Wednesday, October 31, 2007

New BMI tool for finding obesity problem

West Virginia is hoping that new BMI tool will help the state in fighting against the obesity problem. The wheel which is a BMI calculator will be given to the doctors in the state as a way to identify the obesity problem early in their patients.

The health beneficial group Unicare, which is the biggest medical coverage provider in the State, will be giving training to the doctors and their staff about obesity protection and BMI measurement.

West Virginia is the third heaviest state in the nation. According to state Bureau for Public Health, more than 30 percent of adults here are obese. According to another study which was carried earlier this year suggests that West Virginia placed second among obese children.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Overweight children parents to be warned

Under Government proposal, parents in England may be warned if their children found overweight. Right now parents are informed about their children obesity status at the age of 5 and 10 and the stats are available on request right now.

But in the new plan, parents may have direct access to their children obesity status automatically. Obesity problem is getting bigger and bigger ay by day and taking the shape of an epidemic worldwide.

According to the recent studies, an obese person cuts his life short by 9 years and very obese person dies 13 years earlier compared to a normal weight person.

Link - Via - BBC NEWS UK

Too much TV watching increase blood pressure in children

According to the researchers here in US, watching too much of TV may not only make children them fatty, it may increase their blood pressure as well. The researchers found that children who watch TV for four hours or more have three times more chances of having high blood pressure compared to the children who watch TV for two hours or less in a day (Via – Yahoo News).

In the past we go through many studies, which indicates strong relationship between watching TV and obesity. This is the first ever study showing strong link between TV watching and high blood pressure. Obesity rate is on increase among children and also increasing the risk of heart disease and diabetes. And high blood pressure in children has been rising in right along with obesity rates.

This study included 546 children and teens of ages 4 to 17. Their height and weight were recorded to know their BMI and their blood pressure was also recorded at weight management clinics from 2003 to 2005.

This study suggests that parents need to limit their children watching TV especially for children who are already obese or have high blood pressure. American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children TV watching to fewer that two hours.

Monday, October 29, 2007

15 big reasons to get vegetarian

reasons for becoming vegetarian Different people have different reasons for going completely vegetarian. Some want to live a longer life, some want to live a healthier life while some want to preserve natural resources. According to scientific researches, we complete most of calorie needs from grain products, vegetables and fruits. Vegetarian diet reduces the risk of many big diseases like obesity, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain types of cancer including colon, breast, prostate, stomach, lung and esophageal cancer.

We can have some really big reasons to get vegetarian like:

  1. Vegetarian diet will ward off disease

  2. It can help you lose and maintain your weight

  3. You will have longer life

  4. You will able to make strong bones

  5. You will be less prone to food-borne illnesses

  6. Vegetarian women will have less symptoms of menopause

  7. You will be more energetic with vegetarian diet

  8. You will be more regular

  9. You will be helping the environment

  10. You will be able to escape many of toxic chemicals

  11. Play a big role in reducing the threads of famine worldwide

  12. Save more animals by going for vegetarian diets

  13. Save some money for yourself

  14. You will have plate full of colorful, yummy vegetables

  15. It is really easy to get veggie

Do you think you have any of these reasons to get vegetarian? Lets get vegetarian and save our health and environment getting polluted.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

People who exercise more may be eating more

According to a research presented this week at the Annual meeting of Obesity Society, when some people increase their physical activities, they may also be eating more. But still they are able to lose weight but not as much they should have, says Timothy Church, director of preventive medicine research at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.

He monitored the progress of 324 postmenopausal women who were either obese or overweight. The women being monitored were asked to exercise different amount of exercises but no dieting. Here are the results of finding after six months:

  • Those who did an average of 73 minutes of exercise a week, were able to lose 3 pounds

  • Those who did exercise for 136 minutes a week were able to lose more than 4 pounds

  • But those who exercised 190 minutes a week lost about 3 pounds when they should have dropped about 6 pounds. Some of these women admitted they were eating more, Church says.


