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“The Biggest Loser” Adds Teens Next Season

Friday, September 7th, 2012

NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” will include teenagers when the weight loss show resumes in January, CNN reports.

Trainer Jillian Michaels, who returns to the show next season, says she’s especially motivated to help kids since becoming a mother this year. From CNN:

At least three teens between the ages of 13 and 17 will be included in the competition. They will work with trainers, nutritionists and child obesity experts to drop pounds just like the adult contestants on the ranch. Unlike the adults, however, they will not be up for elimination each week.

“As a former overweight teen, I know firsthand how dramatically weight issues can affect every aspect of a child’s life,” Michaels said in a statement from NBC. “Having recently become a mother of two, I am more passionate than ever about helping empower children and families with the information and resources they need to live a healthier life.”

More than one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Image: Jillian Michaels via DFree / Shutterstock.com.

 

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Jessica Simpson Describes Post-Baby Weight Struggle

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Singer, fashion designer, and television personality Jessica Simpson told USA Today that while she was pregnant with her baby daughter Maxwell Drew, she had a “big appetite” and gave in to frequent cravings for macaroni and cheese.

“I let myself indulge in everything I wanted because it was the first time I was ever pregnant, and I wanted to enjoy it,” she said. “I wanted to be happy and eat what I wanted.”

Simpson said she didn’t know the extra pounds wouldn’t “all come off with the baby.” Baby Maxwell was born on May 1 to Simpson and fiancé Eric Johnson, a former NFL player. ”I’m not a supermodel,” Simpson told USA Today. “My body is not bouncing back like a supermodel.”

To shed the weight, Simpson has been following Weight Watchers, and just announced that she’s a spokeswoman for the program. She holds Weight Watchers meetings at her home with her mom and a group of about 14 friends. “It’s nice to do it together and motivate each other,” she said.

Simpson didn’t reveal her starting weight, but said “I’ve lost weight every single week.” In addition to watching what she eats, Simpson is walking about an hour a day and wearing a pedometer to count her steps. She’s also doing brief muscle-toning workouts with a personal trainer several times a week.

“My weight has always been something that people like to comment on. I’ve gotten used to it,” Simpson told USA Today. She added: “Nobody wants to talk about their weight. For me, I have had to come to a place where I am comfortable with myself. I’m a mom now, and get to be a role model for this beautiful little girl.”

 

Image: Jessica Simpson via s_bukley / Shutterstock.com.

 

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Does Breastfeeding Keep Women Thinner?

Monday, July 16th, 2012

A new study has found that breastfeeding–even for just six months–not only can help new mothers lose weight after giving birth, but it can also help women keep weight off for decades.  From MSNBC.com:

Researchers found that women who had children tended to have higher body mass indexes later in life than did women with no children; however, the researchers were able to associate every six months of breast-feeding  with a 0.22 drop in BMIs among the women in their 50s and early 60s.

This translates to a 1 percent drop in BMIs for every six months of breast-feeding, the researchers said.

“We already know breast-feeding is best for babies, and this study adds to a growing body of evidence that the benefits extend to the mother as well, even 30 years after she’s given birth,” said study researcher Dr. Kirsty Bobrow, a researcher at the University of Oxford.

Image: Mother breastfeeding newborn, via Shutterstock.

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Vogue’s Controversial Child Dieting Essay to Become Book

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

The article in which mom Dara-Lynn Weiss writes about putting her 7-year-old daughter on a rigorous diet has garnered enough attention, outrage, and reaction that it will be expanded into a book, The Huffington Post reports.  The article, which was featured in the April issue of Vogue magazine, chronicles Weiss’ decision that her daughter, Bea, needed to lose weight through a the child-focused “Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right” program founded by Dr. Joanna Dolgoff.

Few are debating whether Weiss was wrong to worry about Bea’s weight problem–the girl was reportedly in the 99th percentile for weight at 93 lbs and just under 4 and a half feet tall, and childhood obesity affects an estimated 17 percent of American kids and comes with health risks including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.  And Dolgoff’s program, which is similar to Weight Watchers in its approach to healthy eating, has had much success and little controversy.

The firestorm around the article has more to do with the specific methodology Weiss employed, including publicly chastising Bea for making unhealthy food choices, withholding her dinner, and pouring a high-calorie Starbuck’s hot chocolate into the garbage in anger.

The book, MediaBistro.com reports, is tentatively titled “The Heavy.”

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Children’s Diet Book Raises Controversy

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

In October, a children’s book called Maggie Goes on a Diet will be self-published by author Paul Kramer.  The blurb describing the book on Amazon.com reads, “This book is about a 14 year old girl who goes on a diet and is transformed from being extremely overweight and insecure to a normal sized girl who becomes the school soccer star. Through time, exercise and hard work, Maggie becomes more and more confident and develops a positive self image.”

Amazon’s comment boards had more than 150 posts on the book, mostly decrying the notion of a diet-themed storybook listed as intended for children aged 4 to 8. “It takes so little to trigger eating disorders in children and teenagers and this could be such a huge trigger,” said one commenter.

Others welcomed the book as a potentially healthy message for children, with The Los Angeles Times calling it “the sensible way” to teach children about weight loss.

Laura Stampler, a columnist for The Huffington Post, wrote an opinion piece that draws on both obesity and eating disorder statistics in the US:

Teaching kids to make healthy lifestyle choices from an early age is a worthy endeavor (one that first lady Michelle Obama has taken on as her own), and childhood obesity is a serious public health issue nationwide. According to the CDC, approximately 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese in the United States, over triple the rate a generation ago.

But Maggie isn’t looking at an imagined reflection of herself dominating the soccer field. For this little girl, it’s all about the dress. The book is promoting skinny first, with a side of healthy slipped in later.

Just as childhood obesity is on the rise, eating disorder rates are climbing, and affecting younger and younger kids. Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported a 199 percent increase in the number of eating disorder-related hospitalizations for children under the age of 12 between 1999 and 2006. A 2011 study found that nearly one in 60 adolescents has anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder. Over half of little girls aged 3 to 6 think they are fat.

(image via: http://www.amazon.com/)

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