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Overweight? You might be getting paid less, study says

new study from researchers at LinkedIn suggests workers who are overweight get paid less than their slimmer counterparts.

>> On AJC.com: One-third of all humans are now overweight — and American children are leading the way

The findings are part of a survey involving 4,000 workers in the United Kingdom. 

Survey respondents who classified as obese reported earning an average £1,940 ($2,512) less per year than those with healthy BMIs, according to the study. Twenty-five percent of overweight individuals — and one-third who were obese — said they believed their size held them back from a promotion. More than half (53 percent) of overweight workers said they felt left out of their work teams due to their weight.

>> On AJC.com: Very high or low BMI levels can kill you, study suggests

The disparities were even larger when considering age and gender. According to the survey, obese or overweight women are more likely to receive a lower salary than men of the same weight. That gender gap, the study found, was £8,919 ($11,547).

Younger workers aged 16-24 feel the most self-conscious about their weight in the workplace.

Plus-size bloggers like Stephanie Yeboah and Lottie L’Amour are working to transform the conversation and increase awareness of prejudices obese and overweight individuals face in the workplace.

>> On AJC.com: Georgia adult, teen obesity rates among worst in America

“The LinkedIn community has a number of groups and discussions on this topic, and we are pleased Stephanie and Lottie are opening up the conversation,” LinkedIn spokesperson Ngaire Moyes told Insider. "We hope more members will be encouraged to take part in the discussion about how it affects them and how size bias can be tackled."

This isn’t the first study to highlight pay differences based on a worker’s weight.

“Prior studies generally have found that obese workers have lower wages and that the wage reductions cannot be explained by variation in worker productivity,” according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. “The underlying implication is that obese workers, particularly women, face significant labor market discrimination.”

>> On AJC.com: Obesity linked to 11 types of cancer as overweight population grows, study says 

A survey of 500 hiring professionals last year even found that being overweight can weigh down career prospects. When the professionals were shown an image of an overweight woman and asked if they’d consider hiring her, only 15.6 percent said they would. About 20 percent even characterized the woman as lazy or unprofessional.

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“The standards for physical appearance are stricter for women than men,” Kelly Brownell, the dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, told Moneyish. “Women are more likely to be evaluated on their physical appearance.”

Researchers in 2010 found that “very heavy” women made $19,000 less than their colleagues of “average weight.” Those who were “very thin” earned $22,000 more, on average. The study, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, also found that a weight gain of 25 pounds was associated with an annual salary decrease of $14,000 per year.

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More than 2.2 billion people around the world — about a third of the planet’s population — are estimated to be overweight. And 10 percent of the global population is considered obese.

Being overweight is defined as having a body mass index between 25 and 29.9. Obese individuals have a BMI above 30.

More about the LinkedIn study at thisisINsider.com.

Spanking children is harmful and ineffective, pediatricians group warns

To spank or not to spank? A group of pediatricians is against it, according to a new report.

>> On AJC.com: If you don't spank a child, how can you stop the tantrums?

Researchers from the American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a new policy statement, published in the Pediatrics journal, to recommend “healthy forms of discipline” to parents. 

The new statement comes 20 years after the 1998 recommendation, which encouraged parents to use discipline methods other than spanking. 

In the latest one, the experts said corporal punishment, defined as “any punishment in which physical force is issued and intended to cause some degree of pain or discomfort,” was minimally effective. 

“For many children, spanking increases aggression and anger instead of teaching responsibility and self-control,” the team wrote.

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They also noted corporal punishment was associated with physical injury, increased aggression in school and a raised risk of mental health disorders, among other issues, which was all based on several studies they reviewed.

Furthermore, the pediatricians encouraged parents to employ other forms of discipline, “such as positive reinforcement of appropriate behaviors, setting limits, redirecting, and setting future expectations,” the authors explained. 

They also said different forms of discipline may work best for different age groups.

For children under age 1, they said parents should move the child to another area to distract them since they don’t yet have the ability to learn rules. As for toddlers and preschoolers, try time-outs. And for older children, parents are advised to allow the natural consequences of misbehavior to play out.

“This advice will be most helpful if it is combined with teaching parents new strategies to replace their previous use of corporal punishment,” the AAP said. “Appropriate methods for addressing children’s behavior will change as the children grow and develop increased cognitive and executive function abilities.”

>> On AJC.com: Here's what happens when a country bans spanking

Want to learn more? Read the full assessment here

Georgia officials reject white supremacist rally at Stone Mountain

White supremacists had planned on capitalizing on the international attention drawn to Atlanta during Super Bowl LIII to stage a rally at Stone Mountain next February, but the Georgia body that oversees the park said no.

