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Boy Scouts Of America's National Jamboree Won't Allow Obese Scouts To Participate

Boy Scouts Of America's National Jamboree Won't Allow Obese Scouts To Participate

Commented Jul 22, 2013 at 12:01:30 in Parents

“Embracing health and physical fitness is the point. BMI tells you neither. Have each scout do a simple mile test. I bet there are plenty of "skinny" scouts that fail. There are plenty of women out there that have better BMI than I do. I doubt they could 5 miles, let alone 100. My size or BMI doesn't give the info.   ”
Boy Scouts Of America's National Jamboree Won't Allow Obese Scouts To Participate

Boy Scouts Of America's National Jamboree Won't Allow Obese Scouts To Participate

Commented Jul 17, 2013 at 12:07:01 in Parents

“The exclusion should be based on fitness ability. My friend's BMI is probably around 40 and she ran 34 miles a week ago. My point about BMI is that it is a very poor measuring tool. Denial of participation should be based on an objective standard of actual fitness/ability. There are plenty of folks whose BMI is in the "healthy" range, but would fail at running a mile. Safety is rightly the BSA's primary concern, they just need to use the right tool(s) to determine who can and cannot participate. Too many kids today are what I call "skinny fat." They may be of average size, but have a high proportion of fat to lean muscle. They are just as likely to fail the climbing three miles as any overweight kid. ”

Greg Sheldon on Jul 18, 2013 at 10:25:16

“It doesn't matter what "standard" you hold people to, somebody will always yell discrimination. ”
Boy Scouts Of America's National Jamboree Won't Allow Obese Scouts To Participate

Boy Scouts Of America's National Jamboree Won't Allow Obese Scouts To Participate

Commented Jul 16, 2013 at 15:59:45 in Parents

“Yes, it is easy to measure. We have excellent tools for this, but BMI isn't one of them. And fat and fit exist in the same body. If it's about fitness required to complete the activities, use an objective measure of that. I just ran 34 miles at an ultra marathon with a woman who would be classified as obese. (You can see the photos on my facebook page, Slenderella Newman) She will be one of my pacers at the Cool Moon 100 miler this year. She started running when she was 60 lbs heavier than she is now. She's fitter than most size 4/6 women will ever be. Fat and Fit are not the same thing ....”
Boy Scouts Of America's National Jamboree Won't Allow Obese Scouts To Participate

Boy Scouts Of America's National Jamboree Won't Allow Obese Scouts To Participate

Commented Jul 16, 2013 at 15:50:05 in Parents

“BMI and the ability to run uphill in the forest are NOT the same thing. You are mistaken. I implore you to check out my facebook page (Slenderella Newman) and see the photos of my obese friend who just ran 34 miles up and down hills in the forest. Fat and Fit can and do exist in the same body. Being allowed to participate should be based on objectively measured fitness and ability, NOT something as unreliable as BMI (which in NO way measures fitness of any kind -- just ask the Gold Medal winners with BMI over 30, and especially those with a BMI over 40!).”
Boy Scouts Of America's National Jamboree Won't Allow Obese Scouts To Participate

Boy Scouts Of America's National Jamboree Won't Allow Obese Scouts To Participate

Commented Jul 16, 2013 at 15:42:35 in Parents

“I just ran an ultra marathon (34 miles) with a woman who would be classified as obese, if not morbidly obese. (Feel free to view my facebook photos, etc. to verify my claims. It's a public page, Slenderella Newman). Fat and Fit can exist in the same body. She is one of my pacers for the upcoming Cool Moon 100 miler I'm running. The BMI is an extremely poor measuring tool for body fat and has no real value when measuring fitness. (Muscle is 6 times more dense that fat, hence the high error rate using BMI -- large numbers of Gold Medal Olympic athletes are classified as obese. Several are classified as Morbidly Obese.) It's not about being entitled or all-inclusive -- it's about honesty, objectivity, and fairness. The BSA should use objective tests to measure the required fitness to complete the jamboree activities safely, not BMI or the mistaken notion that size determines ability and fitness.”

