Health Buzz: Most Small Babies Catch Up to Normal Weights

Work, life, and the attempt to do it all; brown bag lunch: turning leftovers into salad


Study: Most Slow-Growing Babies Catch Up in Adolescence

Good news for concerned parents of slow-growing babies: These infants will likely reach "normal" weights by the time they're teenagers, if not sooner. Researchers analyzed the data of more than 11,000 children who took part in a study in the 1990s. About 500 of these children were slow to gain weight in the first eight weeks of their lives, but caught up to their peers by age two. Another 480 children were slow to gain weight between eight weeks and nine months, but did slowly add weight until age seven. These children had growth spurts between ages 7 and 10, and eventually "caught up" to normal weight standards by 13, although they were still a bit lighter and shorter than their peers. Hopefully, this research will ease the minds of parents, said Alan Edmond, lead study author and professor of community child health at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, told the BBC. "In the past, a lot of parents have been caused a lot of unnecessary anxiety by health professionals, and this is a positive and reassuring message." This study was published today in the journal Pediatrics.

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  • Work, Life, and the Attempt to Do it All

    At one time, the concept of "work-life balance" seemed to promise a holy grail for meeting the demands of modern life. But that ideal of having it all, particularly for women, for whom the pressures of family responsibilities still loom largest, has been increasingly, and publicly, denounced. "There's no such thing as work-life balance," Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said last year in the AOL/PBS video series MAKERS: Women Who Make America. Sandberg said she would pump breast milk during conference calls and dismiss the wooshing noise as a jackhammer outside. "There's work, and there's life, and there's no balance," she said. A few months later, in Anne-Marie Slaughter's tell-all for the Atlantic, she described leaving her "foreign-policy dream job" to tend to her family, particularly a troubled son whom her hectic schedule only permitted seeing on weekends.

    These stories sparked plenty of buzz about work-life balance. But they are just examples of a conundrum that affects us all. Given today's tethers of technology, we remain "on call," even as we struggle to slay the eternal to-do list.

    "We end up caught in the cycle of responsiveness," says Leslie Perlow, a Harvard Business School professor and author of Sleeping With Your Smartphone: How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work. [Read more: Work, Life, and the Attempt to Do it All]

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      Happy Monday, everyone! Can you believe that February is almost over? It's been so cold and gloomy that I'm sure most of us can appreciate that spring is less than a month away, writes U.S. News blogger Keri Glassman. Mondays are a little like spring. They're each week's new beginning, when we can forgive and forget any weekend slip-ups and get back on track with our healthy habits. Many of us fall into that cycle of amping up our health habits at the beginning of the new week, month, season, or year. But why wait until then to be the best you? Make a commitment to your health now. That's my challenge for you all today and during this last week of February: Make new goals, or revisit to the resolutions you set out to conquer on January 1. And don't forget that we're in this together! Follow this blog, in which I describe what members of my nutrition practice, Nutritious Life, are bringing to lunch. Hopefully, you'll love our delicious and filling foods, and be surprised at just how easy it can be to eat healthfully all year long.

      Today, I'll let you peek into my lunch bag.

      What's in the bag?

      A salad of mozzarella, tomato, roasted chicken breast, and spinach; a green tea bag

      What's your favorite part of the meal?