Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Kimkins Wins the Slim Chance Award

The Worst Diet Promotions of 2008 snag 20th Annual Slim Chance Awards

HETTINGER, ND – Healthy Weight Network released its 20th annual Slim Chance Awards today, highlighting both the hidden dangers of diets and supplements that often contain unknown ingredients and sometimes potent drugs, and the merely ridiculous.

To call 2008 a typical year in the weight loss field would be too easy. This year’s awards go to an infamous huckster of diet infomercials, known for his outrageous disregard of injunctions against him; $139 body-shaping jeans impregnated with substances that supposedly reduce cellulite; a pill that’s “proven” to make your belly fat vanish; and a dangerous starvation diet launched recklessly on the Internet with false promises of safe, fast and permanent weight loss.

All in all, a typical year that synthesizes all that is deceptive and exploitative in this field. So, here they are, the 20th annual Slim Chance Awards (only “Worst Product” is shown here):

WORST PRODUCT: Kimkins diet. It must have seemed an easy way to get rich quick. Founder Heidi “Kimmer” Diaz set up a website and charged members a fee to access the Kimkins diet, boasting they could lose up to 5 percent of their body weight in 10 days. “Better than gastric bypass,” there was “no faster diet,” and in fact she herself had lost 198# in 11 months. Stunning “after” photos were displayed. In June 2007 Women’s World ran it as a cover story, and that month alone PayPal records show the Kimkins site took in over $1.2 million. Then users began complaining of chest pains, hair loss, heart palpitations, irritability and menstrual irregularities. This was not surprising since Kimkins is essentially a starvation diet, down to 500 calories per day and deficient in many nutrients (shockingly, laxatives are advised to replace the missing fiber). In a lawsuit, 11 former members are uncovering a vast record of Diez’s alleged fraud. They found that the stunning “after” photos, including one of Kimmer herself, had been lifted from a Russian mail order bride site. According to a deposition reported by Los Angeles TV station KTLA, Diaz admitted using fake pictures, fake stories and fake IDs, and a judge has allowed the litigants to freeze some of her assets.

For a full list, go to Quackery and Fraud

Saturday, December 6, 2008

There’s nothing wrong with your face


lately i’ve been glaring into mirrors
picking myself apart
you’d think at my age i’d have thought
of something better to do
than making insecurity into a full-time job
making insecurity into art
and i fear my life will be over
and i will have never lived unfettered
always glaring into mirrors
mad i don’t look better

but now here is this tiny baby
and they say she looks just like me
and she is smiling at me
with that present infant glee
and yes i will defend
to the ends of the earth
her perfect right to be

so i’m beginning to see some problems
with the ongoing work of my mind
and i’ve got myself a new mantra
it says: “don’t forget to have a good time”
don’t let the sellers of stuff power enough
to rob you of your grace
love is all over the place

there’s nothing wrong with your face
love is all over the place
there’s nothing wrong with your face

lately i’ve been glaring into mirrors
picking myself apart

h/t to Kate Harding

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Magic'sMom an anti KK blogger has thrown down the gauntlet. Having been named as one of the Defendants in the SLAPP suit Heidi filed, Mags has sent a call out to all the Anti-KK activists.


I am answering that call.

How about you??

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day

One vote, One voice

Won't you join me today in making history. Make your voice heard.


Your country needs you now.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

In other words....

Words can be awfully powerful. As women how many of us have been on the receiving end of some really negative words. Most of these come from our own mouths. See if any of this sounds familiar.

I'm such a cow.

I feel fat today.

My arms look like hams.

My thighs look like cottage cheese.

I'm ugly.

I have no self control.

I'm worthless.

Well you get the picture, right? We all have days when we just do not feel our best. Goddess knows why we have to jump down on our looks when we don't, but we do. We spout off to anyone who is listening, I feel (insert self putdown here). Then everyone tells you oh no you're not_____.

Here are a few words I found in a comment on a blog post somewhere. It's not the exact comment, I'm paraphrasing to fit more people. See if you can try to use them instead. We have enough people in this world putting us down. (women I mean) We don't need to do it to ourselves. Now repeat this on those days when you just aren't feeling up to snuff.

“I’m having a bad body image day; I’m feeling like I shouldn’t be happy with who I am. Can you, as my friends, help me get back on track?”

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Love Your Body Day 2008

Do you love what you see when you look in the mirror?

Hollywood and the fashion, cosmetics and diet industries work hard to make each of us believe that our bodies are unacceptable and need constant improvement. Print ads and television commercials reduce us to body parts — lips, legs, breasts — airbrushed and touched up to meet impossible standards. TV shows tell women and teenage girls that cosmetic surgery is good for self-esteem. Is it any wonder that 80% of U.S. women are dissatisfied with their appearance?

Women and girls spend billions of dollars every year on cosmetics, fashion, magazines and diet aids. These industries can't use negative images to sell their products without our assistance.

Together, we can fight back.

Check out the Love Your Body Website.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Losing the Weight Stigma

From The New York Times

The public-health crusade of the moment is a no-holds-barred war on obesity. Those waging it don’t have time for subtlety. When Senator Christopher Dodd introduced the Obesity Prevention Act of 2008 this summer, he called obesity “a medical emergency of hurricanelike proportions” that is wreaking havoc “on our families, on our society and on our health care system.”

But some activists and academics, part of a growing social movement known as fat acceptance, suggest that we rethink this war — as well as our definition of health itself. Fat-acceptance activists insist you can’t assume someone is unhealthy just because he’s fat, any more than you can assume someone is healthy just because he’s slim. (They deliberately use the word “fat” as a way to reclaim it, much the way some gay rights activists use the word “queer.”) Rather, they say, we should focus on health measurements that are more meaningful than numbers on a scale. This viewpoint received a boost in August when The Archives of Internal Medicine reported that fully half of overweight adults and one-third of the obese had normal blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar — indicating a normal risk for heart disease and diabetes, conditions supposedly caused by being fat.

This is a core argument of fat acceptance: that it’s possible to be healthy no matter how fat you are and that weight loss as a goal is futile, unnecessary and counterproductive — and that fatness is nobody’s business but your own.

Many fat-acceptance activists prefer a new approach to dieting that focuses on nutrition, exercise and body image. A new book out this fall, “Health at Every Size,” by Linda Bacon, a nutritionist and physiologist at the University of California at Davis, outlines this approach, which is less about dieting than a lifestyle change that emphasizes “intuitive eating”: listening to hunger signals, eating when you’re hungry, choosing nutritious food over junk. It encourages exercise, but for its emotional and physical benefits, not as a way to lose weight. It advocates tossing out the bathroom scale and loving your body no matter what it weighs.

The philosophy is migrating slowly into mainstream programs, like a spa in Vermont that focuses on “acceptance of ourselves and our wonderful sizes.” But the spas and other programs have trouble with the bottom line of fat acceptance — rejection of weight loss as a goal. Weight Watchers, for instance, uses some of the same slogans, and while it promotes its program as “not a diet,” it still tracks weight loss down to the decimal point.

Several studies suggest that if the aim is getting healthier rather than slimmer, then in the long run the “Health at Every Size” approach works better than dieting. In 2005, Bacon led the only randomized control trial to date that tested this hypothesis physiologically. She randomly assigned half of the 78 subjects, all women, to a “Health at Every Size” group; while they lost no weight, their healthier behavior led to lower blood-pressure and cholesterol levels, which stayed low even two years later. In the weight-loss group, more than 40 percent dropped out before the six-month low-calorie diet ended, and at the two-year follow-up, the average dieter had regained all her lost weight, and the only measurement that dropped was one for self-esteem.

