Sorry guys…its been a slow news week (other than the whole Kevin smith thing, and others are far more eloquent than I on the topic.) I have also been ill. I promise I will be posting more once this crazy sinus stuff dies down…or something in the news really pisses me off.
Quick hit: woman saved by love handles February 25, 2010
Who says fat wont save your life? from http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35549378/ns/us_news-weird_news?GT1=43001
Woman says her love handles saved her life:
After incident: ‘I want to be as big as I can if it’s going to stop a bullet’
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – A Florida woman said her love handles saved her life when she was shot entering an Atlantic City bar. Samantha Lynn Frazier said she heard two pops when she walked into Herman’s Place early Saturday. The 35-year-old then felt pain and saw blood on her hand after she grabbed her left side. Atlantic City police said Frazier was an innocent bystander.
Detective Lt. Charles Love said the gunman was aiming for a man who escaped with a bullet hole in his down jacket.
The suspect remains at large.
researchers at UI chicago’s Institute for health research and policy is getting a 2.2 million dollar federal grant to determine if TV advertising affects kids diet, physical activity and weight. It is a four-year project funded by the National Cancer Institute, and is unique because it will be the first to separate out the effects of tv advertising versus the effects of amount of tv watched.
Previous research conducted by Powell and her colleagues showed that 98 percent of food-product ads viewed by children ages 2 to 11, and 89 percent of those viewed by adolescents ages 12 to 17, were for foods high in fat, sugar or sodium.
The current study is the first to combine food, beverage and restaurant ad ratings and nutritional data with individual data on obesity to analyze the relationship between product exposure, nutritional content of ad exposure, and food consumption, diet quality and obesity, according to the researchers.
The study will also examine the relationship between exposure to health promotion ads — those that encourage eating fruits and vegetables or getting regular physical activity — and individual behaviors related to diet, activity and weight outcomes.
By measuring the types of ads that children of different ages and races are exposed to, the researchers hope to be able to determine if advertising practices and television viewing patterns contribute to differences in diet and obesity among white and black children.
In previous posts (see https://erylin.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/childhood-obesity-its-not-the-tv-its-the-junk-food-commericals/) i discussed a study that showed a definite link between COMMERICAL tv and weight issues when compared to dvds, movies ect. This study will focus on the same thing…perhaps we are looking at a future ban on sugar cereal commericals….however will they sell us HFCS for breakfast then? I mean of COURSE ads affect what our kids want…and what mother, in a fit of stfu HASNT caved and bought sugar smacks…or dove…or freaking fruit gummies, which passes for real fruit in my kids lunches at school sometimes. Have you watched Nickelodeon recently? If they aren’t being sold toys, they are being sold candy….cereal….or strawberry milk…..ick.
Another factor that really excites me: this is a GOOD study…it will involve thousands of subjects…..and University of Illinois at Chicago is a RENOWN research facility….we are talking impeccable research here people. UIC ranks among the nation’s leading research universities and is Chicago’s largest university with 26,000 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the state’s major public medical center. I look forward to seeing the results.
(from University of Illinois at Chicago)
No Brownies at Bake Sales, but Doritos May Be O.K. February 24, 2010
from http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/23/no-brownies-at-bake-sales-but-doritos-may-be-o-k/ an article at NYT:
What. THE FUCK: “Nine months after effectively banning most fund-raising food sales in city schools, a city panel will vote Wednesday on an amended regulation that will allow student groups to sell items like Pop-Tarts and Doritos during the school day, but not brownies, zucchini bread or anything else homemade.” and the reason: NOT because of fears with needles in food when i was a kid (remember having to x ray your trick or treat goodies?) but because homemade goodies are too fattening. According to the school board “Under the new rules, students may sell fresh fruits and vegetables, or one of 27 specific packaged items that have been approved for sales in city vending machines, between the start of school and 6 p.m. on weekdays. The same goes for parent groups, except for an exception carved out for one no-brownies-barred Parent Teacher Association bake sale during the school day per month.” I’m down with fruits and veggies, sell those all you want…but do you really think kids will chose an apple over Doritos? and i know there were guidelines for choosing the “approved foods”: For example, all products must be in marked, single-serving packages with a maximum calorie count of 200. Artificial sweeteners, like Splenda, are banned. Less than 35 percent of the item’s total calories may come from either total sugars or fat. Grain-based products must contain at least 2 grams of fiber.
