In a new promotional video for Michelle Obama’s "Let’s Move" campaign, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden take an awkward jog around the White House in their dress shoes and work attire.
Michelle appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon last week to kick off the campaign’s four-year anniversary. She promised that if viewers promoted the event on social media, the president would show his moves, too.
"Mr. President, are you ready to move?" Biden asks as he steps into the Oval Office.
"Absolutely," Obama says, getting up from his desk. "Let's do this thing. Let's move."
After a brief run and an appearance from the first dogs, they return to the Oval Office to find glasses on water on the president’s desk.
“After a good workout, you gotta drink up,” Obama said. “Otherwise, we’re going to be in trouble with Jill and Michelle.”
Morbidly Obese Woman Gets Separated From Husband And Mom After They Fed Her A 7,000 Calorie-A-Day Diet
A morbidly obese woman was separated from her husband and mother after doctors found out that they were feeding her a 7,000 calorie-a-day diet.
Christina, who is 23 years old and 640 pounds, moved from Mississippi to Houston to lose the weight needed in order to get bypass surgery.
But instead of losing weight, she gained 17 pounds in four weeks.
Christina, who was featured TLC’s Tuesday night episode of “My 600-lb. Life,” suggested her weight gain was a result of water retention.
But Dr. Nowzaradan didn’t buy it.
“It’s not water, for that you’ve got to drink at least 300 gallons,” the doctor said on last night’s episode. “You gained weight because you feel comfortable with your eating.”
Her mother admitted on camera that she is a part of the problem. Christina had been eating a diet consisting of pizza, hamburgers and fries, despite being told to cut back on high-in-fat foods.
“You’re right, you’re absolutely right. We’re the ones enabling her to do this,” her mother said. “We haven’t been able to cook proper food.”
In order to gain those 17 pounds in four weeks, Dr. Nowzaradan estimates that Christina would have been consuming 7,000 calories a day.
The doctor then decided to hospitalize Christina so she could lose the needed weight for surgery. She was able to lose 122 pounds under medical supervision, but then returned home and also returned to her bad eating habits.
She lost only 2 pounds in the next month.
at that point, Christina told Nowzaradan she was only eating one meal a day.
“Christina’s not telling me the truth. She’s done very well but this month her weight loss has come to plateau,” he said. “She has to stick with the program. She needs to stay focused and continue with her diet.”
At her heaviest, Christina weighed 678 pounds at the age of 22. At 17, she was over 400 pounds.
Having struggled with her weight at a young age, Christina distanced herself from her friends and got married to her husband Zach. She did not leave her home for four years.
Now, the young woman says she just wants to go to college and have a “normal marriage.”
The World Health Organization is calling on world governments to make fast food less attractive to citizens after a new study found that every fast food meal a person eats causes their body mass index (BMI) to go up 0.03 points.
BMI is a globally used measurement for obesity based on a person’s weight and height. More than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, based on this scale.
Researchers in Ireland and the U.S. linked fast food to obesity rates using data on fast-food sales per capita from 1999 to 2008 in high-income countries.
“While the average number of annual fast food transactions per capita increased from 26.61 to 32.76, average BMI increased from 25.8 to 26.4,” researchers reported in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.
The highest increase in fast-food intake and average BMI were found in Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand.
“The more aggressive market-liberalized countries have a higher consumption of fast food,” explained study lead author Dr. Roberto De Vogli of the department of Public Health Sciences at the University of California, Davis.
“Unless governments take steps to regulate their economies, the invisible hand of the market will continue to promote obesity worldwide with disastrous consequences for future public health and economic productivity,” De Vogli said.
De Vogli and colleagues from Queens University Belfast and the University of Texas say that government must take responsibility and disincentivize highly-processed fast food production.
“There is no question,” De Volgi added. “Big corporations have a mission to maximize profit. If we hope and expect that profit-driven businesses will safeguard public health, it is pure illusion.”