Scientists who study obesity at the cellular level say genetics determines people’s natural weight range, right down to the type and amount of food they crave, how much they move and where they accumulate fat. Asking how someone got to be so fat is as meaningless as asking how he got to be so tall. “The severely obese have some underlying genetic or metabolic difference we’re not smart enough to identify yet,” says Dr. Rudolph Leibel of Columbia University Medical Center. “It’s the same way that a 7-foot-tall basketball player is genetically different from me, at 5-foot-8.”

Fat has been blamed for cardiac trouble, diabetes and some forms of cancer. But fat-acceptance activists argue that the epidemiological studies that link fatness to disease often fail to adjust for non-weight-related risk factors found more often in fat populations. Poverty, minority-group status, too much fast food, a sedentary lifestyle, lack of access to health insurance or to nonjudgmental medical care, the stress of self-loathing and being part of a stigmatized group — all are more common among fat people, and all are linked to poorer health outcomes at any weight. This makes it harder to say to what extent an association between obesity and disease is due to the fatness itself or to the risk factors that tend to go along with being fat.

It remains an open question, one deserving of further scientific scrutiny, whether the health risks seen in fat populations are caused by the fat itself or by something else. Only then can we really know how to effectively wage the war on obesity — or if such a war even needs to be waged.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Heidi's Cross Complaint

Wanna know what i really think of this.......

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Out of the Darkness Community Walk

Alabama Walk
September 13, 2008 at Heardmont Park

Dear Friend,

I will be joining with thousands of people nationwide this fall to walk in AFSP's 2008 Out of the Darkness Community Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I would appreciate any support that you give me for this worthwhile cause.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 32,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP's mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.

I hope you will consider supporting my participation in this event. Any contribution will help the work of AFSP, and all donations are 100% tax deductible.

Donating online is safe and easy! To make an online donation please click the "Support This Participant" button on this page.

As someone who knows first hand that deep dark pit of despair, this cause hits very close to home for me. Without the help of organizations like this I would not be here today. So please take the time to donate.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Shame and Eating Disorders: Would You Like To Share Your Experience?

On of my go to blogs on ED has to be the awesome, Weighing the Facts. This blog is chock ful of all sorts of ED info and resources. Right now she is looking for people who suffer with an ED to share their stories.

I am in the process of working on mine. So why don't you head over there and share your own story.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Happy Labor Day

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

In Which I Apologize and Refuse to Apologize

In reading as many blogs as I do on a daily basis I come across many posts that say exactly what I have wanted to put into words but haven't. This is one such post.

In Which I Apologize and Refuse to Apologize « I AM in shape. ROUND is a shape.

Here is just a sample:

I Apologize.

To all those who ever had to listen to me wax on poetically about the benefits of my latest weight loss scheme.

To everyone who ever had to suffer through me droning on about what foods I was cutting out or what crazy food I was eating obsessively in order to lose weight .

To every family member, friend, co-worker, who had to repeatedly praise the effects of my self-starvation in order to encourage me to get “healthy” by getting thinner.

I WILL NOT Apologize.

For no longer fawning over the latest diet craze; be it a pill, a surgery or even a “lifestyle change”.

For trying to accept my body’s natural size and shape; regardless of what the media or fashion or the health industry (read: Pharmaceutical companies) tell me I should feel.

For turning down your offer to “join you” on your newest little diet/exercise plan or “lifestyle change”.

So follow the link and head over there to read the other outstanding points of this powerful post.

I would like to add a point of my own---I apologize to all those people I convinced to have an extreme life/body altering dangerous surgery like WLS.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Anorexia: A Media-Borne Illness

From Business Week: The Debate Room

TV, magazines, and the Internet are to blame for today’s artificial standard of beauty and the resulting low self-esteem and eating disorders among girls and women. Pro or con?

Where do you stand on this issue? Join the conversation in the comments section of the above article.

As for what I believe.......ED is a mental illness...period. It is not a choice. The media only triggers the illness, making it worse.

Thursday, July 3, 2008


Monday, June 30, 2008

Kimkins Fatphobia

Fatphobia is running rampant everywhere but never more so than inside Kimkins. A woman wants to LOSE weight WHILE pregnant. Another is having heart palpitations and severe dizzy spells. All the members are severely fatphobic but these 2 ladies are seriously jeopardizing their health by continuing to follow this severely low everything diet.

Have they been caught up so deep in the fantasy of being thin that they fall for the idea that being fat is unhealthy. Diets do not work even if you don't call them diets.

Why put your life and the life of an unborn child at risk all for the sake of being thin?

Kimkins is just one of many companies out to make a buck off the so called obesity epi-panic. Heidi Diaz does not care about her members--hence her not encouraging these members to folow another eating plan. Her main concern is the $80 people are willing to pay her. Her diet is no more effective than any other diet.

I encourage everyone--especially women-- to embrace and love yourself enough to give up dieting completely. Learn to eat normaly again. There truly is health at every size.

Saturday, June 28, 2008


Sunday, June 15, 2008


Friday, May 30, 2008

Living for the Day

This post was so awesome it bears repeating in it's entirety ......from PJ at Divine Low Carb

Living for the Day

I knew I needed to get up and do some raking and mow part of the backyard lawn, and maybe all of the front again. It's spring, the rain makes it grow like crazy. I was procrastinating. Just as I decided to do it, the phone rang. And a good thing I was lazy, because I wouldn't have heard it or answered it while mowing.

I yelled to the kid and she and I ran to the car, speeding five blocks away to my parents' house. Moments after we arrived, the local siren started screaming (signifying a twister has been seen within or from the city limits). Then we spent the next while underground, watching out the top of an open tornado shelter as clouds raced across the sky at truly incredible rates and the siren keened.

In the end, it missed us by just a few miles, literally annihilating the tiny town right next door (Picher), as part of a 1/2 mile wide, 90 mile long swath of destruction.

Which meant I didn't get the damn lawn mowed.

Which is really pretty insignificant next to the damage, injuries and deaths all around, obviously.

It's a little surreal when you see stuff on the national news that you just drove by on Tuesday and you realize "Hey, that small pile of boards was the school," or, "Hey, that big block of nothingness seen from the helicopter was the housing tract where Jim lives. Er, lived."

Rather like the winter ice storm that destroyed nearly every tree at about 18 feet and higher, making the whole town look like a war zone somehow, this has a weird psychological effect on the local onlookers. Me, at least.


I was browsing one of the lowcarb forums recently, and one thread was talking about things we don't do because we're fat. No, I don't mean because we can't do them, I mean because we're embarrassed to do them -- to be seen. The social horror is a more potent threat to stay inside for many than an armed curfew guard in a war zone.

Since I lost down to 400# (375 if LC, about 390 when not -- water weight), my perception of myself has changed a little. Sure, I'm still ashamed to exist in some social respects, because having been brainwashed by the same skinny-white culturally retarded meme as the rest of North America, the reptilian part of my little tiny brain thinks that's what I should be. I'm neither skinny (at all) nor white (much) so it's pretty irritating that my brain got washed with that just as well as anybody else's.