Vigorous exercise improves Overweight kids thinking

According to a report from US researchers, 3 months of vigorous exercise can help overweight kids thinking. The team of US researchers who monitored 200 overweight, inactive children of ages 7 to 11 says that physical activities can help kids lower their diabetes risk, reduces their body fat, and strengthen their bones (Via - Yahoo News).

All of the overweight kids were made to learn about the benefits of healthy nutrition and physical activities. Among the kids involved in the research, a third of them exercised for 20 minutes a day, another one third exercised for 40 minutes a day. During the exercise sessions, the children played running games and used hula hoops and jump ropes to get their heart rates to 79 percent of maximum -- considered a vigorous workout.

"Is exercise a magic wand that turns them into lean, healthy kids? No. They are still overweight but less so, with less fat, a healthier metabolism and an improved ability to handle life," lead investigator Dr. Catherine Davis, a clinical health psychologist at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, said in a prepared statement. "We hope these findings will help persuade policymakers, schools and communities that time spent being physically active enhances, rather than detracts from learning," Davis said.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Justin Hall lose 40 pounds with Chipotle Diet

Justin Hall, who started the Chipotle diet three months back, claimed that he had so far get success in losing 40 pounds with this diet.

Hall said the Chipotle Diet delivers results. The burrito keeps him satisfied for nearly 24 hours, before he needs another. "In three days, it'll be three months on the dot and I have lost 40 pounds," Hall said. "I used to wear XXL shirts, now I'm down to XL," he said. "I'm down 4 notches on my belt so far. And my wedding ring can now fit on my thumb."

Hall is not doing any exercising but he has limited his daily soda intake and drinks more water and take multivitamins during the day. Hall is planning to go head with Chipotle diet by the end of this year and is also aiming at losing 70 pounds.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Eat an apple a day and keep the weight away

An apple a day for lower calories According to a research presented at the Obesity Society meeting shows that people who ate an apple before lunch consumed almost 190 calories lesser than when they had an apple before lunch.

"This suggests that eating something like a piece of fruit that's low in calories before your meal might be a great strategy for reducing calorie intake," says Julie Flood, a researcher at Penn State. "It looks like solid fruit is more filling than fruit juice, and people perceive them differently. They look at an apple and think it's going to fill them up."

Many fruits and vegetables that are low in calories and have high amount of fiber when consumed help us to eat less and lose weight. So have an apple a day and keep the weight away.

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Stand on a vibration platform for 15 minutes to get six-pack abs

According to a Maine researcher, standing on a vibration platform for 15 minutes for 15 days can help you get a six-pack abs.

Researchers put on mice on vibration platform for 15 minutes a day for 15 days time. After 15 days, mice was able to develop 27 percent less abdominal fat cells and saw decreased triglyceride in the liver and mice did not lose weight.

Clifford Rosen from The Jackson Laboratory and Maine Medical Center Research Institute says it appears that the vibrations changed fat distribution in a beneficial way.

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Obese kids showing early sign of heart disease

According to the US researchers, obese children and those who are at the danger of being obese are showing early sign of heart disease. This study by a team at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, included 168 between the age of 10 and 18. Of 168 children, 33 were obese, 20 at the risk of obesity and 115 normal weights (Via Yahoo News).

In US, 19 percent of kids of age 6 to 11 are overweight and 17 percent of children of ages 12 to 19 are overweight.

More US kids ending up in hospitals due to obesity

According to a latest study, the number of kids who were hospitalized due to obesity tripled from 1998 to 2004 in US. The common problems due to which kids hospitalized were sleep apnea, high blood pressure and gall bladder stones (Via Yahoo News).