undiscoveredcountry on Jul 19, 2013 at 11:57:34

“Pointing one adult exception does that validate argument for thousands of youth. You are missing the point of what this rule is trying to do, which is encourage scouts to embrace health and physical fitness. It is in their Scout Oath that they are required to recite after all.”
Boy Scouts Of America's National Jamboree Won't Allow Obese Scouts To Participate

Boy Scouts Of America's National Jamboree Won't Allow Obese Scouts To Participate

Commented Jul 15, 2013 at 20:48:13 in Parents

“Glad to hear it! The decision should be made on physical ability to perform the activities at the Jamboree. I just ran an ultra marathon (34 miles) with a woman that BMI classifies as obese. Fat and Fit can exist in the same body at the same time. Too many of us with imperfect bodies are constantly being given the message that we "can't" do X, Y or Z. I know on my own journey from fat to fit, that it was too easy to buy into the notion of "When I lose the weight, then I'll be able to ....."”
Boy Scouts Of America's National Jamboree Won't Allow Obese Scouts To Participate

Boy Scouts Of America's National Jamboree Won't Allow Obese Scouts To Participate

Commented Jul 15, 2013 at 18:21:55 in Parents

“What do the following all have in common?
Behdad Salimi (super heavyweight weightlifting) BMI 41.6
Tomasz Majewski (shot put) BMI 34.1
Krisztián Pars (hammer throw) BMI 33.4
Artur Taymazov (super heavyweight wrestling) BMI 32.5
Robert Harting (discus) BMI 31.5
They are all Olympic Gold Medalists AND obese according to their BMI. Behdad Salimi wouldn't even be considered by the Scouts. The other four would need to provide additional medical documentation to be considered for participation. Their gold medals wound't qualify them.

The BMI is not an objective measure of the fitness required to participate in the activities,”

Hannah Knise on Jul 16, 2013 at 11:33:38

“The kids not allowed to do this are hardly body builders. It's easy to measure the percent of body fat.”

mossrain on Jul 15, 2013 at 19:40:41

“The BMI is not the only data they look at. BSA requires a four part annual medical evaluation performed by a certified physician, NP or PA when the nature of the activity is strenuous and demanding. The fitness of the athletes you mentioned is obviously more important than their BMI. Behdad Salimi is undoubtedly physically fit enough to attend a BSA Jamboree.”
Boy Scouts Of America's National Jamboree Won't Allow Obese Scouts To Participate

Boy Scouts Of America's National Jamboree Won't Allow Obese Scouts To Participate

Commented Jul 15, 2013 at 18:10:51 in Parents

“Fat and Fit are NOT the same thing. Usain Bolt (the fastest man alive) has a BMI of 24.9 (at 25 you are classified as overweight). LeBron James has a BMI of 27.5 (at 30 you are classified as obese) How's about an objective measure of the fitness required to successfully participate in the activities? I just ran 34 miles at an ultra running event with a woman who is classified as clinically obese. You can have fat and be fit. It's should be about the ability to participate. If you ran into my friend on the street, you would never guess what she can run. I've run 100K (over 62 miles) through the Sierra Nevadas and will run my first 100 miles August 4th. If you saw me bopping around town in a pair of shorts and a tank, the last thought you would have is "I bet that woman runs ultra marathons." The scale, the BMI, your pant size are only pieces of a puzzle that may or may not be a part of the picture that is you. Do you think that Usain Bolt or LeBron James care in the slightest what the BMI says they are? NO, they have other objective measures to inform them. What happens to the 12 year old boy who is defined by a number on the BMI? Use an objective measure of the required fitness for the activity.”

Greg Sheldon on Jul 16, 2013 at 23:16:12

“We're not talking about a BMI of 27.5 though, the exclusion is over 40!”
Best Fitness Apps Of 2012

Best Fitness Apps Of 2012

Commented Dec 31, 2012 at 15:43:01 in Healthy Living

“I'm a big fan of Endomondo. It's a great smartphone app, but my Garmin Forerunner can load to it too. My Fitbit auto posts my daily steps. And my Endomondo posts to my facebook page. Using Endomondo I was able to go from the couch to running a 50K in a year. They are their own fitness version of social media. My friends were able to cheer me on as I was running. I loved hearing the uplifting messages when I was running. It's versatile and records all kinds of workouts. It showed me I was making progress, even when it didn't feel like it. Using Endomondo and following Weight Watchers I was able to lose 100 lbs while becoming a runner. Feel free to check it out. I'm Slenderella Newman on Endomondo.com and on facebook both my profiles are public.”

