WATCHING THREE HOURS OF TV A DAY HAS NO DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON CHILDREN

Results published in Archives of Disease in Childhood showed there is no association between watching TV for three hours a day and the effect this has on a child’s emotional development or hyperactivity. Interviews with mothers of over 11,000 children from ages five to seven revealed a 1.3 per cent rise in conduct problems such as fighting or disobedience. Experts say the more harmful effects of watching TV on a child’s development are linked to other social factors. However they also question why children are watching so much TV in the first place.

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More than a million refugees – over half of them children – have been forced to flee violence in Syria and are in desperate of shelter, food and water. Caroline Gluck is currently working in Lebanon and Jordan, where Oxfam is helping Syrian families caught up in the refugee crisis:

Miriam hugged me and planted a kiss firmly on my cheeks, happy to find herself on safe soil. I was at the Jordanian border with Syria, as hundreds of refugees continued to cross to safety, many dodging bullets on the way.

She was clearly relieved, but like most refugees. 50 year-old Miriam’s decision to leave her country was a last resort. It came after she and her family had been forced to hide in the basement of a building after a round of heavy bombing. ‘Thank God we are all alive,’ she told me. But while she and her children made it to safety, her husband, a farmer, refused to join them. T begged him. He said he prefers to die in Syria. I feel my heart won’t be able to stand this, my husband not being with me.’

Every person I speak to in Jordan’s sprawling Zaatari refugee camp, officially home to more than 160,000 refugees, where Oxfam is installing water and sanitation facilities, has their own tale of struggle. It’s hard not to become emotionally affected by heart-wrenching stories like this; stories that literally involve life and death. I’ve been involved in documenting Oxfam’s emergency work for the past four years, travelling all over the world as we respond to different humanitarian crises.

One of the luxuries (or necessities) that I always carry in my bag is a travel yoga mat. Practising yoga helps me to find some quiet space and calmness in the most frenetic of times. It rebalances me and helps me to better manage the stress that piles up during emergency deployments, better able to deal with the new challenges that the next day will inevitably bring. The strong human spirit I see in people at times of crisis always amazes me and gives me more hope for the future.

Oxfam urgently needs more funds to help the thousands of people fleeing Syria every day. You can donate to Oxfam’s Syria appeal: oxfam.org uk/syna or call 0300 200 1999.

OUR ADDICTION TO SUGAR, NOT FAT, IS AT THE HEART OF OBESITY

Leading US doctor, Dr Robert Lustig, has claimed 75% to 80% of all obesity is due to high levels of insulin caused by eating too much sugar. Speaking to the Guardian, he said sugar is addictive and toxic and we need to wean ourselves off. Americans on average consume 22 teaspoons a day and while Dr Lustig does not advocate eradicating sugar entirely from our diets, he does recommend we should be cutting that amount down to less harmful levels: six for women and nine for men. The goal is to get sugar out of foods that don’t need it like salad dressing, bread, barbecue sauce, or put simply. Dr Lustig said, eat real food.”

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