Weekly Roundup: Eating Placenta & Other Weight Loss Tips

All the Jewish parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.

– Eating placenta (in a vitamin-like capsule, granted) is apparently all the rage (in Brooklyn, at least), New York magazine reports. One proponent-turned-afterbirth-entrepreneur even sells “I Love Placenta” t-shirts. (NY Mag)

– Thanks in large part to advances in reproductive medicine, the rate of multiple births has risen dramatically in recent years. This week, Slate takes a posthumous look at the psychoanalyst who changed the way Western society looks at, and raises, twins. (We’ve got a new personal account of twins, here.) (Slate)

– A new study shows that hiding vegetables in your kids’ favorite meals — a form of deception popularized by Jessica Seinfeld (or was it Missy Chase Lapine?) — goes a long way to curbing children’s caloric intake, and could be a key to fighting childhood obesity. (Science Daily)

– Or there’s always the more heavy-handed approach of reading “Maggie Goes on a Diet” to your youngster. That forthcoming children’s book about an overweight 14-year-old who, through healthy eating and exercise, transforms herself into a svelte soccer star has sparked a debate over whether children as young as four should be encouraged to “diet.” (Time)

– An Australian college professor has some advice for baby-wearing parents: The next time you put on that Bjorn or Snugli or K’tan, make sure your infant is facing toward you. Catherine Fowler told The Daily Mail that outward-facing carriers create “a bombardment of stimulus” that she calls “stressful,” even “cruel,” for infants. (Daily Mail)

– Over at the Forward, Kate Fridkis, a home-schooling ‘alumna’ herself, writes about the (still tiny minority) of Jews who are educated at home by their parents. (Forward)

– This JTA article about new efforts to promote genetic screening contains a jarring statistic, courtesy of Mount Sinai School of Medicine: One out of every 3.3 Ashkenazic Jews living in the New York area is a carrier for at least one Jewish genetic disease. (JTA)

– And finally, a reason not to embrace your inner supermom: Working mothers with unrealistic expectations about ‘doing it all’ are at higher risk for depression than are their counterparts who do not expect to balance seamlessly their professional and child-rearing responsibilities, according to a University of Washington researcher. (Fox)

Gabrielle BirknerGabrielle Birkner is the director of digital media for the Jewish Daily Forward. She is also the founder and editor of the Forward's women's issues blog, The Sisterhood. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, More, Moment, Haaretz and Women's Wear Daily, among other publications.

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