Monday Mashup: Pregnant Athlete Busts Myths and More
Every week, we scour the web to bring you interesting bits and pieces from around the world. Enjoy!
Busting Myths, Breaking Barriers
For anyone who hasn’t seen this video of Olympian Alysia Montano competing in a US national race while 8 months pregnant, watch it now. It’s an inspiration, as well as food for thought — she has some great things to say about health, exercise, and managing a career during pregnancy.
Social Media Limits
This article from LSE’s Department of Media and Communication is especially appropriate during The Swaddle’s social media week, but parents will relate to it anytime. It’s a round-up of parents’ approaches to limiting children’s social media use and a critique on what works.
We Feel What We Eat?
A recent study suggests that eating junk food may contribute to depression. Foods with added sugar, researchers found, were strongly linked to depression in subjects. More research is needed to clarify the connection, but the insight could provide a small piece of the puzzle in treating the condition.
The Eye of The Beholder
This fascinating exploration of beauty norms explores how and why definitions of beauty have changed over the years and vary between cultures. Symmetry has long been held to be the link that connects the many different versions of beauty, but new research is showing that isn’t even true any more.
Unused Embryos Spark New Debate
As the assisted-pregnancy market (IVF) matures, the US is faced with hundreds of thousands frozen embryos, unused by the people to whom they belong. This article explores how the debate about when life begins has shifted, and what people are choosing to do with their leftover embryos.