as a small child - sliced bread with cheap margarine layered on to a greater thickness than the bread ... uggghh.

4/24/2006 11:08:00 am  

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