"In 2002 for the first time ever, there have been more admissions for obesity than for malnutrition," said John Morton, a professor of medicine at Stanford University. In 1998, 40 out of every 10,000 children under 18 were hospitalized for ailments linked to obesity compared to 120 cases per 10,000 children in 2004, he said.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Altena lose more than 200 pounds with Atkins diet

heavy Altena Kent Altena lost more than 200 pounds with Atkins diet and has been able to maintain that weight since May 2005. Altena who was 400 pounds, could not fit into an airline seat also had to leave Iowa Army National Guard because of his weight.

"My goal was initially to get down to 225, but that number was just an arbitrary number. I am really looking to be as fit as possible," said Altena.

It took him around 18 months to reach to his initial target of 225 pounds and ultimately he dropped his weight to 218 pounds. Now days he follows the Atkins maintenance diet and do exercise regularly.

Read Altena complete story of losing 200 pounds with Atkins diet and how he looks after losing weight here.

Breastfeeding helps in losing pounds claims Myleene Klass

Myleene Klass weight loss Myleene Klass has claimed that she had been able to lose weight quickly after the birth of her daughter by breastfeeding. The singer was available on the premiere of Lions of Lambs last night and everyone was quite impressed by her slim figure (Via - Digital Spy).

Klass told BANG Showbiz: "I've lost all my weight through breastfeeding - I can't rave about it enough! It's quite miraculous in fact!"

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Get a spouse and get some extra pounds too

Many married and single people in their late teens and early 20's add an average of 15 to 30 pounds to their weights over five years. But newly married men and women in the same group gain 6 to 8 more pounds than their peers who are single and dating (Via - USAToday).

Penny Gordon-Larsen, an assistant professor of nutrition in the school of public health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her colleagues followed almost 8,000 people, ages 12 to 28, over five years and a subsample of 1,200 couples.

Some of the highlights of their findings include:

  • Women in their youth and in their early 20’s who continue to date but did not live together added an average of 15 pounds over the next 5 years. On the other hand, their male counterparts added about 24 pounds to their weights.

  • Newly married women in that age group packed on 24 pounds in five years; newly married men gained 30 pounds

According to Natalie The, who is a researcher at the University of Carolina says, single young adults have are least likely to be obese as they are more active and watch least amount of TV. According to Natalie, many factors like having children, post pregnancy pounds, getting small time to exercise, eating out more or cooking bigger meals contribute to couples weight.

Smoking does not help in losing weight

smoking does not help in losing weight According to a latest study, smoking does not help us in losing our body fat at all. Australian research team from the University of Wales and the University of Melbourne says that this study exposes the myth that smoking helps us in keeping out weights down.

The researchers carry out a study on nice for seven weeks. 50 percent of mice were exposed to smoke from four cigarettes a day for six days a week and the rest were kept smoke free.

This study indicates that the smokers lost muscle mass that gave them the appearance of being thinner. While mice on the smoke diet ate about 23 percent less calories, they retained their fat mass to pre-smoking levels.

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Obesity becoming worldwide problem

obesity becoming bigger worldwide According to the researchers, data collected from 63 countries shows that worldwide, 40 percent of men and 30 percent of women are overweight while 24 percent of men and 27 percent of women are obese. This study was carried out from the information of 168,000 men and women between the ages of 18 to 80 who are being evaluated by their family doctors (Via Yahoo News).

"The study results show that excess body weight is pandemic, with one-half to two-thirds of the overall study population being overweight or obese," lead author Beverley Balkau, director of research at INSERM in France, said in a prepared statement. INSERM is the French equivalent of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Obesity is becoming a big medical and public health problem in many countries.

Governments need to take more preventive measures -- such as encouraging people to exercise and providing more access to physical activity -- in order to halt rising rates of overweight and obesity, Balkau said.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Obesity checks to be implemented from Year one among children

According to a leading expert, obesity checks like weights and measurements among children should be done from the first year of their birthday as a way to deal with the growing obesity epidemic.

