Wednesday November 20, 2019

Appearance Urges Mothers to Diet

The top ten reasons mothers gave for going on a diet are:

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Appearance Urges Mothers to Diet
Appearance Urges Mothers to Diet. Pixabay

Ill-fitting clothes, unflattering photos and health concerns are the top three reasons why mothers are spurred on to lose weight, according to a survey.

New research shows that while a mother’s main priority for family meals is keeping everyone else healthy and happy, when it comes to their own diet, it’s more about how they look and feel, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

The survey, by Wholegrain Goodness, a site that promotes healthy eating, indicates that when mothers stray from their diet, the overwhelming feeling is that of guilt, but other feelings range from feeling fat, to happy, naughty and satisfied.

The top ten reasons mothers gave for going on a diet are:

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Representational image. Pixabay

* Clothes not fitting

* Seeing unflattering photos

* Health reasons

* Having children

* A friend or family member losing weight

* Advice from a doctor or health professional

* Encouragement from a friend or family to lose weight

* A celebrity losing weight

* Something I read in the media

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Commenting on the findings, psychologist Linda Papadopoulos said: “There are a number of factors behind the decision to try to lose weight, and sadly because we live in such a visual and image-driven society it’s no surprise that the results indicate that for many a big motivator is appearance.” (Bollywood Country)

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Study Finds High Incidences of Abuse of New Mothers During Childbirth

The study also found a high number of caesarean sections, vaginal exams and other procedures being performed without the patient's consent

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FILE -- A nurse-midwife speaks to pregnant women. A study published in The Lancet found more than one-third of new mothers in four poor countries are abused during childbirth. VOA

More than one-third of new mothers in four poor countries are abused during childbirth, a study published Wednesday in the medical journal The Lancet.

The study, carried out in Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar and Nigeria by the World Health Organization, found that 42% of the women experienced physical or verbal abuse or some form of stigma or discrimination at maternity health facilities.

The study also found a high number of caesarean sections, vaginal exams and other procedures being performed without the patient’s consent.

Of the 2,016 women observed for the study, 14% said they were either hit, slapped or punched during childbirth. Some 38% of the women said they were subjected to verbal abuse, most often by being shouted at, mocked or scolded.

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The study, carried out in Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar and Nigeria by the World Health Organization, found that 42% of the women experienced physical or verbal abuse or some form of stigma. Pixabay

An alarming 75% had episiotomies performed without consent. The procedure involves surgically enlarging the opening of the vagina.

The authors of the study urged officials to hold those who mistreat women during childbirth accountable. They also urged the governments to put into place clear policies and sufficient resources to ensure that women have a safe place to give birth.

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Among the specific steps proposed by the study are: making sure all medical procedures are performed only after getting an informed consent; allowing the patient to have a companion of their choice in the delivery room; redesigning maternity wards to offer the maximum privacy; and making sure no health facility tolerates instances of physical or verbal abuse. (VOA)