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Careers Hit By Second-Born

Having a second baby is more likely to put an end to a mother's career plans than the first child, new research has found. While three-quarters of women return to some form of work after their first child, at least half drop out of work completely when they have a second child. The problem is even greater for mothers who try to have two children close together to minimise the impact on their careers. Dr Diane Houston of the University of Kent studied 400 women over two and a half years. She said that many women could not cope with two children, and they often did not return to work until their youngest child had started school. Even then, they were more likely to take lower-paid or part time jobs. The research follows a recent study which found that a child's long-term prospects may suffer if their mother returned to work before they were five. The study indicated that these children may run a greater risk of developing psychological problems.

Daily Mail

Eating Problems Amongst Students

Twenty per cent of university students suffer from eating disorders, researchers have claimed. A poll by the National Centre for Eating Disorders found that one in five students have a 'severely flawed relationship with food'. The problems could include everything from anorexia and bulimia to compulsive over-eating. The research cited the stress of living away from home and trying to fit into a new environment as the main causes of eating disorders. Deanne Jade, head of the centre, said: 'The management of eating disorders in colleges presents special challenges in view of the disorganised aspects of student lifestyles.'

Daily Express

For more go to Anorexia Nervosa

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Smoking Types Identified

Nicotine patch manufacturer Nicotinell has identified four main types of smoker in its latest research into the habit. The company said that addiction to nicotine is often the only thing these groups have in common. The 'try-hards' group was defined as heavy smokers who believe will-power alone is enough to quit. The 'deluded socialites' are unaware of how much they are smoking because of over-indulgence when they socialise. 'Envious self-doubters' are most jealous of those who quit, while the 'misguided die-hards' have already given up on quitting. The research attempted to identify each category according to sex and region. The 'die-hard' group, for instance, was found to be mostly male and largely based in London.

Daily Express

For more go to Smoking Cessation Q&A

TV Tubs PromoteWeight Problems

The children's TV characters the Teletubbies were yesterday accused of promoting obesity to young children. Dr Gavin Frost, chief medical officer of the insurance company MBF, told a conference in Australia that Western nations are facing a crisis of obese children. He said that more than 60 per cent of overweight children display an increased risk of heart disease, and children as young as 10 could be showing the first signs of the disease. Dr Frost said the question remained whether characters like the Teletubbies are helping to entrench messages that 'being fat and jolly are attributes to aspire to'. However, Dr Wendy Doyle of the British Dietetic Association said it was misguided to blame the Teletubbies. She doubted young children even associated obesity with the characters. 'One of the main reasons why children are fatter these days is because they do not take part in enough physical activity,' Dr Doyle said.

The Independent


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