But on the whole, my willingness to be seen has increased slightly, recently. This is in part because for the first time ever, after lowcarbing and losing some weight, I:

1. Got shoes. Don't laugh; I'd been wearing generally house slippers or thongs for years, zero foot support for a person who desperately needs it more than most, because I couldn't find shoes I fit into. The ladies in my LC journal told me that men's shoes have a 'wider toe-box' than women's and to try that, and what do you know--I had my first pair of tennis shoes ever. Lost weight, and more weight, and now I can go to payless and slip on a pair of size 10. (I'm 8 1/2 US when normal weight.) I like the VANS-style slip-on shoes and mostly wear those. Call it stupid, but actually being able to walk comfortably has made a big difference for me.

2. Got pants. I hadn't been able to fit in any form of pants for years, and wore skirts, usually 2-3 of them layered, instead. Skirts are no fun in wet weather, in sub-freezing weather (especially if you don't have underwear that fit...)--I think you get the idea--or when mowing a high lawn filled with bugs... sigh. But I was able to get into a 6x, and then--less gracefully, but they stretch a bit and become loose and work fine, into a 5x--of Junonia's "cargo pants", which are almost, not quite, like "real" pants, something I hadn't seen since on my hips since my early 20's.

3. Had a day where I was unusually, deeply humiliated on the very busy street I live on. To begin with, I was already horribly embarrassed to be outside without my normal long-tent-shirt. These go from neck to knees like a giant bag preventing any onlooker from the ghastly spectre of any possible detail of my obesity. On top of that, I was trying to start a pull-cord lawnmower, which means I was also bent over with my back end sticking out and my whole body shaking wildly from the effort. I'm relatively certain it was a horrible sight to behold, and there may be passing drivers still waking up in a cold sweat from the memory. My mortification at this only added to my rage that I couldn't get it started. But as a bizarre side effect, later on, I felt rather like I'd had the worst possible exposure issue AND SURVIVED.

And suddenly I just cared a whole lot less. I actually wore pants WITHOUT the tent-shirt to the store. And then to another store.

Nobody fainted in the produce aisle. Small children did not wail in fear. The devil-child cheerleaders of high school did not manifest like the Ghosts of my Social Outcast Past to mock me for my Levi 501's, let alone for the current size of my butt (you never know when those cute blonde horrors are going to crop up in some public place to test your coronary health).

And after a few days I realized that instead of wearing sandles and 2 skirts, I was wearing comfortable shoes and pants. And instead of wearing sleeves and multiple layers on hot days, or skirts and sandles on snow days, I'm actually dressed sanely for the climate.

It's really astounding how much more willing to MOVE I am, and to spontaneously do things like run out to the backyard to do a little weeding for ten minutes, or run to the store for something, or run out to the car to get the book I forgot, or grab a rake and work on the front yard while I happen to be out on the front porch anyway, when I am physically comfortable and don't feel quite so mortified as I did before. I feel as if I am getting so much more exercise in a million small ways.

Do people still look at me with that "don't- look- at- her- it's- rude" evasion or the "good- god- imagine- how- many- bonbons- she- must- eat- to- be- that- fat" response? Absolutely. Do I care? Not nearly as much as I did.

You know what? I'm fat. There is no hiding it. There is no clothing, no careful posing position, no tent-like covering, that is going to fool anybody within 2 states of me into thinking I am a normal size. No matter how many layers or tents I wear, no matter how many bland and dark colors I wear, nobody is ever, not for an instant, going to NOT NOTICE that I am ABSOLUTELY HUGE.

So get the hell over it, you know? Ya don't like it, don't look.

While I'm not to the bathing suit in public without something over me stage yet, I am at least to the "pants and tank top while mowing on a busy street" stage. I am going out in public dressed like -- I mean, acting like -- I mean, ALMOST like -- Gasp! --

A normal person.


I think I've lost count years ago of the things I would have liked to have done with my little girl but didn't, because I was embarrassed; because people would look at me that way, with that revulsion, rejection, disgust, avoidance, etc.

So we didn't go bowling, or to the pool, or any number of other things we could have done. If I couldn't sit in the car or lurk on a bench (replete in 3 skirts and a tent...), I didn't do it.

She's nearly 12 now. We still have a great relationship, but she is heading into the teenage years. How much longer will my little girl trust me implicitly? How much longer will she want to go bowling with mom? She isn't a "little" girl anymore.

Today I was thinking, and then what?

What if I'd been killed by a tornado, by anything from an act of god to an act of stupidity to a side effect of a lifetime of lousy eating? If I died tomorrow, what brave adventures would I have lived? And how would my kid remember me?

I was the person not courageous enough to do any number of things because I worried about what people would say or how they would look at me or even treat me.

I was the person who sat in too many clothes in a hot car in the sun watching while my kid swam because there was no place to sit in the pool area and I couldn't go in.

I was the person who sat around with a computer rather than doing any number of things with the people around me I loved, because they would require being around other people I didn't love who would look at me wrong.

You know, you, me... anyone could walk out of here and get killed by some drunk in a pickup. I could slip in the shower and break my neck. When your number's up, it's up.
from "The Zero Effect"

It used to be that black people had to sit at the back of the bus. But you know, severely fat people can't even get on the damn bus. They don't or barely fit in the seats, they can't or barely (sideways) fit down the aisles, and there's not even a contingent of their own people at the back, at least, waiting to welcome them as one of them: they're just the social pariahs of a thin-for-sex- obsessed culture, and are treated poorly by every gender, age, race, and economic class.

There is no Cheers bar "where everybody knows your name;" there's no pub where your fellows recognize and accept you for no better reason than your stubborn nose and fiery hair prove you're one from the clans. Just about the only place to find people likely to accept you as you are is on the internet, a virtual world apart, where people on forums gather to talk like normal people to other seemingly normal people without the horrifying social-filter that in-person relations often provide.

Bizarrely enough, in a world seriously overstuffed (no pun intended) with fat people, somehow most of us manage to be alone with it. We are outcasts in our culture and sometimes even our families, and don't have any bonding-place for our commonality aside from online.

And today I realized:


Tina is digging through the rubble for baby clothes or anything she can salvage from the trash heap that used to be her house. One woman found two sons dead. An entire town just vanished off the map. With stuff like this going on in the world every day, going on nearly in your own neighborhood, how can obsessing on the LITTLE STUFF like how other people treat you, seem to matter in the slightest anymore?

The whole "comparative scale of what matters" suddenly seems different to me. My God. The "social rejection" of me for being fat seems so utterly absurd all the sudden.

Why does some bozo who doesn't even KNOW me, looking at me with "that look", matter more than me spending time doing something with my kid, for myself, whatever?

How many fat people get vastly less exercise because they're too socially mortified to leave the house, or the environ doesn't "fit" them to allow them basic things people need (chairs they fit in. bathrooms they can fit in. etc.), or they haven't got the decent or comfortable clothing any smaller-sized person would to allow it?

I see people, normal sized, going out to kids baseball games. They drag out a lawn chair and they sit and drink beer and soda, use the restroom, or climb up on the bleachers. When you can't climb, when you're wearing skirts, when it's freezing and you've only thongs or it's wet and you've only slippers, when you don't fit in a lawn chair, yet you need to sit vastly more than those people do given your size, you don't go to those baseball games. Or you watch from the car 500 yards away. "Yeah, I saw you baby! That was great!" yeah... sure.


But who wants to die un-lived? Who wants to be remembered by their kids as the big fat woman who hid in the car or under neutral or dark colored tents?

Worse, who wants to regret what they didn't do with their kids due to cowardice?

Why does being fat not only mean all the misery that comes with it physically, but such a social nightmare that we restrict our OWN lives?