In a Nov. 7 letter, the Stone Mountain Memorial Association denied a permit to “Rock Stone Mountain II” organizers Greg Calhoun and John Estes citing a “clear and present danger” to public safety. Calhoun and Estes were among those behind the original Rock Stone Mountain, a 2016 “white power” rally that drew a handful of Confederate flag-waving white supremacists and hundreds of counter-protesters who clashed with police for hours, eventually shutting down the park.

>> On AJC.com: Facebook page jokes Stone Mountain’s Confederate monument will ‘implode’

“Based on the previous violent event held by your organization on April 23, 2016, as well as your acknowledgement of potential violence in the permit application comments, the Stone Mountain Park Department of Public Safety does not have the available resources to protect not only the members of your organization but the Park employees and general public,” association CEO Bill Stephens wrote.

News of the park’s decision coincides with the annual release of the FBI’s hate crime statistics which show a 17 percent increase in bias crimes in 2017 over the prior year. The new report tallied more than 7,000 hate crimes, more than half of which involved racial prejudice. It was the third straight year of increases in bias crimes, the FBI reported.

>> On AJC.com: Whose images are depicted in granite on the side of Stone Mountain?

In their application, Calhoun and Estes described the event as a “non partisan gathering … to call attention to the efforts of the extreme left and Communists to remove history and monuments of the American people. This includes the NAACP seeking to remove the Stone Mountain carving.”

Calhoun is a Cedartown resident and self-admitted member of the Ku Klux Klan. Estes is a white supremacist with a history of arrests and imprisonment for offenses ranging from shoplifting to burglary to stalking. Both men have been involved in protests at Stone Mountain since the 2015 massacre of black church members in Charleston by a white supremacist put the Confederate flag and memorials in the cultural cross hairs.

>> On AJC.com: Meeting, and remembering, the man who carved Stone Mountain

In posts on the internet, the organizers of the rally make their racist beliefs clear. To join a closed group for rally organizers on social media platform MeWe, applicants must answer whether they are “interested in securing the existence of Our People and a future for White children?” The question echos a slogan known as the “14 words,” attributed to violent white supremacist David Lane.

Stone Mountain was the scene of a series of protests from August 2015 through April 2016 which became both smaller over time and more radical. The first Rock Stone Mountain in 2016 was the culminating event.

That rally was organized explicitly as a white power event, paired with a march that same day in Rome organized by the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement.

But while hundreds of supporters had signed up to attend, only a handful actually made it to the park. Instead, the rally was inundated with counter-protesters, including civil rights organizations, Christian peace activists, and masked anti-fascists groups, popularly known as “antifa.”

The latter group openly clashed with police who formed a cordon to keep the sides separated, throwing rocks and setting off fireworks. Rather than posing before the park’s iconic carving, the white supremacists were corralled in a distant parking lot for their protection.

Tensions were so high park officials closed the park to tourists for much of the day.

That experience apparently was in mind when Calhoun and Estes applied for a permit. In an attached sheet, the pair asked that the starting and ending times for their planned rally be “concealed until the day of the event in order to avoid lawless attempts to block traffic by Antifa and other groups.”

>> On AJC.com: How the Confederates might actually come off Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain association spokesman John Bankhead declined to comment on the event, saying the permit denial letter spoke for itself. Calhoun and Estes did not return calls seeking comment and as of Tuesday they had made no comment about the denial on any of their social media pages.

Much of the inspiration for the proposed rally appears to have come from the candidacy of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. In 2017, Abrams called for the removal of the Confederate carving, which features Robert E. Lee and two other major figures of the Confederacy. During the campaign, Abrams softened her tone, calling for an “authentic conversation” about the carving and its meaning.

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An activist group called Atlanta Antifascists broke the news about the denial Monday, publishing the denial letter on their web page and social media channels. Because the event hasn’t been canceled on Facebook, the group warned its activists to remain prepared to counter protest.

“Since it is possible that the event’s Klan and white supremacist organizers may try to proceed without a permit or make other plans for the day, we are still asking all anti-racists and community allies to be ready to respond on February 2,” the group wrote.

Cancer expected to surpass heart disease as leading cause of death in US, study says

Cancer will soon be the leading cause of death in the United States, according to a new report

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Researchers recently conducted a study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal, to explore data that suggests cancer will surpass heart disease as the leading cause of death in America.

To do so, they examined the death records of more than 32 million adults, aged 25 and older, across 3,143 American counties between 2003 and 2015. They assessed their medical information, income, race and other demographic data and followed them for about 13 years.

After analyzing the results, they found heart disease was the leading cause of death for 79 percent of counties in 2003, while cancer was the leading cause in the others. In 2015, heart disease was the leading cause of death for 59 percent of counties, with cancer being the leading cause in the remaining.

Overall, the heart disease mortality rate decreased by 28 percent between 2003 and 2015, and the cancer mortality rate dropped by 16 percent.