Peek-a-chu on Jan 3, 2013 at 06:23:17

“I'm also a fan of Endomondo - most of my workouts are private, but I love the motivation it gives me and how I can track my progress.
I just had a look at your Endomondo profile - wow, great work! My furthest distance I've managed to run is 13kms - never really had the motivation to do much more, but maybe one day...”
Marathons And Heart Health: Running Farther, Faster Could Shorten Your Life

Marathons And Heart Health: Running Farther, Faster Could Shorten Your Life

Commented Dec 26, 2012 at 13:53:49 in Healthy Living

“No.
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/exercise-and-the-ever-smarter-human-brain/?src=me&ref=general

Endurance running and the evolution of Homo
Nature 432, 345-352 (18 November 2004) | doi:10.1038/nature03052; Received 25 July 2004; Accepted 23 September 2004
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v432/n7015/full/nature03052.html
Marathons And Heart Health: Running Farther, Faster Could Shorten Your Life

Marathons And Heart Health: Running Farther, Faster Could Shorten Your Life

Commented Dec 6, 2012 at 14:11:13 in Healthy Living

“The study that refers to "same mortality risk as the sedentary people" specifically lists mortality from ALL causes. The more miles you put in on any given week, the more chances you fall, get hit by a car, crime victim, etc. A possible confounding variable that could mask the health/fitness benefits of running overall.”

HerrMonk on Dec 8, 2012 at 10:51:12

“No.”
Marathons And Heart Health: Running Farther, Faster Could Shorten Your Life

Marathons And Heart Health: Running Farther, Faster Could Shorten Your Life

Commented Dec 6, 2012 at 14:03:49 in Healthy Living

“Correlation versus Cause: The number of fire trucks at a scene is strongly correlated to the amount of fire damage. And yet, fire trucks do not cause fire damage. The limited data given does not support the claims. Secondly, the term mortality rate is used in such a way to mean longevity (not dead when we stopped the study). Moreover, the idea of longevity is not clearly defined: As compared to what? Living longer then if the subject didn't engage in endurance and/or speed? How much longer is significant? 10 days? 10 months? 10 years? If it's spent in a nursing home versus running on the trails right up to the end, is it still significant? It comes down to a cost benefit analysis. I suspect the problems are a combo of % of Max HR + time, with some genetics thrown in. HOWEVER, as we age, muscle is slower and less efficient in recovery. The heart's a muscle. To lessen the claimed risks, adapt accordingly. The commentary in the WSJ article (same story) about Atrial-Fibrillation is silly. ANYONE with electrolytes out of balance has a higher risk of an arrhythmia. BUT, this happens daily to young men on a hot day that drank too much the night before. The key word in the articles are "editorial" -- as in opinion, not a published, peer reviewed journal article with methodology and results to scrutinize. Squishy science, squishy writing make this a great conversation starter, but not much else of value.”
Alleged Rape Victim Jailed: Calif. Teen Held In Custody To Ensure Testimony In Frank Rackley Trial

Alleged Rape Victim Jailed: Calif. Teen Held In Custody To Ensure Testimony In Frank Rackley Trial

Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 16:17:05 in Crime

“I live in a Sacramento suburb. Our Juvenile detention center is a jail. It's not some secured dorm like facility. She is being housed with several sexual predators too. She was brought to court shackled and belly chained and placed in a cage. Every time she is brought into or back into the facility, she is strip searched per the facility's policy. If she has a visit where any contact is possible, she is strip searched again, including from her lawyer (policy). Apparently, we the people, are willing to re-victimize this young woman repeatedly in order to put our needs above hers -- the public safety aspect of her detention. You know, the same thing her rapist did -- put his needs above her basic humanity, dignity, self-determination, etc. He's a bad and scary dude. We don't want him to walk so he can hurt one of us. So, we get our needs met at her expense. Nice .....”