Why the hell am I wearing tents? What, am I morally obligated to spare every other person the possible fright of seeing my fat jiggle?

Who needs some evil cultural conscience acting like the guard, telling you that jews negroes fat people aren't allowed in this store or pool or bowling alley, if YOUR OWN BRAIN is acting out that damning voice?

Clarissa Pinkola Estes is a psychologist who wrote the book "Women Who Run With the Wolves." She talked about the voices that we "internalize" until eventually we have the negative, punishing, demeaning judge and jury inside our own heads, even without our parents or schoolmates or social peers for that role. (I was surprised that I liked the book, but I did.)

People die every day all around us. Nobody knows how much life they've got left in this focus-reality. All we know is we are here, now. The people we love are here, now. We may not be later. They may not be later.

Maybe it's time I quit caring so much what other people think. Maybe it's time I did the fun things I want to do, those I can do.

It's one thing to not be physically capable. It's another to be a coward.

I wake up each day and say, "Thank you God, for my life."

Maybe I should start with that, and then actually GO LIVE IT.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

2010 Dietary Guidelines Committee

From Nutrition & Metabolism Society:

As you probably know, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shapes the contents of the food pyramid. They are currently in the process of developing plans for the 2010 Food Pyramid and selecting experts for the committee.

This panel should reasonably include scientists or nutritionists who have experience with diets low in carbohydrates and, understand their impact on health.

In the past, the USDA has not included such researchers on their panels.

We're reaching out to you to ask for your help in communicating to the USDA the importance of including viewpoints like Dr.'s Feinman, Volek, Westman and Lustig on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Your encouragement will help ensure that the Committee has a balanced view of diet and nutrition.

Following is a sample template letter to the USDA ( Please customize with your own personal story, (Be sure to cc: NMS and your Congressional Represenative and Senators). The dead line for nominations is May 23 so please take the time to do this now.

Personal stories about results of lowering carbohydrates in your diet will send a powerful message to the USDA. Let them know you have valuable input and a voice that will be heard.

For a list of qualified candidates, please consider NMS Scientific Board Members.

Thank you.


Sample Letter

Nutrition Promotion Staff Director
Co-Executive Secretary of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
US Department of Agriculture
3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1034
Alexandria, VA 22302

Dear Ms. Davis:

I am writing you about the recent announcement about the establishment of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for the 2010 Food Pyramid. I understand that the selection process is currently underway to determine what voices will be part of the discussion about the framework for the American diet. Some aspects of the current food pyramid are not a reflection of the needs that most Americans like myself have in order to maintain health. I encourage you to ensure that researchers who have performed extensive studies on the benefits of adjusting variables in the diet, like Dr. ___________ be included on the panel.

I have many reasons for wanting to make sure that the panel includes experts on the science behind different kinds of diets, such as diets low in carbohydrates. [insert your own personal story - 1 or 2 paragraphs - about the results you have achieved by lowering the carbohydrates in your diet. Write about how these results have made you feel. What health effects have you seen?]

Facts about the science of low-carb diets are important to the discussion about the new food pyramid. I urge you to make sure the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee includes scientists who are well-informed about these issues.

[Your name]

(your senator)
(your congress person)

Saturday, May 24, 2008


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Toot you own horn....

In catching up with my blog reading for the past couple of weeks, I ran across an awesome post by Rachel at The F-Word. Now Rachel has some pretty awesome posts most all the time on her blog...but this one just spoke to me. So thought I would share part of it here.

Our culture is one that largely discourages narcissism. The nation’s Protestant values frown upon vanity and materialism; excessive pride in oneself is seen as a character flaw, a moral and personal failing. Indeed pride is one of the seven deadly sins. I’m not saying that we should all become a nation of Dorian Grays, but rather having a high self-esteem and confidence in oneself isn’t tantamount to narcissism, either. In fact, I think we all need a healthy dose of constructive self-pride.

Andy Warhol once opined that everyone will have their own 15 minutes of fame. I am a firm believer that everyone should also have at least one positive piece on them in a newspaper. If a newspaper were to write on you, what would the article read? Are you a single mom who’s struggling to get a college degree? Do you go on mission trips or perform community service? Have you overcome depression or an eating disorder or a difficult childhood? Are you a positive role model for a child? Do you enjoy a healthy body image?

C’mon… this is the place to toot your own horn. What are some of the fabulous things you’re doing both on a micro and macro level?

So what do you say....use the comments to Toot your own horn. Share something about yourself.

Friday, May 16, 2008





Yesterday (April 14/08), I received information from a member of Kimkins about a 17-year-old girl who, in her first post, admitted she had an eating disorder.

In an effort to reach out to this young girl, I attempted to enlist the assistance of Kimkins members, Dee/DEEDLYNN/DEEDLYNN22, who has recently been posting on Low Carb Friends, and Patti, one of the current KK cover girls, to intervene.

Below is a copy of my e-mail to Patti:

"Medusa to patti
show details May 14 (1 day ago)

Patti, I have grave concerns regarding a member of KK and would like to pass on some info to you in the hopes that you may be willing to intervene.

Not having Dee/DEEDLYNN/DEEDLYNN22's e-mail address, I left a comment on her blog and asked her to contact me. Here is the screen shot of my comment to her:

Dee quickly replied to my post with this:

"DeAnna XXX to me
show details May 14 (1 day ago)

Here is my email address. I'd be happy to help you if I can.


I then forwarded the following e-mail to Dee:

"...There is a new member of Kimkins, XXX, who has a serious eating disorder. A
member of Kimkins copied XXX's post and sent it to me. Her KK username is XXX.
The text of her post is at the bottom of this e-mail.

I've been advised that no one at KK has responded to her posts, and I was wondering if you could perhaps contact her and suggest that she contact one of the following eating-disorder helplines:

Bulimia/Anorexia Self Help Hotline: 800-
Eating Disorders Hotline: 800- 448-4663
Anorexia Nervosa and
Associate Disorders 847-831-3438
Youth Crisis Line: 800- HIT-HOME
Thursday's Child National Call Center for at Risk Youth: 800-USA-KIDS
Boys and girls Town National Hotline: 800- 448-3000
Kids Help Phone
(Canada): 800-668-6868
The Eating Distress Helpline (Ireland):011-44-2600366
Referrals to Eating Disorder specialists (US and Canada) 800-736-3739
The National Mental Health Association Information Center: 800-969-NMHA

The phone numbers above are from the blog Weighing the Facts, which is a wonderful resource blog for those who are suffering from bulimia, anorexia, and other eating disorders.

My blog, as well, has information on eating disorders (

I'm hoping that, with encouragement, she will seek help.

Many thanks, Dee. I really appreciate any assistance you're able to give this girl. She is in serious trouble.

All the best,

XXX's post on Kimkins:

"Alrighty then, I'm a mess-up.

I suppose it depends on how you look at it. I'm 17 years old, I am a Jr. at
Pepperdine University and I go there on a scholarship, I'm pre-medicine, I
love to read and write... and I have this tricky little thing called an eating disorder.

It's bothered me for a long, long time. I have screamed at God, I have screamed at my parents, I have screamed at myself. I have cut myself. I have contemplated suicide.

One day, I asked myself why it is better to commit suicide than to change my life. Even if changing my life was the most difficult thing imaginable, I do believe that I would be happier once I'd done it - so clearly, taking a difficult step towards happiness is far wiser than taking a selfish step towards oblivion. And so, here I am. For the millionth time, in one way or another.

