The host of Chelsea Lately says she had an abortion when she was sixteen years old and doesn’t regret it for a moment. She said on The Rosie Show: “I was so delusional. I was like, ‘I’m ready for a baby.’ I was trying to argue with them and they were like, ‘You don’t understand. You’re throwing your entire life away. You’re not having a child right now’. I wouldn’t be a good mother. You should do whatever you want with your body and you shouldn’t let anyone tell you what to do.” We recently featured a powerful story of one woman’s abortion right here. It’s important to be open and honest.
Some 30 per cent of Australians work more than 45 hours per week and some 61 per cent of women say they are often or almost always rushed or pressed for time, compared with 47 per cent of men. Whichever way you look at it, Australians don’t seem to be getting the hang of the work life balance. But whose fault is that? round 37 per cent of workers say they are expected to put work ahead of their families or personal lives. Ouch. A new book, Time Bomb, looks at the gradual shift in work/life culture as it relates to harried Aussies. Working from home wasn’t necessarily a solution either. One woman quoted in the book said: “Since I’ve been able to work from home, I’ve probably been doing a bit more than what’s required.” Flexible hours, part-time work, telecommuting and technology have not lived up to their promise of liberating workers from the daily grind. Instead, they have allowed work to encroach on home life, leaving many workers at breaking point, said Professor Barbara Pocock, director of the Centre for Work + Life at the University of South Australia, who wrote Time Bomb with colleagues Natalie Skinner and Philippa Williams. Some suggestions for a better balance include increasing public transport efficiency (and therefore commute times) and regulating working hours better. What say you?
Children as young as nine have been hospitalised for extreme weight loss, an increasing phenomenon that doctors say can be traced back to ‘too much’ of a focus on anti-obesity campaigns. News.com.au reported: The phenomenon has been seen by Victoria’s three leading paediatric services, with doctors hospitalising children who have lost up to a third of their body weight over a few months in an irrational desire to stay thin. Royal Children’s Hospital chair of adolescent health Susan Sawyer said this eating disorder, affecting children at the upper end of the healthy weight range, was only starting to be documented. “When you’re older and overweight it’s a very simple message that weight loss is good for you,” Prof Sawyer said “The difficulty with young people is that even if they are moderately overweight, they are still growing height-wise and are at risk of over-interpreting public health messages of ‘low fat is good’ to suggest that ‘no fat is better’. For all intents and purposes, these adolescents have anorexia nervosa in terms of how unwell they are, the distorted body image and the amount of weight loss, but they are at a normal weight. This is very new.”