“The take-home message is that, although free-market policies are not to be demonized, it appears quite clear that in order to fight the obesity epidemic, a stronger role of government intervention is necessary,” he said.
The World Health Organization agrees.
“This study shows how important public policies are for addressing the epidemic of obesity,” said Dr. Francesco Branca, director of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at WHO.
“Policies targeting food and nutrition are needed across several sectors including agriculture, industry, health, social welfare and education,” he said.
An Illinois woman featured on TLC’s “My 600-Pound Life” lost nearly 200 pounds after a suicide attempt opened her eyes.
The woman, identified only as “Olivia,” weighed 440 pounds and had been bullied about her weight for most of her life. She was also sexually abused by her cousin at the age of 7.
“I grew up in an abusive house,” Olivia (pictured) told ABC News. “My stepfather was not sexually abusive, but he did hit us.”
By the age of 12, Olivia weighed 180 pounds. After constantly being ridiculed by classmates, Olivia dropped out of high school her senior year.
It was then that Olivia began her path toward morbid obesity.
She confined herself to her parents’ basement, where her family enabled her obesity by bringing her any and all snacks she asked for.
Only her twin sister brought her healthy snacks, Olivia notes.
When a basement flood nearly ended her life, Olivia knew she had to make a change.
“I was half-way up to my waist in water,” she told ABCNews.com. “I had been depressed and my parents were separated, and I was alone and trapped. I knew I would have to pull myself high up. … I fell asleep and the next thing you know, I had collapsed in black, dirty water. I didn’t think twice about putting my feet in the water with the electricity running through the house.”
Her sister eventually rescued her from the basement, but all of her belongings were destroyed during the flood.
Shortly thereafter, Olivia attempted suicide.
She reportedly swallowed 50 vicodin in a desperate effort to kill herself. She told ABC that seeing her twin sister’s face after waking up in the hospital forced her to confront reality.
Now, Olivia has vowed to transform her entire lifestyle. She has reportedly moved to Houston and lost more than 200 pounds. She suffers from extreme lymphedema in her legs, which makes it incredibly painful for her to walk around.
Olivia underwent gastro sleeve surgery in June, notes ABC. She has lost 233 pounds so far.
“I just set my mind to it,” she told ABC. “It was determination, wanting to lose weight. I am Mexican and we eat tortillas and rice and beans, the food that makes you gain weight. I just stopped eating all that.”
Olivia lives with family now, but hopes to eventually be completely self-sufficient.
“I feel wonderful,” she said. "I feel as if I have been reborn. I can go out and face the world. There is nothing to scare me or bother me. Nothing stops me now.”
A North Queensland, Australia woman is suing her employer after she was allegedly crushed by a morbidly obese client of hers.
Therese Gai McCormack, a 46-year-old support worker, is seeking $406,903.43 in damages after a 661-pound (300kg) man fell on her while she was transporting the man to a hospital.
McCormack alleges she suffered a soft tissue injury to her right shoulder and an injury to the joint when the man crushed her on June 15, 2011. She claims the injury required her to receive surgery on her right shoulder, but continues to experience pain in her right shoulder and arm.
According to documents filed with the Townsville District Court, the man was a client of McCormack’s and was on his way to see a dentist. McCormack found the patient lying face down in the taxi with his feet sticking out of the sliding door.
McCormack called her employer to request assistance in lifting the man up, but was told the hospital would provide help.
As she and two male nurses attempted to lift the man into the taxi, the man fell backwards and on top of McCormack, the Townsville Bulletin reports.
McCormack was allegedly knocked into the passenger seat immediately behind the driver’s seat, causing her injuries.
She is now suing her employer for “failing to provide a safe workplace,” or provide a specialized ambulance and double-seater wheelchair to transport the patient to the hospital, according to the Bulletin.
Source: Townsville Bulletin
Microsoft is currently developing a “smart bra” to curb overeating by sensing physiological changes that occur in a woman’s body when she overindulges.