But I love to write, so I thought - maybe a blog ill help. Where yes, I talk about how much I weigh today and how the elliptical felt on my gracilis muscle, but also about Ayn Rand's purpose behind discussing selfishness in The Fountainhead, and where we can discuss the implications behind bio-engineering, and where we can consider the incredible theories behind Newtonian physics and Nietzschean philosophy.

So that's what I'm asking - because, for my entire life, I have been overwhelmed by the realization that very few people that I'm friends with are really interested in
all the things I listed above. I'll be honest - I don't care about Jamie Lynn Spears. I don't. I don't care about 24 or CSI, but I deeply care about the starving people of North Korea and the importance of love in marriage.

So that's my first topic: love. My last boyfriend was completely in love with me. I don't say this in a vain way, but I know it was true. I broke up with him because I was not in love with him - and it broke his heart. And so now I have come to the realization that I don't want to even consider dating someone until I feel the possibility that he could become someone I could never live without. For me, this seems so unlikely that I don't think I'll ever get married - and here is why. When you read a great piece of literature, you fall in love with a multi-faceted thing which is greater than you are. Words on a page, in my opinion, truly can overcome reality. And so it is that I love this - this depth, this power, this beauty which not even the author could fully grasp - so much that I don't believe it is possible to love something which is tangible quite as much. The tangible cannot be as beautiful. The thing I love about literature is it wields a power greater than any one human being.

The only way I can see of falling in love with someone is if he joined me in that same love. But I have not met anyone who is like that yet. That is partly why I'm here - to assure myself that such people do exist. But here is my question - I am young and people here have more life experience: have you honestly met someone that you love so much that you cannot imagine life without them? Because that is what I want. I love my dad so much that I cannot begin to consider life without him - but I was born loving him that much. Have you actually MET someone who took this place of importance in your life?

P.S. I weigh 184 pounds. I'm 5'8''. I work out every day. haha I forgot that's why I'm here.

Okay, so....
I've definitely got some issues. I'm 17 years old and I'm a Jr. at Pepperdine University. When I was 12 I had anorexia and since then I have developed a pretty clean case of Binge Eating Disorder. (it does exist... it's not just made up). So, I\'m here to change that and change myself. I'll be honest - there is a boy I like and I think he could like me too. But we're off school for the summer and I want to become a different person.

However, I want this blog to be about more than that - I love philosophy, literature, science - really anything that makes you think. My favorite books would be The Catcher in the Rye, Atlas Shrugged or The Plague. My favorite movies - Scanner Darkly or Shawshank Re "

I then received this response from Patti:

"Patti Larsen to me May 14 (1 day ago)

Screw off. I'm a healthy woman making the right choices for myself who happens to eat three times a day, thank you very much. You should be ashamed.Thoughts are things. Make every thought count."

I immediately followed with this response to Patti:

"Medusa to Patti
show details 10:01 AM (33 minutes ago)
Patti, I was contacted by a member of Kimkins who is asking for help in assisting a very young girl who has admitted in her posts on Kimkins to having a very serious eating disorder.
My only purpose in writing you was to ask if you might reply to this young girl's post on Kimkins and direct her to some eating disorder helplines."

Then 30 minutes later, this arrived from Patti:

Patti Larsen to me
show details 10:31 AM (4 minutes ago)

I am not interested in your games. Not sure how you got my personal email, nor do I care, except that you must have a fake profile on Kimkins, which makes you dispicable. Just so you know, I've reported you to the Kimkins organizers. People like you blame the world for your problems when the only one who can really make a change is you.
I hope this ficticious girl finds her own path.
DO NOT email me again or I will report you as a spammer.
Thoughts are things. Make every thought count."

How sad.

Late yesterday, the 17-year-old girl posted this on Kimkins:

"hey! I want to join this group.. I am kind of disappointed because so far, no one has responded to any of my posts on this site.
I currently weight 182.5 pounds... I want to be about 135-140.
I have had 3 cheat free days so far."

Having not heard back from Dee/DEEDLYNN/DEEDLYNN22, I sent her another e-mail this morning:

"Medusa to DeAnna show details 8:28 AM (7 hours ago)

Good morning, Dee :^) Were you able to get in touch with XXX ? "

As of 3:37 today, I have heard nothing back from Dee/DEEDLYNN/DEEDLYNN22. I guess she is too busy reading Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution, posting on LCF, and PMing Heidi.

Shame on you Heidi, Dee, and Patti. Your lack of concern for this young girl is despicable.

Head over to Medusa's blog to follow the coments from some more heartless people.

Saturday, May 10, 2008


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Statistics on Weight Discrimination:

Statistics on Weight Discrimination:
A Waste of Talent

Workers who are heavier than average are paid $1.25 less an hour. Over a 40-year career, they will earn up to $100,000 less before taxes than their thinner counterparts (Baum, 2004).

Slightly heavy women make about 6% less in wages than standard weight women. Very heavy women make 24% less. Men experience significant wage penalties only at the highest weight levels. (Roehling, 1999)

Heavier workers are not given raises as often as thinner workers. In a study of over 2000 women and men, wage growth rates were 6% lower in a three-year period for heavier workers. (Loh, 1993)

Young women (18 to 25) employees are especially penalized if they are larger than average, earning 12% less than their thinner counterparts (Register, 1990) and being more likely to be found in low-paying jobs (Pagan, 1997). Other factors were ruled out, and the reason for the difference was found to be social bias and discrimination. (Gortmaker, 1996; Stunkard, 1993).

Of people who were 50% or more above their “ideal” weight on the height-weight charts, 26% reported they were denied benefits such as health insurance because of their weight, and 17% reported being fired or being pressured to resign because of their weight (Rothblum, 1990).

Hiring prejudice against larger people has been demonstrated consistently in studies using written descriptions, photographs, videotape, and actors. Larger and smaller job applicants were matched for equal qualifications, equal references, and similar personalities. Hiring staff usually chose the thinner applicants with equal qualifications, and made unfounded assumptions about the larger applicants--such as that they were too aggressive, difficult to work with, lacking in self-discipline, less productive, or less determined--even if they had never met or spoken to the applicants. One study, using photographs, showed that prejudice against heavier applicants was found even when faces were obscured, ruling out the factor of facial attractiveness (Pingitore, 1994; Klassen, 1993; Klesges, 1990; Rothblum, 1988; Decker, 1987; Larkin, 1979).

Hire the best person for the job

Job applicants and workers who are larger than average face discrimination and prejudice in every aspect of employment. This discrimination is worse for women, who experience discrimination even if they are just slightly larger than average. Employers are passing over qualified applicants and choosing to hire, promote, and maintain workers who are less qualified simply because of their appearance, and specifically because of their weight. This is resulting in a tremendous waste of worker talent.

If hiring managers and corporate decision-makers could see past false stereotypes and overcome their own biases, they would hire, promote, and maintain the best people for the job, based on qualifications and job performance. Their businesses would benefit greatly from policies that reward job qualifications and performance rather than body size.

Council on Size and Weight Discrimination - Statistics on Weight Discrimination

Monday, May 5, 2008

New Eating Disorders Feed and Group

If your blog addresses eating disorders (it need not be dedicated to eating disorders) and you want to be added to the feed, submit your feed address below. If you’d like to embed the feed on your page, feed addresses are below.

Feedburner feed
(recommended, platform independent)

Google feed (prettier to read)

Rachel has also set up a yahoo group......called Eating Disorder Studies for activists at all levels to discuss the medical, social, and cultural studies on eating disorders, and to provide a place of support and recovery.