The National obesity forum chairman, Colin Waine, said: "Weighing children at five would be useful but it would be more logical to start measuring children on a yearly basis from one year old. The early signs of obesity can be detected before school."

According to Dr Waine, these obesity checks could also be targeted at the whole family in case obesity was a wider issue. Right now children are being weighed at 5 and 10 in England and Wales. Parents are being informed about the results only after their requests.

With the new Government plans, parents could be handed the results automatically. Children obesity has been getting bigger and bigger over the fast decades with 16.9 percent of boys being obese and 16.8 percent of girls are classified as obese in UK. If people in UK go ahead with the current level of obesity growth, about 60 percent of men, 50 percent of women and 25 percent of children will be obese by 2050 there.

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Keely and Kyle lose more than 100 pounds with weight watchers

Brother and sister Kyle and Keely NeSmith of Statesboro, were named second place winners of Weight Watchers “2007 Inspiring Stories of the Year.” They were given American Express gift certificates and Weight Watchers products. Both Keely and Kyle were able to lose 105 pounds in six to eight months period with Weight Watchers.

Kyle and Keely works together for their NeSmith Constructions. It was Keely who made her bother Kyle to come with her. As "She wanted someone to go with her and, since we work together and eat lunch together every day, I guess she thought I was the best candidate for the job,"

After losing the weight with Weight Watchers, Kyle was feeling much better and was able to do things couldn’t do before. Lisa Craig public relations director for the Southeast Region of Weight Watchers, said, "One of the things we loved about their story was that they worked together and that they helped each other succeed,” said Craig. “We were delighted to have them attend weight watchers together. They are great representatives of our program."

Both Kyle and Keely said the biggest benefit they achieved after joining Weight Watchers was the education they get about eating properly.

"We learned that even fast food could be healthy. We’re always on the go - but you can find healthy alternatives at fast food restaurants,” said Keely. “I always thought, ‘ugh, who wants a salad or a grilled chicken sandwich,’ but they’re pretty good. Once you get your mindset that it’s good and you don’t need a lot of food to fill you up, it worked. We found things that we’re very healthy and that were good, but we didn’t know existed before we joined Weight Watcher’s."

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Conference for discussing world obesity problem

Around 1800 researchers are gathering in New Orleans to discuss the issues related to the epidemic like growing problem of obesity. More than 300 studies will be discussed during the conference (Via Yahoo News).

Between 64 to 66 percent of adults here in US are overweight. Worldwide more than one billion adults are overweight and there are at least 300 million obese people on the planet.

In Europe, Britain leads with an obesity rate of 23 percent, Germany with 12 percent and Italy with eight percent of obesity rate, according to a study by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

During the four-day conference, scientists will review genetic research and how modifying genes can affect weight, the retention of body fat and appetite.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Women using illegal ways to lose weight

What you would do to lose weight? Would you prefer taking laxatives, fasting, diet pills, exercising, healthy food or some other ways to lose weight? What about adopting illegal steps to lose weight?

According to a survey done in UK, one out of seven women is using illegal drugs like cocaine or speed to lose weight. Many more women are taking slimming pills to lose extra weight.

Yet we know that both drug taking and severe dieting are mostly ineffective. In most of the cases, you are going to regain the weight lost if any in a week or so.

We know how much harmful the drugs like cocaine and speed are. Many people have to lose their lives every year by the use of drugs like cocaine and amphetamines.

Survey found that 37 percent women used slimming pills, 15 percent had used dangerous drugs speed and cocaine and 26 percent had used laxatives as slimming aids. Three out of four women said that they spend their lives snacking while two third starved themselves before a big night out.

Dr Ian Campbell, medical director of Weight Concern, said it was alarming that women were using illicit drugs in ill-fated slimming attempts. "There is no evidence that they have any long-term effect on weight but a great deal of evidence that they are harmful to health," he added. "The only long-term solution to weight control is lifestyle changes, including dietary modification and more exercise. There is no substitute for effort."