The smart bra contains EKG sensors the monitor heard rate and respiration, key signs of emotional bing-eating.
"It’s mostly women who are emotional overeaters, and it turns out that a bra is perfect for measuring EKG (electrocardiogram)," Mary Czerwinski, a cognitive psychologist and senior researcher in visualization and interaction at Microsoft, told Discovery News. "We tried to do the same thing for men's underwear but it was too far away (from the heart)."
It should provide “just-in-time-support for emotional eating” by sending an alert to your smartphone via Bluetooth that can also offer a distraction to redirect your attention elsewhere.
According to a study, the gadget made users more likely to think twice before opening the fridge.
“I became more conscious when I was about to eat or drink and self-reﬂected on why I was consuming something,” one participant said.
“I was eating without being aware of it, but by having to log both my eating habits and my emotions, I became aware of triggers for emotional eating, and also more aware of the health (or lack thereof) in my diet,” said another user.
One drawback, Czerwinski points out, is that the sensors in the bra will only work for about four hours before needing to be recharged.
“Those brave women kept having to run to the bathroom to charge their bra," Czwerwinski said of study participants. "I think an insert in the foot would be good because feet are really sweaty."
According to Discovery, recent studies have show that half the U.S. population experiences stress-eating, which a a leading contributor to the obesity epidemic.
Employees may soon be paying higher health insurance premiums for not meeting their employer’s health requirements.
One survey said 40 percent of major US firms would begin surcharging workers who fail to meet health requirements, such as weight loss goals and quitting smoking, in 2014. By 2015, two thirds of large companies are expected to implement the similar surcharges.
Currently, employees at 5,000 companies with such wellness guidelines have to measure up if they want full coverage.
According to a report from the Obesity Action Coalition, 67 percent of employees at these companies had to meet a weight-related health goal, but 60 percent of them received no coverage for the dietician counseling, fitness training, obesity drugs or bariatric surgery that might help them reach that goal.
"Weight requirements are an effective way to make it harder for people with obesity to qualify for full health coverage," said study author and founder of Conscienhealth Ted Kyle.
"Some programs can verge on discrimination," he said.
State employees in Washington and Wisconsin might pay $600 more per year for health coverage. Nonunion works at UPS could pay as much as $1,800 more, Reuter reported.
Under Obamacare, employees receive up to 20 percent of their health costs if they participate in health programs, like maximum body mass index, cessation, or voluntary screenings.
"We found that while less than 10 percent of workers at large employers smoke, their impact to healthcare costs is disproportionately huge," said vice president for the National Business Group on Health LuAnn Heinen. "Helping them quit — however you do that — has the most obvious near-term payoff in terms of savings and productivity gains."
If employees don’t save money through these measures, they are allowed to raise premiums.
While wellness programs are voluntary under the law, employees don’t feel like they have a choice, said Lewis Maltby, president of the National Workrights Institute.
"In today's job market, any reasonable request by one's employer is essentially read as a demand,” Maltby said.
Studies have shown that food stamps, despite the predominance of media reports portraying recipients as lazy freeloaders, are a highly beneficial program — not only for the people who need and receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but for the country as a whole.
Especially in a recession, the economy needs people to spend money, not save it. Because people need to eat, SNAP benefits are spent and spent quickly, pumping needed cash back into the economy.
But are food stamps good for the waistlines of people who need them? A Washington Post story published over the weekend says no — or tries to. The story zeroes in one Texas county in which 40 percent of residents require food assistance.
Food stamps translate into cheap food, and cheap food can easily mean fatty, sugary, high-calorie food. The county has twice the national average rate of obesity and diabetes, the Post says.
"Has the massive growth of a government feeding program solved a problem, or created one?" the story asks.
SNAP benefits were cut nationwide on November 1 of this year, and the Republican-led House of Representatives wants to keep cutting, hoping to kick 3.8 million people off the program. But one advocacy group, the Food Research and Action Center, says that the answer as far as regulating obesity is concerned, is not fewer people on food stamps, but more.