Head over to her site and leave your blogs URL in the comment section and she will add it to the feed.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The many faces of ED

When the media covers stories of eating disorders there is usually the stock photo of a severely emaciated young girl. Sympathy pours out from all corners of the globe for these young women. How do you think the majority of people would feel seeing me and learning I have suffered from an eating disorder for over 30 years? Most would not believe it.

Anorexia defined by the DSM definition must meet the 85% body weight loss criteria. I personally think that is flawed. I know many people who exhibit the same behaviors as those diagnosed with anorexia but they remain overweight or of "normal" size.

Those suffering from an ED come in all shapes and body sizes. Ranging from emaciated to morbidly obese. While the emaciated are offered sympathy those who are larger are shunned. They are blamed for not having any self control. Most are encouraged to go on a strict diet to lose weight. How's that for illogical thinking? Prescribing eating disordered behavior to someone already suffering from an ED. Here's a classic example from the Fathealth website: First Do No Harm: Binging? Purging? Vomiting blood? Try dieting…

This is about a young women who is overweight ending up in the ER for vomiting blood after a years of binging and purging. She was seeing her own doc the next day. Here is just a small portion of that doctors visit:

I explained that recently I had lost about a bunch of weight starving and puking nonstop and that now I was restricting much less but still bingeing and throwing up constantly; I told her that I’d had an active eating disorder for about four-five years and I filled in the details of the previous night’s ER episode. She asked about my highest and lowest weights—despite several times losing dramatic amounts of weight quickly and unhealthily, I’ve never been “thin,” and when I told her my highest weight, she said it was “great” that I’d lost the weight, even though I told her I’d only lost it restricting and purging.

This doc is applauding her weight loss efforts---when her "diet aide" is bulimia.

She goes on to tell me that what she wants to do is put me on a modified Weight Watchers plan and have me come back in a month and weigh me again. (I am 5’4” and 145 pounds—which is 30 pounds less than I weighed six months ago, though I lost the bulk of it in six weeks—and I am so sick with an eating disorder I am barfing up blood and she’s talking about a DIET?!)

I tell her that I’m really not interested as I’m already working with a nutritionist. She then asks me, in a hostile tone, what exactly I want from her; I’m at a loss for words since I figure it’s pretty self-evident that, um, she’s a doctor and I want her to…monitor my health?

There are no words...... you need to read the whole story. While you are at it read the whole blog. It's a serious wake up call.

To further prove that EDs strike anyone, read about the 69 year old man with bulimia, former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

My own ED has been active for damn near all my life. Yet my weight has fluctuated over the years. Just because someone doesn't show the "typical" face of an ED doesn't mean it's not there.

Common Misconceptions

Below are some of the most commonly held misconceptions about the behaviors attributed to Anorexia, Bulimia and Compulsive Overeating.

"I cannot be Anorexic because I do eat when I have to..."
Restriction of food and calories does not mean complete restriction for every sufferer. For some this means restricting certain types of foods (each individual sticking with what they perceive as "safe foods") and limiting calories to below normal on a daily basis. For others this means fasting for a certain number of days and then eating "normally" for the next number of days, and repeating the cycle continuously.

"I don't fit any category... I only eat when I absolutely have to (but I don't binge) and then purge whatever I do eat..."
Those suffering Anorexia do not always completely restrict. Often times when they cannot avoid a meal or food they will follow any consumption with self-induced vomiting or laxative abuse. This is considered "Anorexia, Purging Type." You should read the definitions of Anorexia, Bulimia, Compulsive Overeating, and Binge Eating Disorder, as well as "Eating Disorders not Otherwise Specified".

"I am above/on the high end of my healthy weight range... I cannot possibly have an Eating Disorder..."
People suffering with any Eating Disorder can be of any weight. For most sufferers weight will continuously be going up and down. The weight of a person's body does not indicate their overall health, nor does it change the danger each sufferer may be in! There are more dangers involved in the disordered eating patterns themselves, rather than in each person's actual weight.

"I eat a lot of candy, and can't possibly be Anorexic..."
Many Anorexics and Bulimics are junk-food addicts. There is little nutritional value to junk food but they serve as a false sense of energy. They also appease extreme cravings... for example, a sufferer's system may be depleted of Sodium so there may be a strong craving for something salty. A bag of chips would seem to satisfy this craving. It is not uncommon to find a person with Anorexia or Bulimia who lives solely on candy (or junk-food), and like any Eating Disorder sufferer, this puts them in great danger. Other common "replacements" are drugs, alcohol, coffee, tea and/or cigarettes.

"Only middle-class, white teenagers suffer..."
ANYONE can suffer from Anorexia or Bulimia. Regardless of previously held beliefs, it is not only young, middle-class white teenagers or college students who can suffer. African-American, Hispanic, Asian, or white, women or men, rich to poor, from their teen years well into their fifties, there are sufferers from every age-bracket, class and culture. Don't rely on the "written statistics" - they are based on reports made to government agencies and if a country, state, or province doesn't require that doctors report the cases, the statistics will not be accurate. Keep in mind as well, the more shame a person feels, the less likely that they will come forward and say they have an Eating Disorder... so if we keep perpetuating the idea that only "young white women" suffer, less and less people who suffer that don't fit this ideal will not come forward, be acknowledged, and get the help they deserve.

"I eat three meals a day (or I eat a lot during the course of a day) and never purge. How can I have an Eating Disorder?..."
Disordered eating doesn't always mean restricting, binging and/or purging. Sufferers sometimes eat 3 meals a day, or eat continuously throughout the day and through this can disillusion themselves into thinking that all is fine. If these eating patterns or meals consist of only lettuce, salad or yogurt (or other comparably low calorie, low fat food), and the calorie intake overall is far below normal (and is combined with emotional attributes), this would be considered Anorexia. A person suffering may not be "starving" themself of food per se, but of any real calories, substance and nutrition. (The same is illustrated above in the example of eating candy.)

"I don't make myself vomit or use laxatives, I cannot be Bulimic..."
There are other methods of "purging" following a binge. The person suffering with Bulimia will eat an unusually large quantity of food in a short period of time and follow it with purging; In addition to using laxatives or inducing vomiting, purging can also be compulsive exercise or complete fasting. This is one of the attributes that can be present in a person suffering both Anorexia (restriction and purging without binging) and Bulimia (binging and purging).

"My family member/friend eats normally around me. He/She can't possible have an Eating Disorder..."
It is not uncommon for those with Anorexia, Bulimia and Compulsive Eating to eat "normally" around others. This type of sufferer may look forward to their time alone, to be able to "make up for" the time they've spent eating "normally" around others. Anorexics will completely starve themselves, Bulimics will binge and purge, and Compulsive Overeaters will overeat or binge once they have gotten back into their solitary environment. Sufferers may even look forward to being alone so they can partake in disordered eating patterns.

"This is just a phase..."
Anorexia, Bulimia and Compulsive Overeating are not phases a child, teen or adult goes through. Some may go through dieting phases but this is far different from having an Eating Disorder. You should visit the other sections on the website to learn more about what having an Eating Disorder means.

"I take vitamin/mineral supplements so I know
I will stay healthy..."