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Two third of people in Shropshire Overweight

Shropshire Overweight Public health specialist, Dr Kevin Lewis from Shropshire’s primary trust confirmed that two third of people in Shropshire are overweight. Dr Kevin told BBC News that the environment people are living is "not helpful".

The statistics follow a national report into obesity, which said the government, must act to stop Britain "sleepwalking" into a crisis. "It's about the way we live our life, the way society is configured. The way we live is not helpful."

Korean schoolgirls getting slimmer and taller

According to a report, the average height of school going girls has gone up and their average weight has gone down in Korea. The Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention has set up new parameters for the youth growth there.

The average height of 18 years old girls has been set from 160.5cms to 160.cms and their average weight decreased from 54.7 Kg to 54.1 Kg. For 16 years old girls, their heights have been remained the same 160cms as it was in the past but their average weights have been decreased from 54.4 Kg to 53.6 Kg. This report shows the changing social atmosphere where more young girls are going for dieting for slimmer bodies.

On the other hand, the average height of 18 years old boys has been set to 173.4cms, which was 172.5cms earlier, but their average weights have been increased from 63.5 Kg to 65.8 Kg. The average height of 13 years old boys have been set to 159cms which was 155.3 earlier. And their average weights have increased from 47.2 Kg to 50.7 Kg.

The Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention has set these standards for boys and girls after doing the physical checkup of 140,000 girls and boys aged less than 20 in 2005.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

One out of four children overweight when start school

According to the latest figures available, one out of every 4 children is already overweight when he/she goes to the school for the first time. And these figures become more dangers in some areas where one out of every three children is overweight by the time they finished their primary schools at the age of 11 (The Daily Mail UK).

A snapshot shows that young people are getting more and more obese despite Government pledge to act. These figures are part of the survey of children's weight by the Department of Health.

The figure shows that Isle is facing the biggest weight problem. In Isle, approx 30 percent of children are already overweight or obese when they start their schools and the figures rises to 34 percent by the time they leave their primary schools.

Right now, the information about child obesity is available only via request to parents. But now Government is thinking of making it a routine to inform parents about child obesity quite often.

Modern lifestyle reason for obesity

According to the British Government think tanks, it is not only over eating and lack of exercises that leads to the current obesity problem, but it is modern life that leads to this situation. They found that technological revolution of the 20th century has led to weight gain becoming unavoidable for the majority of the population (From Yahoo News).

"Stocking up on food was key to survival in prehistoric times, but now with energy dense, cheap foods, labor-saving devices, motorized transport and sedentary work, obesity is rapidly becoming a consequence of modern life," said Sir David King, the British government's chief scientific adviser and head of the Foresight program.

They predicted that it would take at least thirty years to reverse this epidemic like growing obesity problem. Government has so far designed policies to encourage people especially children to adopt healthier lifestyles, eating less fast food items and doing more exercise.

But according to Sir David, everyone has to make change in his or her attitudes to solve the obesity problem. Researchers said that there is no magic bullet to solve this problem and also there is no appetite-suppressing drug that can solve this problem, as the obesity problem is systemic.

To solve obesity problem, we have to make big changes in society with increase in our daily routine activities. According to the researchers, if we continue with the same obesity growth, approx 60 % of men, 50 % of women and 25 % of children in the country will be obese by 2050.

Commenting on the report, British public health minister Dawn Primarolo said: "We have made progress with improved physical activity levels at school, healthier school food for children, clearer food labeling and tougher restrictions on advertising foods high in fat and sugar to children -- but we know that we need to go further and faster."

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Fast food banned in LA

fast food banned in Los Angles
Los Angles Council is thinking of banning the new fast food restaurants there. The main reason for banning the fast foods restaurants will be to stop the obesity problem among people there, which is approx 30 percent right now. Because the people behavior in the city is just to eat whatever is available without thinking about its health prospective.

