Decision to ban unrealistic body images has merit, but presents challenges

The images are nearly impossible to avoid – stick-thin women and bulked-up men posing in magazines, on billboards and shared through social media. Many are featured in ads for any variety of products, but their bodies – unrealistic and unattainable for most people – sell a different message.

It’s for this reason that the mayor of London decided to ban all ads of “unrealistic body images” from the city’s public transportation system. The decision is one Alison St. Germain, a registered dietitian and clinician for Iowa State University’s Dietetics Internship program, fully supports and applauds.

4-H alums credit youth program with launching human sciences careers

Eulanda Sanders, Iowa State’s Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing, credits the 4-H Youth Program with launching her career in the fashion industry. Photo by Kent Davis.

As Iowa teens this week participate in the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference at Iowa State University, they’ll pledge their heads to clearer thinking, their hearts to greater loyalty, their hands to larger service, and their health to better living, not only for themselves, but also their communities and beyond.

For a number of 4-H alumni, that commitment to head, heart, hands, and health led them to pursue a career in human sciences.

“4-H really set a foundation for my life,” said Eulanda Sanders, Iowa State’s Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing and the College of Human Sciences’ equity adviser. “It’s a fabulous organization. Often, when I have 4-H’ers in class, it’s evident. They possess attention for detail, good communication skills, inquisitiveness, and a willingness to take risks.”

Harsh parenting, food insecurity predicts obesity for young women

Iowa State researchers (l-r) Tricia Neppl, Brenda Lohman, and Meghan Gillette — pictured at The SHOP, a student-run, on-campus food pantry —
have published a new study relating harsh parenting and food insecurity to obesity. Photo by Kent Davis.

The adolescent years can be full of changes, whether physical, emotional, or familial. A new study by Iowa State University researchers suggests that when these years include prolonged periods of food insecurity coupled with harsh parenting practices, females are prone to obesity in early adulthood.

“When females who are normal weight in their early adolescence experience food insecurity, something is happening in their bodies,” said Brenda Lohman, a professor in human development and family studies and the study’s lead author. “This sets them on a path toward increased weight gain, so by the time they are 23, they are more likely to be overweight or obese.”

New book features Iowa State leaders in family and consumer sciences

Laura Dunn Jolly, the incoming dean and Dean’s Chair of the College of Human Sciences, is one of at least 15 from Iowa State featured in a new book that recognizes those who have made significant contributions in family and consumer sciences. Photo by Ryan Riley.

At least 15 Iowa State University leaders are featured in a new book that recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the field of family and consumer sciences.

Bad behavior may not be a result of bad parenting, but a lack of common language

New research led by Thomas Schofield, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, suggests that a language barrier can have negative consequences for adolescent self-control and aggressive behavior. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

Most parents will admit that talking with a teenage child is difficult at times. It is even more challenging when parents and children don’t speak the same language fluently — a reality for a growing number of immigrant families in the United States.

New research from Iowa State University suggests this language barrier can have negative consequences for adolescent self-control and aggressive behavior. 

Cyclone Aides welcome incoming students and their families

Cynthia Reyes, a sophomore in elementary education, and Erick Estrada-Flores, a junior in elementary education, work with incoming Iowa State freshmen and their families as Cyclone Aides during summer orientation. Contributed photo.

More than 40 Iowa State University students — including seven from the College of Human Sciences — are this month serving as Cyclone Aides and coordinators during orientation, welcoming incoming students and their families to campus and setting them up for success.

“It’s so rewarding to interact with families and welcome them into Iowa State,” said Erick Estrada-Flores, a senior in elementary education. “I love working with them and making their day even more enjoyable.”

Iowa State students shine in internships across the nation

Mason Finn, (back row, standing, third from the left), a junior in athletic training, observes a rookie minicamp as part of his internship with the Dallas Cowboys. Contributed photo.

More than 300 Iowa State University students — in areas ranging from culinary food science to athletic training, apparel, event management, and extension and outreach — are gaining valuable work experience this summer through internships in Iowa and across the globe.

Future elementary instructor still learning lessons from former third-grade teacher

Jean O’Brien (left) presented Lindsey Spratt with a light-blue cord at this year’s teacher education cording ceremony. O’Brien was Spratt’s third-grade teacher. Contributed photo.

When Lindsey Spratt arranges her classroom for her first teaching job at Ballard East Elementary School in Cambridge, Iowa, this fall, she’ll fulfill a life-long dream.

“I always wanted to be a teacher,” Spratt said. “I looked up to my teachers.”

Spratt graduated this spring from Iowa State University with a degree in elementary education. She was among 191 teacher education graduates who took part in the university’s third cording ceremony, celebrating completion of the educator preparation academic program and induction into the teaching profession.

Low-income, rural mothers express need for family time outdoors

Kimberly Greder, an Iowa State associate professor in human development and family studies, wants families outdoors. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Low-income mothers from rural communities say participating in outdoor activities as a family is a primary need for their physical and emotional well-being.

But a new paper co-authored by Iowa State University‘s Kimberly Greder and published in the Journal of Leisure Research demonstrates many of these families aren’t getting time together.

Iowa State students increase middle schoolers’ excitement about reading

Shannon Iskowitz, a senior in elementary education, helps Jerri Heid, the youth services manager at the Ames Public Library, tally scores at the sixth-grade Battle of the Books. Contributed Photo.

Iowa State University students are helping middle schoolers get excited about reading through a challenge called Battle of the Books.

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