Vitamin Supplements will not protect anyone from the harm an Eating Disorder will expose the body to. Vitamins and Minerals are absorbed into the body much more efficiently through their source food, and work in harmony with one another to ensure the highest level of effectiveness and absorption. While taking vitamins and minerals may help to provide a sense of security, or even prolong certain aspects of health (like warding off infection), they will not protect you from the dangers associated with having an Eating Disorder, such as: the bowel or kidneys shutting down, shrinkage of the brain, dehydration, diabetes, TMJ Syndrome and misalignment of the teeth, tears in the esophagus, ulcers, joint pain and arthritis, digestive and absorption problems, acid reflux disorders, cancer of the mouth and throat, low or high blood pressure, heart arrhythmia and cardiac arrest, loss of menstrual cycle, infertility, dilation of the intestines, or depression and suicide.

"Everyone who is overweight or fat has
Compulsive Overeating..."

What defines the illnesses of Compulsive Overeating or Binge Eating Disorder is more than just the weight range of the individual. Emotional eating, eating to fill a void, stuffing down feelings with binging, isolation and pushing others away are just some of the traits. There are also those who suffer from Compulsive Overeating or Binge Eating Disorder who are not extremely overweight, as well, there are other reasons an individual can be overweight (including medical reasons or genetic pre-dispositions to a larger body size). The overall symptoms that help determine if a person suffers from any disordered eating are how their eating relates to a lack of self-esteem and ability to cope with pain, anger and stress.

"I can't die from this..."
Anorexia, Bulimia and Compulsive Overeating can kill those who suffer from them. Eating Disorders have the highest rate of death out of any other psychological illness. Up to 30% of the sufferers of Eating Disorders (and maybe higher) will die as a result of a complication caused by the illness. Be sure to see the Physical Dangers sections to read about all the complications associated with Anorexia, Bulimia and Compulsive Overeating.

Info courtesy of
If you recognize yourself in any of the above---head over to Weighing the Facts. She has lots of helpful links and resources listed.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Join Bloggers Unite For Human Rights On May 15!

Join Bloggers Unite For Human Rights On May 15!

Thanks to you, May marks the first anniversary of Bloggers Unite and this time we're launching an awareness campaign chosen by BlogCatalog members. On May 15, let's unite for human rights and make a statement that all people are born with basic rights and freedoms - life, liberty, and justice!

On May 15th 2008, let's come together and all blog about Human Rights. There are dozens and dozens of human rights issues that you can write about. The one you choose is up to you.

Topics to Consider

  • The wrongful imprisonment of journalists covering assemblies.
  • Governments that ignore the plight of citizens left tot he mercy of gangs.
  • Harsh punishments that include torture, forced labor, and starvation.
  • Sexual assault against women by members of military or militia.

Learn More About Human Rights

There are many organizations that promote human rights and work to protect people. We've picked three to help you learn more and find breaking topics.

  • Amnesty International ( is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all. They work to improve human rights through campaigning and international solidarity.
  • Human Right Watch ( is dedicated to protecting human rights of people around the world. They stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, uphold political freedom, protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice.
  • Youth For Human Rights ( is an independent non-profit that educates people about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights so they become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace.

We have an entire group discussion dedicated to Bloggers Unite ( where you can add more organizations that you think are worth including.

How To Join Bloggers Unite!

To join, simply visit the Bloggers Unite page ( to get more information. Then, on Thursday, May 15th, write a blog post that shares awareness about human rights.

Your blog post could:

  • Have the title "Bloggers Unite For Human Rights" (or some variation).
  • include an example of human rights so people can learn about it.
  • Explain the importance of human rights and how it applies to everyone.
  • Link to one of the sites we've listed or the most suitable site for your country.
  • And add a link to our BlogCatalog Community Human Rights Awareness Campaign page so we can give you and your blog credit for being part of it.

If you have any questions, please e-mail And please, don't forget to tell your friends to blog about this too. Together, I know we can raise awareness and prove bloggers can do good!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Diet company 'misled' its clients

Oh!!! Shock of all shocks.....(insert eye roll smilie here)

With an annual turnover of £18m, diet company LighterLife claims to have enabled 60,000 people to lose three stones in three months.

The liquid-based programme, aimed at people who are three or more stones overweight, involves dieters consuming just 530 calories a day for 12 weeks.

But Inside Out in the East has heard from some dieters who have experienced disrupted periods, hair loss and water poisoning.

LighterLife say very low calorie diets help people to lose weight quickly and safely.

Concerns about her health led Lizzie Whitehead from Norfolk to tell her LighterLife counsellor that she was giving up the diet.

Ms Whitehead said: "I explained to her that it was due to how the diet had messed up my menstrual cycle and caused me to feel so ill.

"She basically said 'well that's just one of the side effects, feeling ill. You've just got to carry on, you'll get past it'.

"No-one warned me about any side effects at all. She just said to drink plenty of water. No health warnings were given to me at all."

The experience was shared by another dieter Sarah Morley.

She said: "When I came off LighterLife, within about two weeks my hair was falling out in clumps... Nobody had warned me.

"When I mentioned it to my counsellor she said 'isn't the fact that you've lost weight enough? Surely a bit of hair loss is ok?'"

When BBC undercover researchers asked two separate LighterLife counsellors, picked at random, what side effects might be experienced they were told the worst they could expect was a headache.

Hair loss

Inside Out asked Bar Hewlett, a founder and director of LighterLife, to explain why the counsellors did not warn about side effects such as hair loss and interrupted periods.

She said: "If a counsellor is asked about the side effects of weight loss there would be a different answer than if they were asked about the side effects of a very low calorie diet."

She added that these things are made clear in LighterLife literature.

Another former LighterLife dieter Paul Kendrick was admitted to hospital with water poisoning, having drunk too much in a bid to relieve constipation caused by the diet.

He asked LighterLife to warn people against drinking too much water but, counsellors told BBC researchers that it was "not possible" to drink too much water.

LighterLife said they give guidance on drinking water in their literature.

Gil Clasby from Cambridge lost weight successfully.

She said: "I weighed 19 stones in April 2007 and by January 2008 I had lost 9.5 stones - so I actually lost half my bodyweight.

"I liked the counsellor, the way she talked, the facts she gave out.

"I worried about cost but the weight loss was going to be a weight loss that came off quite quickly, quite dramatic compared to anything I'd done before and I had so much weight to lose to be a healthy BMI, that I thought this is probably the only thing that's going to work for me, getting the weight off quickly".

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines state that very low calorie diets should only be used for a maximum of 12 weeks.

Any diet of less than 600 calories should only be used under medical supervision. One counsellor was seen to be undertaking this herself with no reference to a medical professional.

Another client was seen by a "locum" with only two days training - again in breach of the company's own protocol.

Eating disorder

Ms Hewlett told Inside Out: "If we find that a counsellor is not abiding by our protocol we will take steps to make sure that that behaviour changes.

"All our counsellors end up with a nationally accredited qualification.

"At the end of about their first four months they start practising in the field and they're heavily supervised and at the end of that supervision time - about two years - they are awarded, by an external learning board, a diploma."

Inside Out filmed the diet being offered to someone with an eating disorder.

The company stands by its policy of allowing people with eating disorders, including compulsive eating, onto the programme.

Ms Hewlett told Inside Out: "The National Eating Disorders Association actually sends people to us who are obese.

"They believe that the programme we have and the services we offer are absolutely suitable for people with eating disorders."

The Eating Disorders Association (now called B-eat), told the BBC: "We don't make referrals to LighterLife or any other diet.

"Anyone with an eating disorder should talk to their GP and be referred for specialist medical help."

Sound like any diet you know.......

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Dihydrogen Monoxide - The "REAL" Truth

In the post below I linked to a site and told you of the dangers of the chemical Dihydrogen Monoxide. If you clicked on the links and read through the pages you will find some very scary stuff......

or do you???