Although somehow there’s a truth about this matter, but can’t we protect ourselves to select better food? Are we too much lazy or dumb that we need Government involvement to standardize what we eat?

The movement of Government has already started. For example, by not issuing liquor licenses, no smoking in restaurants, even foie grass is banned in Chicago only for ethical reason.

So when the Government is issuing the instruction, the dumb people in the city will be saved from obesity. Maybe swapping Colonel or the Red hair clown to Thomas Keller, may appeal our sense of culture.

But are we going to be slimmer because of it?

Monday, October 15, 2007

‘Supersized’ patients banned from hospital waiting rooms

‘Supersized’ patients banned Staffs at Ealing hospital in West London have been warned not to send its obese patients to its first floor amid fears that building will not be able to take their weights. Patients who weigh 3o stones or more have been kept to the ground floor wards because the management are worried they are too heavy for the admissions ward upstairs (via -

This disclosure is part of an investigation which shows that hospital has doubled it’s spending to treat the overweight patients and to cope with the rising obesity problem in Britain. On an average the hospital spent £60,000 on "supersized" equipment including beds, trolleys and mortuary fridges to treat obese patients compared with £30,000 just three years ago.

According to the stats from Liberal Democrats, which are available after the investigation of 150 hospitals trusts which, shows that spending on larger patients has risen from £5.8 million to £13 million in just three years.

With this the number of obese patients being admitted to hospitals have also increased significantly. Since 2002, numbers of obese adults being hospitalized have increased by 45 percent and obese children by 30 percent.

What is best for weight loss: dieting or exercising?

It is not as easy to tell which is best dieting or exercising. But it is the net calorie deficit – burning more calories than you consume that counts the most.

Researchers divided three-dozen overweight but healthy men and women into three groups. First group decrease their calorie intake by 25 percent while the second group increase their calories consumption by 12.5 percent while burning 12.5 percent more calories by exercising. And the third group makes no change to its dieting or exercising pattern.

The researchers noticed the weight loss, body composition and measures of superficial and deep fat. But they found that it does not matter whether you lose weight by exercising or by dieting or combination of both dieting and exercising. But exercising has its own health benefits (From The Boston Globe).

Lily Allen drops her size from 12 to 8 with Susan Hepburn help

Lily Allen hypnotism to lose weight Lily Allen has been able to drop her size from 12 to 8 with the help of Susan Hepburn, who she thinks had made her mind to enjoy organic foods and her visits to the gym. After getting help from Susan, Allen is really happy with her new look and prefers to go to the gym daily, which she in the past did not love to go (From The Daily Mail).

Allen Lily is not the only celebrity who has adopted hypnotism to lose weight. Many celebrities like model Sophie Dahl, singer Geri Halliwell and the Duchess of York also used hypnotism successfully to lose weight in the past.

Susan Hepburn is a hypnotist,who runs a clinic in self improvement techniques. Susan charges £300 for one-hour advice about weight loss treatment and self-hypnosis.

Now lets see what Ms Susan has to say about Allen: "Lily was great, a really nice girl. I'm glad I could help."

TV watching has negative impact on children diet

watching TV while eating According to University of Minnesota researchers, Watching TV while eating family meals may have negative impact on children's diets. Researchers found that children had lower quality of diet when eating with family while watching TV compared to children who ate with their family but keep the TV off. Boys ate lower amount of vegetables and grains and higher amount of soft drinks while watching TV as compared to boys who do not prefer TV while eating. Girls ate lower amount of dark vegetables and high amount of fried food while watching TV as compared to girls who do not watch TV while eating (From ScienceDaily).

Sunday, October 14, 2007

US on 9th spot with Nauru topping among fattest countries

More and more countries are making big progress in obesity rate. In a list of overweight people, Nauru tops the list with the greatest percentage of overweight people where approximately 95 percent of adults (age 15+) are overweight.