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However, upon further investigation, they discovered cancer deaths may be more on the rise in higher income counties. Heart disease deaths declined by 30 percent in high-income counties, while low-income counties experienced a 22 percent drop. A similar pattern was apparent for cancer deaths as the threat fell by 18 percent in high-income counties and by 11 percent in low-income ones.

“Data show that heart disease is more likely to be the leading cause of death in low-income counties,” the authors wrote. “Low-income counties have not experienced the same decrease in mortality rates as high-income counties, which suggests a later transition to cancer as the leading cause of death in low-income counties.”

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They also noted patterns among racial and ethnic groups. Cancer replaced heart disease as the leading cause of death for Asian-Americans, Hispanics and whites. That was not the case for American Indians/Alaska Natives or blacks.

While the mechanisms behind the shifts in mortality rates are unclear, the scientists believe differences in smoking, obesity and diabetes trends between high and low income groups could be factors. 

As they continue their research, they are encouraging individuals to undergo recommended cancer screenings and practice healthy lifestyles. 

>> On AJC.com: You may be able to better avoid heart attacks with this common snack, study says

Read more about the findings here

CDC still perplexed over cause of rare polio-like illness

Federal health officials on Tuesday reported an increase in cases of acute flaccid myelitis, the polio-like illness that is affecting children around the nation.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 90 confirmed case of the illness in 27 states. That number is included in the total of 252 reports of patients under investigation, an increase of 33 patients since last week.

That compares to 2017 when CDC received information of 33 confirmed cases of AFM in 16 states. 

AFM was made reportable in Georgia this past summer. State health officials reported three confirmed cases and four under review by CDC.

There were few answers, though, to soothe the fears of worried parents.

What causes AFM? Why do some children get the illness and others do not? Is it caused by a virus? If so, which one?

The federal agency has come under increased pressure from parents and doctors to find the cause of the mysterious illness, which has largely affected children and left many paralyzed.

Several parents recently spoke with CNN and accused the CDC of underreporting deaths.

“As a mom, I know what it’s like to be scared for your child,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, during a briefing on Tuesday. “And I understand that parents want answers.”

Right now, though, science doesn’t give us an answer.

She admitted that health officials do not understand what triggers AFM in some children or understand the long-term consequences of the illness. 

Possible factors can include viral infections such as enterovirus and West Nile virus, environmental toxins and a condition where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys body tissue that it mistakes for foreign material.

AFM specifically affects the area of the spinal cord called gray matter and causes muscles and reflexes to become weak.

Of the confirmed cases, most were involved children between the ages of 2 and 8 years old and about half were male. Almost all of the children had a fever and/or respiratory illness three to 10 days before experiencing limb weakness. 

In nearly all of the cases, an upper limb was involved.

So far this year, there have been no known deaths, she said. However, Messonnier admitted that a lag exists between when a patient is hospitalized and when the case makes its way through the reporting process.

Meanwhile, the CDC has instituted several initiatives to quickly find answers, such as raising physician awareness about the illness, increasing its network of neurologists and asking state health departments to cross reference cases of AFM with death registries, including for previous years. CDC has also created a national AFM task force of experts.

3 toddlers wander away from day care, 2-year-olds caught near busy street

A Massachusetts day care in West Bridgewater is under investigation after three toddlers wandered off the property and close to a busy road. 

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Monday morning, just after 11:00, three 2-year-old toddlers opened a gate in an outdoor play area at Cowlicks and Pigtails Childcare Center and wandered off. The toddlers made it to the end of the driveway before an alert worker from next-door spotted them, ran over and grabbed the children.

"Thank God nobody was hurt I mean I could never live with myself I mean literally this is my life this is everything to me," Erica Kilcoyne said.

Erica Kilcoyne has owned the day care for 20 years and said she took immediate action after the incident. 

"All the staff members have been terminated on the spot and are no longer with the company," said Kilcoyne. 

And that's not all. She said she had brand new locks put on the gates and surveillance cameras installed just hours after the three wandered off. 

Kilcoyne said every child showed up to day care Tuesday, with the exception of one. The mother of one of the toddlers who wandered out pulled her child from the center. 

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"I don't blame her. This was a hard situation for everybody and we're still here for her," she said. 

West Bridgewater Police say they are not investigating, but officials with the Department of Children & Families said they did receive a report and have opened an investigation

Florida mother arrested after baby found with multiple skull fractures

A mother in Duval County, Florida, is charged with aggravated child abuse after her baby girl was found to have multiple skull fractures.

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Jacqui Lyne Carter, 33, was arrested nearly three months after the child had surgery for severe head and brain injuries.

Stephen Bayer is the child’s father and told WJAX-TV the same thing the child’s mother told police: The child hurt herself.

