Week In Review – Kai Hibbard, Parents are Bullies, and Franken-foods

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February 24, 2013 by Darlene McC

Happy Sunday Amazons!

Hopefully you had a productive week, a restful Saturday, and have some solid physical fun planned today, because even though it’s Hella-Cold right now the Doppler is pretty clear for the moment.

remember to bundle up, Amazons!

Clear Skies!

But apparently there are storms coming this week, so get your Sunday Funday in now! On to what’s happened in our world in the last 7 days:

Here’s a cute one to start off with:

Oklahoma May Deny Women Affordable Birth Control Because It ‘Poisons Their Bodies’

Oklahoma already prevents women fromusing their insurance plans to help cover abortion services, but Republicans aren’t stopping there. One state lawmaker wants to continue stripping insurance coverage for reproductive health services, advancing a measure that would allow employers to refuse to cover birth control for any reason — based solely on the fact that one of his constituents believes it “poisons women’s bodies.”

While I have mixed feelings about birth control for me personally I find it very interesting that a government so strongly influenced by a powerful food lobby & permits industrial pollutants in our food and containers would pull that card about birth control being poison.  Yes, this is on the state level; but come on!  You can do better than that Mr State Senator Sen. Clark Jolley (R)!

On the other end of the reproductive health spectrum, Virginia is trying to let woman make their reproductive decisions without forcing the emotional card:

The Women’s Reproductive Health Caucus says it is committed to repealing legislation passed in 2012, including a law requiring a trans-abdominal ultrasound before an abortion. The caucus is also calling on lawmakers to approve Medicaid expansion in its forthcoming budget amendments.

Your “Funny Uncle” Making Jokes About Your Weight Didn’t Help:

Another fantastic article from the NYTimes (thank you Ann for sending it in) about health – this one about “overweight” children and the impact of parental feedback on their self esteem.  It would be easy to say “every parent with a heavy child should read this”… but I think EVERY PARENT SHOULD EFFIN READ THIS!  Feeling Bullied by Parents About Weight

The study mentioned was of kids at a "fat camp".  THESE GIRLS WERE AT FAT CAMP!?!  They're BEAUTIFUL!

The study mentioned was of kids at a “fat camp”. THESE GIRLS WERE AT FAT CAMP!?!

This article primarily focuses on what we say to our “bigger” kids; but what about the feedback we give all our kids on their bodies?  How do you talk to your daughter about her being skinny? or lanky? or coltish? or whatever!?  You don’t know that it’s a complement!  (pant… pant… okay… Catching my breath…)

My favorite tip at the end:

¶ Don’t engage in “fat talk,” complaining about weight and appearance, whether it’s your own, your child’s or a celebrity’s. Saying “My thighs are so huge!” teaches your child it’s acceptable to disparage herself and puts way too much emphasis on appearance, says Dr. Puhl.

Love it.  Thank you to NYTimes… now send that link to every parent you know.

Kai Hibbard Dishes on Biggest Loser:

A while back we decided to not do Biggest Loser reviews based off the first episode of this season.  As a blog focused on women’s health and wellness, we felt that glorifying a show where they beat the crap out of people wasn’t really in our mission.  Now a former contestant has come forward to discuss how she developed an eating disorder, the trainers and producers override the doctors and nutritionists, and the show itself is an abusive nightmare scenario.

Putting on a show.

Putting on a show.

Kai came forward on the plus-sized positive website BodyLoveWellness when Golda wrote her own slam of Biggest Loser.  She talks about how unhealthy her diet was and the eating disorder she developed.

“So I got to a point where I was only eating about 1,000 calories a day and I was working out between 5 and 8 hours a day. . . .  And my hair started to fall out.  I was covered in bruises.  I had dark circles under my eyes.  Not to get too completely graphic, but my period stopped altogether and I was only sleeping 3 hours a night.  I tried to tell the T.V. show about it and I was told, ‘save it for the camera.’

It gave me a really fun eating disorder that I battle every day, and it also messed up my mental body image because the lighter I got during that T.V. show, the more I hated my body.  And I tell you what, at 144 and at 262 and at 280, I had never hated my body before that show.

“I do still struggle [with an eating disorder].  I do.  My husband says I’m still afraid of food. . . . I’m still pretty messed up from the show. It doesn’t help that when I go in public . . . the first thing they usually ask me is ‘what do you weigh now?’”

It breaks my heart; but I’m so proud of her for coming forward.  While trainers understand that it’s unhealthy and nearly impossible to lose 12 lbs in a week, her coming forward to confirm our suspicion that they were going more than 7 days in a “week” on the show & they were being coached in dehydration techniques before weigh ins helped a lot.  A few telling quotes from her interview with Huffington Post:

When you send me hate mail make sure you spell check it.  Fame Whore is spelled with a ‘w’.

I participated in something that I feel is harmful to so many people so I own responsibility to make it better.

A Paid Study To Tell Us Something Every Woman Over 55 Knows:

Hot flashes take toll on life, health, and work.  Apparently getting really hot, sweaty, and distracted makes you less productive.  Who knew?

Another Awesome Times Article That Might Piss You Off:

Apparently, food companies know that they’re being equated to the tobacco industry and manufacturing foods that are slowly killing this country.  In 1999 food scientist James Behnke, an executive at Pillsbury, called together a meeting of leading industry execs to discuss how their products were contributing to the national obesity epidemic. He and others laid out the problem and their role in it.  One speaker, Michael Mudd, laid out how they could work together to help solve the problem by policing themselves. The CEO of General Mills stood to respond and ended with a resounding ‘no’.

To react to the critics, Sanger said, would jeopardize the sanctity of the recipes that had made his products so successful. General Mills would not pull back. He would push his people onward, and he urged his peers to do the same. Sanger’s response effectively ended the meeting.

The article goes on to detail how Franken-foods are conceived in a lab.  It’s supporting evidence for everything a Paleo kid thinks they know, and fascinatingly affirming.  It ends with a brief note about introducing the “baby carrot” as a junk food and the way it was marketed as a snack.  Umm… yeah.

Why Sex Is Good For You!

Well, that was a lot of depressing info.  So I thought we’d end on a positive note.

Here are 10 health reasons that women should have sex.  While studies have shown that #6 is bogus, I leave it to you to decide.

Have a great week!


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