US are on the 9th spot in this list where approx 75 percent of adults are overweight. Experts blame urbanization, entry of western lifestyle with fast food choices, little exercise and stressful jobs for more and more people becoming overweight across the world.

Here is the list of top 10 fattest countries in th world:

Rank Country %
1. Nauru 94.5
2. Micronesia, Federated States of 91.1
3. Cook Islands 90.9
4. Tonga 90.8
5. Niue 81.7
6. Samoa 80.4
7. Palau 78.4
8. Kuwait 74.2
9. United States 74.1
10. Kiribati 73.6

For complete list of fattest countries in the world visit here.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Obese couple loses more than 500 pounds in between to get fit

Dawn Marie and Frankie are happy newlyweds. Both of them in combine lost 550 pounds. Dawn Marie has been able to bring her dress size from 30 to 8 and Frankie has dropped his dress size from 78 to size 36.

Marie and Frankie now can share a pair of his old jeans. Frankie old shirts look too big like a bed sheet and his belt was more than seven feet long.

Four years ago, the couple decided to switch from obese to fit Together. At that time, Marie was 400 pounds and Frankie was 555 pounds. Both of them were inspired to lose big pounds after the death of Frankie sister who was 27 years old with a weight of 700 pounds.

Both of them went through gastric bypass surgery. After the surgery, both Frankie and Marie have adopted healthy diets and do exercises regularly. The couple has been able to lose big amount of pounds.

In combined, both of them lost 550 pounds. Marie is now 160 pounds and Frankie is now 235 pounds.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Slim remaining slim and fat are getting more fatty

According to the scientists At Cancer Research in UK, size of overweight and obese people has significantly increased in the last 10 years and there is no much of size change in thin or slim people.

According to a latest study published in the International Journal of Obesity, overweight people have higher chances of being affected by cancer. In ten years from 1994 to 2004, male obesity has moved from 13.4 percent to 22.7 percent and female obesity increased from 15.8 percent to 22.4 percent.

Men waist limit increased by 3.38cm and women waist limit increased by 4.35cm. Dr Lesley Walker, director of cancer information at Cancer Research UK, said: "This research adds to the evidence that the UK is in the grip of an obesity epidemic. We know that high body weight increases the risk of a number of cancers and it is important we get this message out to as many people as possible.

"A healthy diet with plenty of fiber, fruit and vegetables as well as regular exercise can help people to lose weight and reduce their risk of cancer. Cancer Research UK, together with the charity Weight Concern, has devised Ten Top Tips to help people control their weight."

Some useful tips to help you lose weight and keep it off:

  1. Maintain a routine about your meals timing whether it is three times or five times a day.

  2. Go for reduced fat versions of food products like dairy products, spreads and salad

  3. Make walking as your daily habit and try to walk 10,000 steps everyday which you can count with the help of a pedometer

  4. Eat healthy snacks which may include fresh fruits, vegetables and low calorie yogurts

  5. Do not forget to check the labels on food items while purchasing them from a store.

  6. Be careful with your food size while making a choice about eating. Do not load too much food on your plate.

  7. When you have to sit for long hours in the office or in your business space, why not have a small walk after every hour or so.

  8. Drink high amount of water and keep limit on your alcohol consumption

  9. Do not forget to chew your food properly and never take your meal while watching TV.

  10. Don't forget your 5 a day. Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day (400g in total).

Which is better running or walking?

Many of us think that walking is better than running when it comes about getting fit and obtaining a good health. But if believe the researchers, jogging is the easiest and fastest way to fitness and good health (From Hindustan Times).

Yes, that's true. According to a latest study in Britain, Walking, gardening or moving around the park or nearby market is not enough to keep you fit and fine. You can achieve maximum benefit from other hard physical activities like jogging, running or playing tennis.

People have been misled into a thinking that they have to do little bit of hovering or gardening for their fitness but that's not the case at all. It is true that fast walking has its health benefits but other strong physical activities like running, jogging and playing tennis etc has the potential to save you from many diseases.

