Have you, or anyone you know been effected by HG?
Experts say teen pregnancy is an epidemic in the U.S. (Central NY, Your News Now)
The article states that nearly 1/3 of teenage girls will become pregnant in the US each year. Thanks MTV! OK, so I can't totally blame Teen Mom for their dramatic look at this epidemic. Let's face it kids were getting their "unprotected swerve on" long before shows like this ever existed (I was one of them). But what message is that sending to kids? Long gone are the days of secretly sending your daughter to an Aunt's house for "summer vacation" or being shunned by family and hauled off to a nunnery. Don't get me wrong being a parent when you can't even vote is NOT the worst thing that can happen to you, but it also isn't like buying a pair of shoes and then changing your mind. Today you can get knocked up, have 15 minutes of fame, and be on the cover of Star Magazine. I think the show’s intention might have been to illustrate how difficult it is to balance school, a social life, and oh yea a CHILD, but I feel like that message has gotten lost in the paparazzi photos and red carpet events.
Is our culture to blame for the rise in teen pregnancy?
Poor Women Often Gain Too Many Pregnancy Pounds (Fox News.com)
Wow FOX News, thanks for bringing obvious information to our attention. Apparently a new study conducted by Yale University shows young, lower income women, often gain more weight and tend to hold on to nearly 10% of it a year after delivering. This study included women between the ages of 14-25.
First off let me point out as a mom who gave birth to her first child at 17, and had preeclampsia due to poor eating habits I can understand why they came to this conclusion. Before getting pregnant I could live off of Mc Donald's and Twinkies without gaining a pound. Unfortunately, it was difficult to change those habits once I was with child. I think most 14-year-old's would choose to eat delicious crap over a well balanced diet. As a teen, and young adult, I figured eating A LOT of food (no matter what it was) was better for me and my growing baby then not eating enough. I could've saved Yale of a lot of money by also pointing out that people living in poorer economic conditions are more likely to be over weight because unhealthy food is cheaper, per calorie then nutritious choices. I could buy a dollar bag of potato chips and get 1000 calories, or I can buy the same dollars worth of carrots but only get 250. Add to that equation that most cheap fast foods are packed with refined sugars or obscene amounts of filling carbohydrates and you have a recipe for overweight individual.
Do you think poverty has a negative effect on pregnancy weight gain?