giftsthatpurr on Feb 25, 2014 at 15:57:24

“Witness protection should not mean detention. There are more humane ways.”

katgal1232 on Apr 8, 2012 at 10:00:13

“I'm fricken sick, f and f, great post”

nofear48 on Apr 7, 2012 at 17:20:22

“Thank you Slenderella for shining a blazing light on our fair ?state's practices...Makes my stomach churn just knowing what she (the victim) has had to endure from the moment she was abducted, held hostage, raped, threatened, & terrorized BY the CALIFORNIA COURT SYSTEM this week....!! grrrr....”
Arizona Birth Control Bill: Democrat Responds To Republican Sponsor's 'Extremist Tactic'

Arizona Birth Control Bill: Democrat Responds To Republican Sponsor's 'Extremist Tactic'

Commented Mar 23, 2012 at 19:31:02 in Politics

“Freedom of religion must apply to all, equally. Therefore, Christian Scientists and Jehovah Witnesses are allowed to deny cover age for blood products. No blood, nor surgery. Is that acceptable?”
Arizona Birth Control Bill: Democrat Responds To Republican Sponsor's 'Extremist Tactic'

Arizona Birth Control Bill: Democrat Responds To Republican Sponsor's 'Extremist Tactic'

Commented Mar 23, 2012 at 18:06:38 in Politics

“Religious freedom must apply to all, equally. Not just one medical issue that is a concern to one denomination. Therefore -- Religious Freedom Exceptions: Scientology believes all psychiatry is inherently evil. Therefore, no antidepressants, anti-anxiety, sleeping medications, etc. will be covered if you are employed by a believer. Christian Scientists and Jehovah Witnesses believe that the Bible prohibits blood products and transfusions. Therefore, no blood products (packed red cells, whole blood, plasma, etc.) would be covered. Therefore almost every surgical procedure would NOT be covered (most surgeries require at least some form of blood product on standby for unexpected bleeding). The State/Law cannot distinguish between the various denominations, i.e. pick and choose which religions get to claim exception and which don't. Not forcing a church to cover what is fundamentally against its doctrines is one thing, allowing individuals of the faith to force their doctrines onto lives (and deaths) of our families is another. While contraception may seem to be the issue, it's not.”

Dosadi on Mar 23, 2012 at 18:15:06

“Our Constitution gives us freedom from religion if that is our desire.”

BadHaBritt on Mar 23, 2012 at 18:10:01

“This is a pluralistic country. NO religion is more important than any other & the people are free.”
Trayvon Martin Case: State Attorney Quits Investigation As State Studies 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Trayvon Martin Case: State Attorney Quits Investigation As State Studies 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Commented Mar 23, 2012 at 17:17:41 in Black Voices

“But if the child was being followed by an adult male stranger (a reasonable fear for one's safety), does the law allow the child to stand his ground and use any and all force? The descriptions of the child's behavior the adult reported are things we teach our kids to do when being followed by a stranger -- the very behaviors that seem to have made the child the target of suspicion. I can't figure out why a kid would attack an adult stranger who was much taller and almost 100 lbs bigger unless the kid was afraid and thought that was the only way to defend himself. The drug and alcohol tests performed on the body were all negative, so it can't be chalked up to anything like that. I'm not sure I find the notion that the neighborhood watch captain of a small gated community had to leave his vehicle to see a street sign very credible. I'm our block captain and know every street I patrol. I hope that the tapes are being enhanced and analyzed to use some sort of voice identification. The thing that seems important here, is to have a jury of his peers. in open court. decide the facts of the case and guilt or innocence. And if the law does not allow for a criminal case to proceed, then a judge, in open court, should make that ruling and dismiss the case. Sunshine and fresh air are the best disinfectants.”
Trayvon Martin Case: State Attorney Quits Investigation As State Studies 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Trayvon Martin Case: State Attorney Quits Investigation As State Studies 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Commented Mar 23, 2012 at 10:46:37 in Black Voices