“No homemade or unpackaged items are on the list of “approved” foods because “it’s impossible to know what the content is, or what the portion size is,” said Kathleen Grimm, the deputy chancellor for infrastructure and portfolio planning, who oversees the regulation.”
yea it’s really impossible to know what the content of a given baked good is…unless the person baking it followed a goddamn recipe stupid. see, 3 cups of flour has x number of calories. mix that with egg (y number of calories) and sugar (z number) then add the numbers together and divide but the number of cookies you made…ta da you know how many calories are in a homemade cookie. Oh, but its not from a big food company……its not “prepackaged”. Somehow 20 chemicals are good for you, but banana bread with 4 ingredients is banned because it doenst fit regulations.
And the kicker…..for student fundraising group, bake sales were a great money maker….you can take 5 dollars worth of ingredients and turn them into cookies, brownies or bread and each serving costs under 25 cents. Now, the clubs have to go buy the “approved foods” from sam’s club or costo and mark up….who wants to bet they are making WAY less money, and not selling as much to boot?
To purchase food for approved sales, students may go to Costco or other stores to buy items for resale, said Eric Goldstein, the schools’ chief executive for food and busing.
The city’s new vending operator, The Answer Group, will also negotiate with vendors to produce fund-raising kits for students, probably by next September, said the group’s president, Tom Murn.
That also didn’t seem to excite students. “With the packaged goods, half the profits are going to the companies,” said Anya Lehr, a senior at LaGuardia High School for the Arts
Shame on you NYC school districts…once again you tried to do something “for our health and the health of our kids” and instead ended up just supporting big agra business and food manufacturers, all the while taking money out of students hands. Is it really gonna make teenagers fat if they buy hommade baked goods? or wont the pop tarts, cookies chips and doritios that are approved do that for you?
um duh! I just wish they wouldn’t couch it in OMG HELP THE FATTIES terms. When I was in school, I remember having 2 recesses a day, each was about 40 min long….AND gym 3 x a week…now kids get to go out 1x to recess, and for some kids, that gets taken away as a punishment, so there is no movement at all, all day long…they have gym 1 day a week. just one. I am ALLL for gym 5x a week…and recess 2x a day…but lets not blame it on the fatties shall we? we have kids getting served hamburgers and fries as a lunch option EVERY DAY at some schools….ketchup was made a vegetable for schools (under Bush I belive, and I do belive it is now OFF the veggie list but still) OF COURSE our kids are fatter…they lost 1/2 or more of their play time per day. THe kids that are better at storing energy (ie the Fat ones) will just start storing it…. and I see something of a vicious cycle too…if fatties are “stupid” and do bad at school (like oh so much of the world wants to portray us)…then they lose their recess…..thereby LOSING the only time they have to go outside and run around and play (my kids teachers regularly takes recess away as a punishment) …… /headdesk
oh but wait…i am a fat activist…im supposed to be AGAINST exercise in school right? no im against exercise in school that shames fat kids and makes them feel awful….im against exercise for ONLY the fatties….give ALL our kids a chance at running around outside and playing more, not just the kids who can afford to go to active lessions after school.
biggest loser unsafe says experts February 21, 2010
Any of you familiar with me and my blog know my love of reality tv…and my utter hatred of the biggest loser and any other weight loss competition style show. (see https://erylin.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/i-hate-jillian-michaels/ ) THis post over at yahoo ( i know not the best of sources, but they DID talk to professors form UT at Huston. I’ll just quote extensively, no snark or explain really is required…someitimes it’s great to be validated by “experts.”
ON the dangers of the show
“They’re taking people who have been inactive and are not in good shape and boom, automatically subjecting them to this stress,” Carol Wolin-Riklin, the bariatric nutrition coordinator for the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, told LiveScience. “Things are going to happen.”
And indeed, things have. Two patients were hospitalized after collapsing during a one-mile (1.6 km) foot race for the season 8 premiere. This year’s season 9 opened with another strenuous challenge in which contestants raced 26.2 miles (42 km) on stationary bikes. Show medical consultant and UCLA professor Rob Huizenga had to drag one protesting contestant off her bike when she was stricken with severe cramps. A second contestant, 526-pound Michael Ventrella, was treated for exhaustion.
ON the reality of losing weight that fast
For one thing, contestants start out in worse shape than most. Seventeen of the 22 contestants have a body mass index (BMI) over 40, meaning they are severely obese. In the “real world,” more than one-third of U.S. adults, or 72 million people, are considered obese with a BMI of 30 or higher, according to the CDC. But research published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the number of Americans with a BMI over 40 is just under 6 percent. In other words, the show’s claim that the contestants are the “epitome” of American Obeisty is a bit like saying that VH1’s “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels” epitomizes the American dating scene.
