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What's Hot? 02/12/16

Trending Today on Twitter - 2/12/16
1. #SingleLifeIn3Words
2. #5YearsOfNeverSayNever
3. #fridayreads
4. #GroomingSalonNames
5. #MyValentinesDayCommandments
6. New Kings Rd
7. Who Won the Debate
8. Juventud
9. Independence Blvd
10. Make Me Like You
Source: Twitter

Trending Today on Google - 2/12/16
1. Deadpool
2. Gravitational Waves
3. Oregon Standoff
4. Greys Anatomy
5. Batman V Superman
6. Kevin Randleman
7. Scandal
8. Scotty McCreery
9. Hayden Panettiere
10. Whitney Houston
Source: Google

iTunes Top 10 Singles - 2/12/16
1. My House - Flo Rida
2. Work (feat. Drake) - Rihanna
3. Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
4. Stressed Out - twenty one pilots
5. Pillowtalk - Zayn
6. 7 Years - Lukas Graham
7. Hello - Adele
8. Me, Myself & I - G-Eazy x Bebe Rexha
9. Low Life (feat. The Weeknd)
10. Adventures of a Lifetime - Coldplay
Source: iTunes

Top 10 TV Shows in Prime Time - Week Ending 2/7/16
1. Super Bowl 50
2. Super Bowl 50 - Post Gun
3. Super Bowl 50 - Post Game
4. Late Show with Stephen Colbert
5. The Big Bang Theory
6. Republican Debate
7. Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials
8. American Idol - Wednesday
9. Life in Pieces
10. American Idol - Thursday
Source: Nielsen Co.

Trending on YouTube - Teens 13-17 - Today - 2/12/16
1. The All-New Toyota Prius - The Longest Chase
2. High School You vs. Child You! Part 2
3. The Best Kisser I Know - Studio C
4. Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show
5. Mtn Dew Kickstarter - Puppymonkeybaby
Source: YouTube

Top 5 Movies - Last Weekend
1. Kung Fu Panda 3
2. Hail, Caesar!
3. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
4. The Revenant
5. The Choice
Source: Rotten Tomatoes

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Time.

Lately, the news about children and obesity hasn’t been good. That’s because the numbers have been trending in the wrong direction; for years, obesity rates have inched upward, and while they haven’t yet started to drop, they have begun to plateau. But other signs of health trouble, including diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, are also on the rise.

Yet in a study reported in the journal Pediatrics, researchers led by Dr. Marc DeBoer, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia, found encouraging news about some of these obesity-related health conditions. They analyzed data involving about 5,000 teens for signs of metabolic syndrome, a condition that increases risk of heart disease and includes obesity, high blood sugar, high levels of triglycerides (which mostly come from starches and carbohydrates), high blood pressure and low levels of the good cholesterol HDL. Overall, DeBoer found that severity of metabolic syndrome—or how deeply entrenched these risk factors were for the teens—declined between 1999 and 2012, even while their BMI, a measure of height and weight, increased.

The decline in metabolic syndrome could be an encouraging trend for this generation of teens as they become adults. Addressing factors like high blood pressure, cholesterol and weight can significantly lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes later in life.

When the scientists dissected the data more carefully, they found that the decrease in metabolic syndrome could be traced mostly to rises in HDL levels and drops in triglycerides. But does that mean that teens are eating less red and processed meats, which contain lots of saturated fat, and adding more fish and vegetables to their diet, which are high in the heart-healthier HDLs? Are their lower triglyceride levels due to cutting out processed and refined foods, like chips, that are high in carbohydrates?

Maybe, says DeBoer. “There was a consistent drop in the total number of calories consumed among adolescents,” he says. “And there was a consistent drop in the percentage of calories consumed that were carbohydrates, and an increase in the percentage of calories consumed that were from unsaturated fat. All of this is in the direction of recommendations from dietitians and shows that adolescents are starting to move in the right direction of consuming fewer calories, less carbohydrates and more unsaturated fat,” he says.

But before you think that teens have suddenly become docile students of nutritional information, it’s worth noting that the study still doesn’t directly prove that changes in dietary advice in the 2000s have definitely changed teen eating habits. DeBoer notes, for example, that in that same time period, adolescents (and adults) have become more sedentary, so it’s not surprising that they might be consuming fewer calories overall since they aren’t as active. That could explain why teens are eating fewer calories but their BMIs are still climbing upward. The researchers tried to see if exercise levels had any correlation to the metabolic syndrome measures, but the teens were only asked about physical activity during the later years of the study. With the data he did have, DeBoer didn’t see a significant relationship between minutes spent exercising and metabolic syndrome.

But while the government’s concerted effort to promote healthier eating habits by encouraging people to eat more plants, vegetables and fish may not be entirely perfect, it could be having some effect on improving the diets of young people, he says. “I would like to use the data to empower teenagers to tell them this study suggests that lifestyle changes you can make will help your metabolic syndrome severity,” he says. “I hope this motivates adolescents toward a healthier lifestyle.”

Source: Time

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on HealthCanal.

Parents who take the overparenting approach, known as helicopter parenting, are possibly hindering their child’s development by becoming too heavily involved in homework.

A QUT study involving 866 parents from three Brisbane Catholic/independent schools found those who endorse overparenting beliefs tend to take more responsibility for their child doing their homework and also expect their child’s teachers to take more responsibility for it.

“There is concern this greater parental involvement in ensuring homework is completed, particularly in high school, may be impacting the child’s ability to take responsibility for their homework or understand the consequences of their actions,” said QUT Clinical Psychologist Dr Judith Locke.

“The irony is a helicopter parenting style with the goal of fostering academic achievement could be undermining the development of independent and resilient performance in their children.

“Parental involvement in a child’s school experience is considered an important factor in their academic success and homework is a key aspect of that.

"However, it seems some parents may take the notion too far and continue to assist children at an age the child should be taking most of the responsibility for their academic work, such as the senior school years.

“Parental assistance with homework should slowly reduce as a child gets older and daily parental involvement in an adolescent’s homework would be developmentally inappropriate.”

“These parents appear to not only help their child more, they also expect their child’s teachers to help them more, particularly in the middle school and senior school years.

“We know from recent research, that there may be a point where high levels of parental assistance ceases to be beneficial, especially as children reach adolescence and young adulthood, and can result in poor resilience, entitlement and reduced sense of responsibility.”

Dr Locke said studies in America which reported on parental over-involvement in a student’s university life found it to be extremely detrimental.

“Some parents choose their adult child’s subjects, edit or complete their assignments and badger lecturers to improve their child’s grades,” Dr Locke said.

“When parents are making these decisions or providing academic pressure it has been found the adult student disengages from their education and often has increased depression and decreased satisfaction with life.

“The results of our study may go some way to explain why some parents are continuing to be highly involved in their adult child’s academic life.”

The ‘Overparenting and Homework: The Student’s Task, But Everyone’s Responsibility’ study, which used the new Locke Parenting Scale (LPS) overparenting measure, will be published by the Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools.

Participating parents completed online questionnaires about their parenting beliefs and intentions, and their attitudes associated with their child’s homework.

“Parental help can be constructive by showing interest and coaching them to complete their work, but unconstructive assistance includes telling a child the right answer or taking over from them when they are completing school tasks,” Dr Locke said.

Source: HealthCanal