“I'm still confused. Why doesn't the stand your ground/ self defense argument belong to the child and not the shooter? I'm a mom of two kids. I taught them what we parents were taught from safety experts (Clint Van Zandt, THe Walsh Family, etc.) Never look like a victim: stand up straight, look around, own your space. Back away from and then run from strangers. If confronted, back away and calmly demand answers. If touched --- NEVER go to crime scene number two: do whatever you have to -- scream, yell, bite, kick, claw and never stop fighting until a grown up comes to help you. Isn't this what we've heard from Oprah to Dateline? Isn't this what this child did? A strange adult male was stalking him. The child followed "stranger danger" rules. Tried to ditch the stranger, tried to run, tried to demand answers while backing away, and finally fought while screaming for help. So why is the adult male stranger (the shooter) able to claim self defense when this child did what we teach our children to do in this kind of situation? So I am still confused .....”

Alan Kent Shoemaker Sr on Mar 23, 2012 at 11:47:39

“You're confused because you don't have all of the facts. You only have the story that the media is telling you. Wait to form your opinion when it is proven that the shooter is the one screaming for help because "the child" has jumped on his back as he was retreating back to his vehicle as instructed by the 911 dispatcher after approaching the shooter first with his hand in his waistband. There are reports and information available that for some reason, the media is neglecting to share with the public!”

Jack28701 on Mar 23, 2012 at 11:19:12

“I agree with you a hundred percent. And why is a neighborhood watch guy armed to begin with? Doesn't that indicate that HE is looking for trouble and intends to use the gun he is carrying? He has all the premeditation and was looking for motive and a victim.”
Fitness, Weight Loss And Nutrition Apps For Your Phone

Fitness, Weight Loss And Nutrition Apps For Your Phone

Commented Mar 22, 2012 at 11:11:07 in Healthy Living

“Not a "weight loss" app but I love Endomodo.com. When I first started walking, I used it on a droid phone. It mapped my route, pace, time, cals, etc based on my gps, age, gender, weight height, etc. Later, when I became a distance runner, I bought a Garmin Forerunner, which I can load right into to my Endomondo profile stats. I also use a Fitbit Ultra for tracking daily steps, etc. It's now auto loaded into my Endo. Best part is the social media aspect of it. There are fun challenges and friends can send pep talks right to your device while you are working out. It kept me going when I wanted to quit.”

geogirl on Mar 23, 2012 at 02:32:38

“I love my Garmin Forerunner. I like Endomondo, but I can't figure out how to copy workouts. IE, I should be able to duplicate a workout and add a new date instead of adding in all the information again. But aside from that, it's a great service.”
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Trayvon Martin Final Moments Captured During Phone Call With Teenage Girl

Commented Mar 20, 2012 at 15:03:01 in Black Voices

“Do have this right? The police agree that the shooter disregarded what 911 instructed, that the kid realized he was being followed by an adult male stranger, and that a physical confrontation takes place (presumably because he's being followed by a larger than him, adult male stranger) and that because the shooter says he was afraid during the physical confrontation, that the stand your ground law applies? So I can go to Sanford Florida, start following someone, and as long as I've called 911 and the person engages in a physical confrontation with me I get to shoot them dead? I must be missing something. Do the Sanford Police suggest or suspect that this kid wasn't just walking home from a candy run? Why doesn't the law mean that if I'm being followed by a strange man that I believe is intent on harming me (cuz he's acting like a weird stalker by following me), that I can "stand my ground" by physical confrontation or is just if I use a gun? So confused.......”

Benjacomin Bozart on Mar 20, 2012 at 15:28:46

“You don't have to call 911. Just shoot. Open season in Florida.”

mavelous on Mar 20, 2012 at 15:22:15

“Let me help you.....
Thanks to Stand Your Ground, you can murder anyone in Florida if you can ensure no witnesses.........
Cops? They arrested my mentally ill brother while he was in hospital after tazing him and using off-duty cops to file assault charges. They easily could have killed him if there hadn't been witnesses.
3 years later and after 2 years in mental health court, my brother was 'exonerated'.
Thanks Florida.....”