FRAC listed it main recommendations in a recent report. They include, “increasing participation in SNAP; improving SNAP benefit levels so people can afford adequate diets, including healthier foods; promoting fruit and vegetable purchases with SNAP benefits; supporting SNAP use at farmers’ markets and other venues; enhancing SNAP Nutrition Education; and increasing access to healthy, affordable foods in underserved communities.”
In other words, give people more resources to buy better food. And steer them toward healthy foods, because much cheap food is of poor, or even negative nutritional value.
While some studies, such as a 2008 survey by The U.S. Department of Agriculture, have found some correlation between food stamp use and obesity, that correlation is confined to adult women only. Men and children show no increased obesity levels if they receive SNAP benefits.
But FRAC questions even the data pertaining to women. Obesity rates correspond to income and education level, whether food stamps are part of the picture or not. Low-income women tend to have higher rates of obesity, regardless of whether they use SNAP benefits.
Obesity rates are lower among both men and women with college degrees than those who did not go to college.
A New Mexico legislator has voiced concern during a meeting of the Legislative Education Study Committee in Santa Fe that stretching during school physical education activities is really yoga and could possibly introduce children to Eastern religions.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Ann Paulls-Neal, a teacher at the Albuquerque elementary school, spoke to the committee about student health and obesity.
Paulls-Neal pointed out that to her class exercises are considered stretching or mat work instead of yoga because she doesn't want to give the impression that religion is involved.
Rep. Alonzo Baldonado expressed concern.
The Los Lunas Republican said parents should be notified and given the option to opt out, or their children should be offered alternative activities because yoga is linked to Eastern religions.
State Sen. Bill Soules, a Onate High School teacher in Las Cruces, said he has heard opinions of yoga, about it being based on religion, but said he had never heard of schools using it for anything more than exercise that would make kids stronger and healthier, according to the Farmington Daily-Times.
"It's a concern of the far right," said Soules, a Democrat, who serves on the legislative committee with Baldonado.
Soules said algebra is taught in public schools without any disputes, even though it also had religion-based roots.
Though the hearing ended with arguments about yoga and religion, Paulls-Neal and other teachers brought their worries about obesity in kids to the Capitol.
The head of a nonprofit progressive advocacy group took issue with the questions Baldonado raised at the meeting.
“Of all the things a legislator could focus on to get our public schools back on track, Rep. Baldonado chose this one as his most important,” said Patrick Davis of ProgressNowNM.org. “Even for conspiracy theorists, this one seems far-fetched. How he thinks a rudimentary stretching routine meant to improve physical health could lead students to join a religious cult is beyond me.”
Baldonado said he wouldn't want his own home-schooled children to be exposed to non-Christian practices.
Overweight Man Forced to Buy Two Plane Tickets To Accommodate Size and Discovers Seats are in Different Rows
It’s pretty normal for an overweight person to have to buy more than one seat on a flight because they can’t fit in just one, but for a 500-pound man flying round trip from Wales to Ireland, the two seats didn’t do him any good.
Les Price, 43, says he was flying to Ireland from Wales when he realized the two seats he purchased were not next to each other. One of the seats was next to the window, and the other was on the aisle. Another passenger occupied the seat in between, so Price had to switch. On the flight back to Wales, Price found out that the seats weren’t even in the same row. One was in row 17, and the other was in row 19.
“When I got to the airport I had to explain to all the staff why I had two tickets, they didn’t have a clue,” said Price. “When I finally got on the plane one was an aisle seat and the other was by the window – in a three-seat row. On the way back from Ireland one seat was in row 17 and the other in row 19.”
Price says that his weight started to get out of control after he injured himself and was forced to be bedridden for three months. Then, after his wife died of cancer in 2009, the situation became much worse.
Now, the man is set to star in BBC’s Live Longer Wales, a television program that chronicles the weight loss journeys of overweight people in Wales, and provides a commentary on the increasing weight problem in the country.