Dihydrogen Monoxide



I posted that to make a point. On the Internet, we can find many things, even scientific things, that need to be looked at closely. A healthy dose of skepticism is a good thing.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Dihydrogen Monoxide - The Truth


Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is perhaps the single most prevalent of all chemicals that can be dangerous to human life. Despite this truth, most people are not unduly concerned about the dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide. Governments, civic leaders, corporations, military organizations, and citizens in every walk of life seem to either be ignorant of or shrug off the truth about Dihydrogen Monoxide as not being applicable to them. This concerns us.

Spreading the Truth about Dihydrogen Monoxide

In 1997, the Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division was formed and went online spreading the truth about DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE. As word has spread, so too has the public awareness of Dihydrogen Monoxide and its implications involving the Internet and accessibility of such information. To that end, the DMRD's web site at continues to provide the most comprehensive collection of Dihydrogen Monoxide information available anywhere.

Common Dihydrogen Monoxide Scare Tactics

Unfortunately, some have seen fit to fill many thousands of web pages with purposely slanted propaganda meant more to titillate and sensationalize than to inform. The following "information" about Dihydrogen Monoxide is what you'll commonly find on the Internet. The Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division does not endorse the use of such scare tactics, particularly when telling people about the invisible killer, Dihydrogen Monoxide.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

??Growth spurts may cause obesity??

Growth spurts in early childhood could cause obesity, according to researchers at the University of Glasgow.

They reveal that added growth in early life can cause a metabolic rate in adults 20% faster than if the individual had grown more steadily.

It is the first time a study has shown that early growth patterns could cause long-term differences in metabolic rate.

The findings are published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

OMGoddess this is horrible!!! We must do something. We have to control childhood obesity or we will have a bunch of fat adults...OMG!!

I know you can't tell from my writing style, but that was an attempt at sarcasm.

The above story is true and has been picked up by several news organizations. Adding more fuel to the fire of the obesity pani-demic. All people will do is read the headlines. The study in question did show obesity in the subjects after growth spurts. The kicker here.....the subjects of the study.


Yup, that's right. The media is rapidly spreading this garbage because of a study carried out on Zebra Finches.

The study was never meant to be used in relation to humans. Yet that is what the media is spouting off about.

Where's my head desk icon.......

Our society has so vilified being fat that they will use anything to shove the message down our throats. Like we don't have enough guilt about weight as it is.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

"HEAD-DESK" once again....

Yet another one of THOSE moments...... (foul language ahead)

The ‘Flob’: It’s a Not-So-Small World After All
by Kevin Pease

America’s collective wide ass has increased food portions and pushed the structural limits of pants. Now these wide posteriors are reshaping a classic ride from my childhood. Disneyland will soon revamp “It’s a Small World” so that its boats can accommodate more plump passengers. This mob of fat people, or “flob,” as I like to call it, has forced the world to change in a way that crosses the line.

It is a well-known fact that America has been getting fatter for some time now; over half the nation is overweight, while almost a third is obese. The average person’s consumption of high-fat foods, such as meats and cheeses, is incredible. The average American drinks more soda than water and typically consumes more than 30 pounds of cheese a year.

A social scientist is not needed to see the changes that our growing guts have spawned on society. Go to Carl’s Jr. and order a small soda. It is a trick. Most fast-food restaurants no longer offer a small size. Next, I dare you to order the large. They will practically hand you a keg. Serving portions have spun out of control in America.

The “flob” has also demanded social changes in the way it is treated. Every time a celebrity dresses in a fat suit as part of a joke for a movie or TV show, there are activists who compare it to a white actor putting on black face. It takes stones to compare the treatment of those who eat too much with those who were forced into the most brutal form of slavery the world has ever known for over 300 years.

Obese Americans are not treated like their skinny counterparts. They are stereotyped as lazy people with poor self-control. Obese people tend to have lower self-esteem and are at a higher risk for suicide, especially in the teen years. However, obesity is not comparable to racial identity. It is a health problem, one that is fixable with lots of hard work. People who protest every time celebrities put on a fat suit or when an obese person is forced to buy two tickets on a plane make you think that fatness shapes identity.

Using this assumption, the obese community wants us all to believe that if someone is obese, we should treat it as a disability. Take blind people. They are given special accommodations whenever possible in order to make their lives easier. Obese men and women want to be treated the same way. This claim is ludicrous, especially when you consider that obesity is a fixable condition. It may not be easy, but if a blind man were told he would no longer be blind if he ate his fruits and vegetables while exercising four times a week, he would do it.

Adding girth to the boats of the classic children’s ride only serves to perpetuate these ideas. By keeping the ride boats slim, they could serve as a harsh reminder that obesity is a problem. Every accommodation made for the comfort of the obese reinforces their claim that they are a separate minority and that not adhering to their demands is a form of discrimination.

The famous “It’s a Small World” ride is practically an American institution that has remained unchanged for over 40 years. Changes in Hollywood or the always-chaotic food industry are expected, but changes to such a constant in American pop culture are indicators of the change in American health standards. Millions of rear ends have placed themselves in those seats. They were built with the average tourist in mind. Widening those seats indicates that it is acceptable for the average tourist to be fatter than the same tourist 40 years ago. It is a benchmark of how far society has come in terms of circumference.

Events will not cease with this change of seats. America shows no signs of slowing down as the fat train barrels through chubby town. Soon, airplane and theater seats will be drastically widened. Eventually, other American institutions will fall victim to lowered standards. Imagine a world where the Lincoln memorial is given a gut and a box of nachos in order to better reflect the America he helped keep together and avoid hurting people’s feelings. The truth is that if you are fat, you must be told that you are fat so that you will do something to change it. If you are too obese to fit on a ride at Disneyland, make a note that you are overweight and do not ask them to change the ride for you.

Kevin Pease is a third-year psychology and social behavior major. He can be reached at

This is yet another college newspaper. MayberryFan gave a great comment on yesterdays post why a college newspaper would print this garbage.

My chief concern is this idiot will be a psychologist in a few years. Can you really image going to a doc like this??? Someone who is suppose to be concerned with your mental health.

Meowser at FatFu showed what a session with this jerk as your doc might sound like:

I can just picture Dr. Kevin’s future sessions with his oh-so-lucky patients.

“But I DO exercise 4 or more times a week and eat plenty of fruits and veggies.”

“No, you don’t, fatass, you’re lying.”

“It’s true that I eat other things besides fruits and veggies, but you know, I kind of HAVE to to stay alive.”

“No, you don’t. All the nutrition you ever will need in your life is stored in your fat ass. You don’t need anything but veggies until you’re thin, and that’s just to fill your greedy stomach.”

“Besides, if a blind person had to go on a radical diet for the rest of his/her life trying not to be blind, the way I’d have to in order to stop being fat at you — i.e. go WAY beyond moderate healthy changes in diet and exercise habits into being CONSTANTLY hungry and exhausted, working out 4 hours a day on 800 calories or less, every single day — you wouldn’t tell them they were obligated to do that in order to be accepted, would you?”

“Yes, I would, if blind people were over half the population.”

“Oh, I get it. People who are ‘different’ are cute little accessories as long as there aren’t too many of them. But if they outnumber the likes of you, then they suck. Right?”

“You’re just pissed because nobody wants to fuck you, you ugly fat bitch.”

That one comment about being able to live off your fat ass just cracked me up---the doc sounds kinda like Heidi in a way.......