And then there’s the exercise program. Contestants work out five to six hours a day, eating strictly supervised diets. They routinely drop double-digit pounds each week. The contestant who loses the smallest percentage of body weight can be sent home.
In reality, said physician Robert Kushner, the clinical director of the Northwestern University Comprehensive Center on Obesity, a safe rate of weight loss is about one to two pounds per week.
“I think a lot of people can feel quite defeated that they’re losing weight in what we would call a recommended amount, but they would have been voted off the show immediately,” Kushner told LiveScience. “So the message, to me, is just all wrong.”
So is the science. Losing weight rapidly can be risky, according to Virginia Tech professor of human nutrition, foods and exercise Janet Walberg Rankin. Patients who lose weight quickly run the risk of gallstones, mineral deficiencies, loss of muscle tissue and reduced bone density.
ON regaining the weight
Risks aside, weight-loss experts say that the biggest problem with the Biggest Loser is that extreme methods of dropping pounds are less likely to work in the long run. Several former Biggest Loser contestants have regained some or all of the weight, which doesn’t surprise Kushner.
“They’re not working with a trainer every day, they’re not on national TV every day, they’re back to life,” he said. “It’s very difficult to sustain.”
While researchers aren’t sure if repeated cycles of weight lost and weight gained are more dangerous than staying overweight or obese, the psychological toll of failing to keep weight off can be grim, said Kushner. People often feel like failures and become hopeless about their health.
all quotes are from http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20100221/sc_livescience/thebiggestloserhasbigproblemshealthexpertssay by Stephanie Pappas LiveScience Contributor
Quick hit: teenager suicides after fat shaming February 20, 2010
what is it going to take for people to think that fat shaming is a big deal? (Warning may be triggering, espically for those that were bullied)
TEENAGE waitress committed suicide after relentless bullying by her co-workers, court is told. Brodie Panlock, 19, was spat on, called fat and ugly and, on one occasion, had fish oil poured all over her hair and clothes. One tormentor even told her to take rat poison. Ms Panlock, who worked at Cafe Vamp in Melbourne, jumped to her death in September 2006.
Former Vamp employees Nicholas Smallwood, Rhys MacAlpine and Gabriel Toomey have all pleaded guilty in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court to failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of persons. The cafe’s owner, Marc Luis Da Cruz, and his company MAP Foundation have pleaded guilty to two charges, including failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment. The court was crowded with Ms Panlock’s friends and family as they heard distressing details of her ordeal.
Prosecutor Gary Livermore told a pre-sentence hearing that witnesses had seen several of the accused pour fish oil into Ms Panlock’s kitbag and then pour it over her, reducing her to tears. They had also called her fat and ugly and spat on her. Magistrate Peter Lauritsen was told that Ms Panlock had tried to commit suicide in May 2006 by taking rat poison after being rejected by Smallwood, with whom she’d had an intimate relationship. Mr Livermore said that after that incident rat poison was put in her bag, and MacAlpine had told her to go and take it.
At a coroner’s hearing in 2008, Meghan Chester, a former barista at Cafe Vamp, said Ms Panlock had no confidence in her beauty or worth. “I have worked in the hospitality industry for 10 years, but I have never seen anything like what those … males did to Brodie,” Ms Chester said. In the statement read to the court, Ms Chester said that the accused had taken bullying “to another level”. Ms Panlock’s father told the court that he was devastated that he was not able to protect her. “As a father, one of my main duties to my family was to protect my wife and children – I feel very upset I couldn’t protect Brodie from what she went through,” he said. Her mother said that she had been on medication since her death and found it difficult to sleep. “Brodie was such a big part of my life,” she said.
Da Cruz told the court that his family was shattered by Ms Panlock’s death and he had put his restaurant up for sale and was intending to move to Queensland. The pre-sentence hearing is continues.
Is THIS enough? She killed herself because you told her to because she’s too fat….Happy now trolls? Is the only good fatty a dead fatty? Bet your ass if it had been because she was gay,…. or because she was black or because she was disabled…. or because she was a woman it would have been different. It would have made worldwide news, and people would have called it MURDER or manslaughter not “failure to take reasonable care for the health and safety of persons” oh, but wait you want to say being fat is a choice? well so is being muslim….or chirstian…or jewish…..so jihad right? /headdesk
And the worst part? she was 19…at WORK. ITs supposed to get EASIER after high school…we are all adults right? apparently not….and apparnetly your boss will look on and giggle too, or they wouldn’t be charged (and found guilty) as well. THIS is the face of anti-fat bias people. Look at it……then DO something about it.
RIP Brodie Panlock….i hope you can find peace.