OneLiberalLady on Mar 20, 2012 at 15:18:17

“That is a conundrum: to " stand your ground," you have to be armed. Makes no sense.....”

IronicTwist on Mar 20, 2012 at 15:17:17

“bad law makes for terrible cases...”

Littlewords on Mar 20, 2012 at 15:16:54

“Right. As a bare minimum the kid was 'stalked' and tried to get away from an adult who was pursuing him for less than valid reasons....basically to harass and intimidate at the barest of minimums. All this while the perp disregarded police instructions.”

biznesschic on Mar 20, 2012 at 15:16:51

“According the the police chief, Zimmerman had a right to stalk the boy and ask if he lived it. It was all the kids fault for not playing nice with an armed maniac who stalked him.”

WheatonMA on Mar 20, 2012 at 15:16:34

“No, the law allows you to start the confrontation clearly. By all indications Zimmerman started this..”

HowietheScreamer on Mar 20, 2012 at 15:11:49

“It's not that confusing... see in the south if your brown... you have no right to "stand your ground". Forty years ago, they'd have just strung the kid up.”

farmerlady on Mar 20, 2012 at 15:10:00

“the law is only supposed to apply if there is no way of escape for you.

It doesn't mean, "hunt somebody down and pump lead into them".

This was mur/der.”

nevertofarleft on Mar 20, 2012 at 15:09:59

“Shhh....its because the kid was black........(may he rest in peace)”
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Arizona Birth Control Bill Penalizes Women For Using Contraception For Non-Medical Reasons

Commented Mar 16, 2012 at 11:58:40 in Politics

“Religious Freedom Exceptions: Scientology believes all psychiatry is inherently evil. Therefore, no antidepressants, anti-anxiety, sleeping medications, etc. will be covered if you are employed by a believer. Christian Scientists and Jehovah Witnesses believe that the Bible prohibits blood products and transfusions. Therefore, no blood products (packed red cells, whole blood, plasma, etc.) would be covered. Therefore almost every surgical procedure would NOT be covered (most surgeries require at least some form of blood product on standby for unexpected bleeding). The State/Law cannot distinguish between the various denominations, i.e. pick and choose which religions get to claim exception and which don't. Not forcing a religious institution to cover what is fundamentally against its doctrines is one thing, allowing individuals of the faith to force their doctrines onto lives (and deaths) of our families is another. While contraception may seem to be the issue, it's not.”

upset99 on Mar 16, 2012 at 12:16:10

“This is the Straw Man in the argument. Are Churches really paying for BC? Aren't their Employees working for them making them money? Even Non-Profits 501(c)3 have profits but they do not pay taxes on them.

Indeed, I argue that without the Employees, there would few businesses. Churches are not spending their Donations on these policies but from Revenue from the business.

Catholic Hospitals are paid just like any other Hospital. I wonder how many Catholic Hospitals are subsidized by the Church except by chance of having a FEW Nuns and Priests involved in the Hospital?”

Mary Saville on Mar 16, 2012 at 12:09:22

“Well said! Thanks”
K-Cup Coffee Costs Far More Than Pricey Artisanal Beans, 'Times' Finds

K-Cup Coffee Costs Far More Than Pricey Artisanal Beans, 'Times' Finds

Commented Feb 13, 2012 at 11:22:25 in Home

“These articles don't take into account actual cost: amount of the pot tossed out everyday in favor of "fresh", filters, water (tossed out and used to wash/clean), etc. The ability to switch to decaf or flavored or strength of the brew decreases waste,etc. It's not just households, but offices, dorms, barracks, etc. that use these machines. In a multi-person environment, there's also minimal clean up of the area where the coffee is made, so less paper and cleaning product are used. Not to mention, in a place of business there's the labor/productivity costs involved in the making of and cleaning up of more traditional brewing. The cost of the coffee per pound, while a simple comparison, is not really a very good one.”
New Weight Watchers Plan Leaves Some Grumbling

New Weight Watchers Plan Leaves Some Grumbling

Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 16:08:42 in Healthy Living

“I lost 90 lbs with the New Program, from size 18 to size 4. My leader also focused on becoming more active. I've gone from couch potato to running marathons. Tracking points plus, activity, inches and results provides feedback to each individual as to what works best for them. I quickly discovered that 0 point fruit is not meant to be a main course. I also discovered that inches lost and pounds lost usually weren't the same. My inches fell faster on weeks when the scale stayed the same or barely moved. I learned that fat loss and increased muscle mass were the most likely explanation. Need a reason to believe? Check out my before and afters on my Facebook wall and pinterest -- Slenderella Newman.”

