BEWARE OF WEE DOG
Why do small dogs and bad attitude just seem to go together? The Sydney Morning Herald highlights a new study indicating that tiny pooches may suffer from the canine equivalent of short man syndrome. Researchers at the University of Sydney recently scrutinized owners’ reports of more than 8,000 dogs and concluded that regardless of breed, the smaller dogs were more likely to exhibit aggressive or unruly behaviour. “Essentially, the shorter the dogs the less controllable their behaviour is for their owners,” said professor Paul McGreevy. “Undesirable behaviours such as owner aggression or mounting occur more often among small dogs.”
Weight worries for young women begin earlier than ever these days. BBC News reports that recent statistics reveal that roughly 12 per cent of 13-year-old British girls are currently “terrified” of putting on extra pounds. The study, from University College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, focused on eating disorders and conducted interviews with more than 7,000 British schoolchildren. One in three girls were “distressed” by their current body shape, while an alarming 26 per cent admitted to “eating disorder behaviours,” including fasting in an attempt to stay slim. And the results don’t bode well for their future. “Quite a large portion will develop full-blown eating disorders,” predicted lead researcher Nadia Micali. “Maybe more than half.”
Be impressed by a celebrity’s fame or good looks, but don’t look to them for health advice. The Winnipeg Free Press reports on research showing that most health and lifestyle advice from the rich and famous runs counter to the opinions of real medical professionals. The McMaster University study identified the “halo effect,” in which celebrities are given a cloak of trustworthiness extending beyond their expertise. Among celebs cited in the report was model-actress Jenny McCarthy, who has made repeated claims that childhood vaccinations cause autism and other disabilities. “She clearly has no expertise in health issues,” said researcher Steven Hoffman. “I mean, she’s most famous for being a former Playboy model.”
THOUGHT DU JOUR
We are ever dying to one world and being born into another.
Henry David Thoreau, author and naturalist (1817-1862)