Lunch Box Peer Pressure, Plus the Realities of Male Menopause

What's buzzing on the health boards this week

The kids are back in school and with it comes peer pressure of a different kind: Having the same snacks as your friends. On the Kids Eating Healthy board, ishagirl, who tries to pack a healthful lunch for her kids, finds herself struggling with her daughter, who wants all the sugar-laden treats that her friends eat, like green and purple Trix yogurt. Mom does her best to offer similar, more nutritious options, but her daughter is still balking. How do you handle your kids’ begging?

Izzyandalexsmommy found that some tough-love techniques dialed down her kids’ complaints. “I have for the most part told whichever kid was complaining to get over themselves. We also noticed a significant drop in begging once we got rid of cable. There are so many things my kids don't even notice, because they didn't see the commercial for it,” she says.

Nathanielsmom110100 takes the creative route, making fruit kabobs with dipping sauce, or finding the organic equivalent of high-sugar treats. “My son wanted those yogurt tubes, too, so I bought the Horizon Organic Tuberz yogurts. Of course, they are treats and I reserve them for his lunchbox. At home, we eat yogurt with fresh or frozen fruit in it, but I don't mind sending those to school with him.”

Do your kids beg for the foods their friends are eating? Join the discussion on the Kids Eating Healthy board.

There’s been a lot of talk in the news these days about male menopause -- a controversial condition also known as testosterone deficiency, andropause and late-onset hypogonadism. The Today show’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman recently sat down with Matt Lauer to discuss the myths and realities of the condition. According to the Mayo Clinic, men lose about one percent of their testosterone every year beginning at the age of 30. By the age of 70, their testosterone could be 50 percent lower. This could account for decreased sex drive, as well as reduced mood and energy levels. In a newly exposed letter to his wife, even Mel Gibson wondered if mid-life hormonal changes could be causing his bizarre behavior. On the Sexual Health board, iVillage women weigh in on whether they believe male menopause is a true or made-up diagnosis.

iVillage member moonlightnroses says she has witnessed male menopause in the man she lives with, and knows several men who are getting testosterone shots to up their flagging hormone levels.

Nhgal2006 is also convinced that male menopause can impact a man’s mood and behavior. “I believe my husband has gone through something along the same lines. Losing all sexual desire and being depressed didn't help. His doctor told him that that is what happens when one gets older.”

What’s your take on male menopause? Chime in below.

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