“The child hit her head on a bouncy seat,” Bayer said.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the child was transported to the Park West emergency room on Aug. 19, where a CAT scan revealed multiple skull fractures. 

She was then transported to Wolfson Children’s hospital for surgery for not only the skull fractures, but also for multiple brain bleeds. The child also had a large epidural hematoma.

Meghan Munson is a former neighbor and says DCF would come by on a regular basis.

“She [Carter] seemed like she was gone a lot, a lot of men in and out of the house,” Munson said.

This isn’t Carter’s first run-in with the law. She has been arrested at least five times previously for charges ranging from drug possession to battery.

The baby girl’s father says he drove her to the hospital after he noticed her injury. But he says he wasn’t greeted with sympathy at the emergency room.

“The nurse accused me of being an alcoholic and a child abuser and they chose her instead of me to [expletive] take the fall for this," Bayer said. 

Police say a CAT scan showed the child likely suffered more than one blow to the head.

DCF said the child and another child were taken out of the home at some point since the incident and are now safe.

Federal judge orders Trump administration response to CNN lawsuit on Jim Acosta ban

Update 10:25 p.m. EDT Nov. 13: A federal judge has given the Trump administration until 11 a.m. Wednesday morning to respond to CNN’s lawsuit demanding a temporary restraining order in the battle over the White House’s revocation of reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials, according to The Washington Post.

A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Washington.

CNN’s attorney said the network is considering whether to request financial damages in its claim against President Donald Trump.

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CNN filed suit Tuesday against President Donald Trump and his top aides, arguing they violated both the network’s and reporter Jim Acosta's constitutional rights when he was banned from the White House last week.

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In the lawsuit, filed in D.C. District Court, attorneys for CNN asked for Acosta’s press credentials to be immediately reinstated and protected.

>> White House suspends CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials

“While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone,” CNN officials said in a statement. “If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.”

Attorneys for CNN named six defendants in the suit, including Trump, chief of staff John Kelly and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The lawsuit alleged the decision to revoke Acosta’s credentials was a “severe and unprecedented punishment” following “years of hostility by President Trump against CNN and Acosta based on the contents of their reporting.”

>> Sarah Sanders tweeted ‘doctored’ video of Jim Acosta: WaPost

“(It’s) an unabashed attempt to censor the press and exclude reporters from the White House who challenge and dispute the President’s point of view,” CNN attorneys said in the lawsuit.

Acosta’s press credentials were suspended Wednesday after a White House intern attempted to take his microphone during a news conference with Trump. Huckabee Sanders released a statement after the incident accusing Acosta of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”

Movie in works about youngest female trader at NYSE starring Kiersey Clemons

A Georgia native is the youngest woman trader at the New York Stock Exchange, and now her story is being told on the big screen.

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AGC Studios has acquired the life rights to tell the story of Lauren Simmons, a Kennesaw State University graduate, who became the sole woman trader and only the second black woman to trade full-time on the NYSE floor at the time. She earned the historic title last year after landing a job as an equity trader for Rosenblatt Securities at just 23 years old.

While she initially pursued a career in medicine, she later tapped into her interests in finance, securing her current position by applying to an opening posted on LinkedIn.

Kiersey Clemons, whose credits include “Dope” and “Neighbors 2,” will portray the Georgian, according to Deadline. Clemons will also produce the flick with her managers Eddie Galan and Starr Andreef, AGC's Stuart Ford, Greg Shapiro and Glendon Palmer. 

>> Related: Georgia native, KSU alum only full-time woman trader at New York Stock Exchange

The film will serve as the debut project for Clemons' production banner, Girl on Mercury. No word yet on when the movie will premiere. 

Sheriff: Mason jars filled with enough explosives to ‘blow up the block’ found in Florida home

An anonymous tip led officials to a Lake Helen, Florida, home, where they discovered Mason jars filled with a highly explosive powder, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday evening.

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Lake Helen police officers and Volusia County deputies said they were called to the home at South High Street and West Pennsylvania Avenue, where they found jars containing triacetone triperoxide, a highly volatile explosive.

Sheriff Mike Chitwood said deputies discovered enough material to "blow up the block."

Deputies said the white crystal powder has been referred to as "mother of Satan" by terrorist organizations and has been used in deadly attacks.

Jared E. Coburn, 37, who lives at the home, said he was using the powder to make homemade fireworks, investigators said.

"He tried to explain to us that he was making his own version of a firework," Lake Helen police Chief Mike Walker said. "It was a shock. It was definitely a shock." 

Investigators said the TATP will be detonated underground in a nearby field, because the material is too volatile to move and because that method allows for the collection of evidence after detonation.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also called to the incident, which remains under investigation.

Coburn was taken into custody on charges of manufacturing an explosive device. Deputies said he could face additional charges.

No other details were given.

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