Tuesday, April 3, 2012

RE: Patt Morrison for Wednesday April 4, 2012


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

1-3 p.m.




1:06 –1:58:30 OPEN


2:06 – 2:39:00

Is early puberty the new ‘normal?’
Studies have shown that girls are developing breasts earlier and that has some researchers befuddled because early breast development is one of the three indicators that signal the beginning of puberty. So when the other two indicators, pubic hair and the first period,

are absent, what does it mean and what’s causing the phenomenon? Obesity is a causal factor – overweight girls are more likely to start puberty early. Diet is also suspect… some studies have shown that exposure to estrogen-like compounds in food have led to early puberty. These “estrogen mimics” include the compound BPA, and 93 percent of Americans have traces of BPA in their bodies. Stress caused by family strife has also been shown to lower the age of the onset of puberty. What are the causes of early puberty in our nation’s children? And can – and should parents fight what may be a new ‘normal?”




Researcher from Kaiser Permanente

Marcia Herman-Giddens, researcher, Duke University

Robert Lustig, researcher Benioff Children’s Hospital



2:41:30 – 2:58:30

Journey to the center of your closet: what your clothes reveal about you

Why are our closets stuffed with jeans that are too small, outfits that are out of style, boxes of shoes we bought but never wear?  Why do we go out and spend money on clothes that look exactly like the ones we already have? Why can we never seem to throw anything away (are you really going to wear those toe shoes again)?  Our relationship with our clothes says a lot about our relationship with ourselves.  What we wear sends a clear message to others about who we are – or who we want to be.  Hoping to relive your college days in that miniskirt or babydoll dress?  Planning to slim down to that size four that’s been hanging in your closet for years, tag still attached?  Stuck in sweatpants and “mom jeans” while envying your more stylish friends?  With her unique brand of closet therapy, Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner diagnoses the deeper issues that keep us in a fashion rut, trigger an episode of overshopping or send us into a panic while dressing for work.  And she offers a course of fashion remedies to refresh your wardrobe as well as your outlook.  What’s in your closet?



Jennifer Baumgartner, author of “You Are What You Wear”







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