Do we overprotect our children?

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Keeping our children safe is something that probably every parent battles with on a daily basis. But how much independence should we allow them? Do we undermine their development by not allowing them certain freedoms? Are the perceived threats to their wellbeing, certainly out of the home, bigger than the reality

Diets don't work - or do they? We've all known people who've had success losing pounds upon pounds following one diet or another. But what happens long term? Do they maintain their new weight for ever or do they slip back into old patterns, feeling out of control around food, putting the pounds back on, and starting yet another diet. Jane talks to three people with radically different approaches to the question of dieting - Dr Susan Jebb Head of Diet and Population Health at the Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research, Dr John Briffa, author of Escape the Diet Trap and Sue Thomason, a life coach specialising in body image and disordered eating.

Latest figures suggest that as many as 90% of women and girls in Egypt may have suffered female genital mutilation - despite the fact that an official ban was introduced five years ago. One year on from the protests which removed President Mubarak, Newsnight Special Correspondent, Sue Lloyd-Roberts has been to Egypt
to find out how the revolution in the country has affected the lives of women. In one of her reports she talks to women about why female genital mutilation is still so widespread and even interviews one woman who carries out the practice.

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Tue 14 Feb 2012 10:00

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