Many critics this week were decrying the effect proposed legislation might have on women’s health care. Several bills have been proposed recently that would decrease funding or even eradicate the Title X Family Planning program, which Nixon signed into law in 1970 to fund health clinics. One bill would stop all funding to any clinic which provides abortion services, despite the fact that Title X funds have never paid for abortions. Representative Mike Pence of Indiana especially has Planned Parenthood in his sights, and added an amendment to his proposed bill that would strip the organization of all federal funding. 60% of women who go to Title X funded clinics say it is their main source of healthcare.
It was difficult to not notice the change in Aretha Franklin’s weight at Sunday’s Grammys. During a video-linked appearance which accompanied an all-star medley of her music, she was decidedly slimmer than she has been in recent years. She has denied rumors of pancreatic cancer, but has admitted to a recent hospital stay, fueling gossip that she recently underwent gastric bypass surgery.
In other weight loss news, according to a study by the Stanford Center on Longevity, weight loss can be achieved by making small changes at home. The study, which focused on obese children between the ages of 8 and 12, resulted in a 10 percent or more weight loss in 85 percent of the children after six months. What were these changes? Reaching for fruits and veggies instead of junk food at snack time, avoiding television while eating, and using smaller dishes. It’s always great to hear more evidence that what we teach here at Green Mountain works.
Next week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Free resources for educators, community leaders, and parents are available on the NEDAwareness website. Spread understanding and foster positive body image among the people you love.