The researchers from the University of Exeter came to this conclusion after carrying out a study on 1200 adults in Britain. Study finds that exercises can reduce the risk of many forms of cancer like prostate and color cancer.

With this running strengthens heart, slashes risk of cardio-vascular disease, reduces risk of blood clot, and lowers cholesterol levels. "The bottom line is that people should be physically active wherever possible. They should try to walk to work and take the stairs rather than the lift. To minimize their risk of disease, they should also include some vigorous activity three or more times a week".

Monday, October 8, 2007

Janet Jackson is writing book about her weight journey

Janet Jackson is writing book Janet Jackson is writing a book about her weight loss journey. This book will cover her struggle with her weight loss and weight gains. This book will also cover some valuable nutritional dieting tips.

Janet Jackson says: "I'm writing a book on my journey of weight loss and weight gain."I'm really coming from the soul with it, and what I was going through at different times in my life and what possibly brought it about for myself."

Jackson was not able to see her own reflection when she gained 60 pounds to her total weight last year.

Janet further added: "I could not believe how big I was, how heavy I really was. I would see myself in the mirror, but I wouldn't look too often. I didn't want to get used to that image."

Karla LaMunyon "inspiring story of the year' for weight watchers

inspiring story of the year Karla LaMunyon who was around 300 pounds at one time was able to lose around 70 pounds with the help of experts at weight watchers. Her success with weight watchers not only help her dropping her dress size but also win her a prize among 128 second prize winners.

Karla was able to lose the same amount of weight with the Atkins diet before going for weight watcher. But once she stopped the diet, she started getting her weight back.

After two years she moved to weight waters for losing the gained weight. Now after two years with weight watcher, she has been able to drop her dress size from 24 to 16 and is hopeful of reaching her ultimate target of reaching 175 pounds.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Want to add another 15 years to your life?

say no to sweets According to a latest study, we can add another 15 years to our life if get success in giving up sweets. Researchers at German institute found that stopping glucose intake simply set off a process that could help an individual to increase his/her lifespan by 20 percent (From The Daily Mail).

Lack of glucose simply boosts the level of free radicals in the body and they help our body to build up long lasting defenses. Their findings were based on studies of something a sweet tooth would not appreciate – worms, which were given a chemical that stopped them being able to process glucose.

Michael Ristow, leader of the study, said: "The bad thing in the end promotes something good."

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

US most obese compared with other Europeans

According to a latest study released, nearly twice as many U.S. adults are obese compared to European. This is the main reason why Americans have to suffer more of certain diseases like cancer, diabetes and other chronic ailments (From Yahoo News).

The main reason for many of illnesses is obesity and smoking. Stats states that 33 percent of US are obese compared with 17 percent of obesity occurrence in other 10 European countries. More than 50 percent of US people are former or current smokers compared with 43 percent in other European countries.

The study also found that more than 12 percent of American people are diagnosed with cancer which is more than twice of rest of the Europe. But that is likely due in part to more screening here, the study said.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Helen loses more than 5 stones with Weight Watcher

Helen Downie was able to lose more than 5 stones in a year time with the help of experts at weight watchers. She Was able to bring her dress size from 20 to 10 or 12 just by cutting the snacks, eating a balanced diet and doing some exercises.

Helen, who is the mother of three kids, was motivated by one of friend to do something for her weight loss. Her friend just told her that it is the best time for her to lose some extra pounds as she is already 40 and she will never be able loses it if she does not lose it right now.

She then decided not be make further excuses and to do something to lower her waistline. Helen now at the age of 41 realized that it was best decision she took in her life.

She was greatly helped the experts at weight watcher. She was asked to include more fruits and vegetables to her diet at weight watcher.

She said: "I feel a different woman, I feel as though I've got my life back, more energy and confidence - everyone comments on how much younger I look - and to be honest I feel younger."