Pedro Gomez Jr on Feb 8, 2012 at 15:07:53

“Hi Everyone! I had lost 231 pounds with Weight Watchers since attending my first WW meeting on January 21, 2006 one day after my 34th birthday! Tracking, being more active and making healthier choices by taking it one day at a time, one pound at a time, one small goal at a time helped me changed my life forever! I lost an incredible 26 pants sizes and I went from a 5X shirt size to a Medium shirt size. If you don't believe that Weight Watchers works, you can friend me on Facebook to check out my Before and After pics! I had lost all of the weight with the previous version of the program and Yes, I struggled with Points Plus. But I never gave up because Weight Watchers is a lifestyle change and not a diet! I had been through it all with the scale. But now, I am in the middle of losing what I gained back. Just 9.2 more to go! Thank you so much Weight Watchers for helping me change my life forever!”
ADHD: Your Brain On Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (VIDEO)

ADHD: Your Brain On Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 16:03:13 in Education

“As for college kids abusing the meds, that doesn't negate ADD. We all need food. Many of us abused food in college (freshman 10 anyone?). Does that mean we should be questioning the high use of takeout pizza or hunger? It probably means there needs to be better medication monitoring. And, ADD is an impulse disorder -- so it stands to reason that those that suffer would be more likely to abuse medications of all kinds. It's all too easy to over medicate those who suffer. It's all too easy for drug companies to take advantage. It's all too easy to write a prescription and do nothing else. It's all too easy to give the medication and teach nothing else. The one thing that's NOT easy is living with ADD. And medication does NOT fix it. It only levels the playing field -- life is still a struggle, just one with a chance of succeeding more often. The final insult to injury is that once you figure out it's ADD and your childhood now makes some sense to you, as an adult you get to deal with the stigma that your taking the easy way out, or it's a made up problem, or you just want the "speed," or if you just tried harder ....”
ADHD: Your Brain On Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (VIDEO)

ADHD: Your Brain On Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 16:03:03 in Education

“It isn't just about "disruptive" behavior -- that's the outside of ADHD/ADD that others can see. Nobody tries harder then an ADD kid (to remember, to finish, to organize, to learn, etc.). Imagine what it's like to not be able to consistently meet the day to day requirements of life and to not know why. Even if you have the most wonderful adults in your life, you look around at the other kids and know you're different -- a screwup -- and no matter what you (or your parents and teachers) try nothing sticks. If the adults aren't wonderful, what message do you imagine is sent to an ADD kid? Worst of all is that sometimes (randomly) everything clicks and you do amazingly well -- that's what you and the adults remember and then compare everything else to. They and you end up believing there MUST be a choice involved. It's like you did it just right and now it's held against you when you don't (which is most of the time). Moreover, IQ has nothing to do with it, so the assumption is often that you're too smart to have made repeated mistakes -- again it must be a choice. There is no good way to describe what happens -- it's like your brain just blinks and whatever you missed during that blink is just gone and then when the blink has ended there's all new scenery, etc.”
Harvard-Yale Game: After Fatal Crash, Outrage At Local Paper

Harvard-Yale Game: After Fatal Crash, Outrage At Local Paper

Commented Nov 21, 2011 at 16:58:59 in Media

“The journalist and editor screwed up. Common sense dictates that no one could have witnessed the driver "pressing the pedal in road rage because the women weren't moving fast enough." Furthermore, exactly what kind of mind-reading skills would be required for a witness to determine motivation of the driver? Clearly, the single "witness" doesn't have x-ray vision or ESP -- so why write it as if it were just a conflicting account? If a "witness" had said that a gremlin depressed the gas pedal, would that have been in the journalist's account as merely a conflicting description of the event? I doubt it.”
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