Women struggle with weight, the pressure to be thin

From high school to homemaker and through childhood to career, women across all ages and cultural boundaries are struggling with the same thing: trying to lose weight. While weight issues affect both men and women, in recent years it has been women who are at the center of the weight loss frenzy.Inch-Aweigh.com says that the average American woman is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds while the average American model is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 117 pounds. The fitness website also says that most fashion models are thinner than 98 percent of American women.

While the motivation may be driven by either health or appearance, in recent years the definition of beauty has become synonymous with the definition of skinny, says Dustie Thomas, a young woman who says she has struggled with her weight all of her life.

“The media is the reason that weight has become such a big issue,” says Thomas, 23, assistant manager at Subway in Athens, Tenn. “If you turn on the television all you see are tiny little women showing off their money, power and celebrity. Of course every woman wants to be gorgeously thin because the media shows us that that’s what it takes to make it. If you want to be somebody you’ve got to be skinny.”

Women will go to great lengths to lose weight says Kasey Blankenship, 19, a sophomore at Radford University in Virginia. “Society has set a standard that women think they have to follow to be beautiful. If that means surgery or starving yourself, if women want it, they do whatever it takes to achieve that perfect body. I am guilty myself of looking at someone and wishing that I was like her or was her size.”

Although celebrities are at the direct center of the thin craze, even they are struggling to keep up with society’s expectations says Blankenship. In March of this year, The Oprah Winfrey Show featured actress Valerie Bertinelli who has lost 47 pounds in the last two years while doing the Jenny Craig program.

Bertinelli spoke to Oprah about her lifelong obsession with fluctuating weight.

“I have obsessed about my weight in some sort of way all of my life,” she says. “I used to write in my journal what I weighed every day.”

Identifying with Bertinelli’s weight struggles, Amanda Carroll from Decatur, Tenn., sees her weight as a battle that she has been fighting all of her life.

“I’ve been chubby since about first grade, says Carroll, 27. “It was after I started high school that I began to pack on the pounds. I figured it was the lack of exercise and unhealthy school lunches.”

Emotions played a bit part in Carroll’s weight struggles she says. “During my freshmen year in high school, I slimmed down to 145 pounds. However, I gained over 75 pounds from age 16 to 18 after a bad breakup. Looking back, I think it was emotional eating and a defense mechanism to make sure I didn’t get close to anyone else.”

Along with emotional eating, pregnancy, hormones and menstrual cycles are big factors in why weight is such a bigger issue for women than men says Victoria Stutes of Cleveland, Tenn.

“Pregnancy was my downfall,” says Stutes, 21, a pre-nursing student at Cleveland State Community College. “My husband was stationed with the army when I was pregnant and I sadly passed my time with eating. I gained 90 plus pounds and was at risk for a stroke which could have killed myself or my daughter.”

Birth control is another factor in why weight loss is harder for many women Carroll says. “Some of the weight I gained in high school was due to birth control shots. I stopped those after my first three-month run of them when I saw that I was starting to gain weight.”

With all of the many physical and emotional characteristics that are contributing to their weight gain, women are trying every method they can to get the weight off says Allison Herrell, who in 2006, had the lap band placed around her stomach to limit her food intake.

“I tried Weight Watchers, appetite suppressant pills, and every fad diet out there and they all failed,” says Herrell, 32, an insurance company medical reviewer from Soddy Daisy, Tenn. “I finally decided the weight had to come off so I turned to the lap band and it worked great. I weighed 254 pounds before and now I stay around 130 to 135 pounds. I went from a size 24 to a size 2 and have been stable in my weight for nearly a year. The lap band saved my life.”

While weight loss surgery helped Herrell lose her weight, she says that she is critical of some of the weight loss clinics and companies that are putting women on diets that are hard to maintain over a long period of time.

“Weight loss surgery isn’t the answer for everyone,” says Herrell. “However, fad diets may not be the answer either. I know a few people who have had success with them. They lost 20 to 40 pounds but when the calorie- or point-counting stopped the weight came back almost instantly. Fad diets are a quick fix but whether you go on a restrictive diet or have weight loss surgery, in the end it’s all about self motivation and life style changes.”

A lifestyle change is what finally made her weight loss journey a success says Meagan Taylor, 19, a sophomore at Cleveland State Community College.

“After being overweight all through my teenage years, I finally took control of my weight and health issues,” says Taylor, who is working towards her English degree. “I stopped eating out and stopped making excuses to not go to the gym. I hear a lot of people say that they couldn’t give up certain foods, or go to the gym because of whatever reason, but once you reach a certain level of self-loathing, you’ll do whatever it takes.”

After losing 30 pounds in seven months, Taylor says that she truly believes diet and exercise is the healthiest way to lose weight.

‘Nicolas Sarkozy got 50 million euros from Gaddafi’ – Today’s World News!

A document has been made public in Paris that says French President Nicolas Sarkozy received 50 million euros (around $ 65 million) from slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that propelled Sarkozy to power in 2007, the Daily Mail reported.

French law bans candidates from receiving cash payments above 6,300 pounds, but a news website claimed that the massive donation was laundered through bank accounts in Panama and Switzerland.

Written in Arabic and signed by Mussa Kussa, Gaddafi’s intelligence chief, in 2006, the document referred to an agreement in principle to support the campaign for the candidate for the presidential elections, Nicolas Sarkozy, for a sum equivalent to 50 million euros.

The daily said Sarkozy faces an uphill battle to be re-elected president, with his Socialist rival Francois Hollande enjoying an opinion poll lead of up to 10%.

The evidence was leaked by senior members of Libya’s National Transitional Council, the organisation now governing the country after the death of Gaddafi, to investigative French news website Mediapart.

Various information has been published in the past by the press relating to France’s relationship with the Gaddafi regime.

A governmental briefing sent to Mediapart points to numerous visits to Libya reportedly by Sarkozy and his colleagues.

One, said to have taken place Oct 6, 2005, led to campaign finance to NS being all paid. It is assumed to be a reference to Sakozy, the Daily Mail reported.

Mediapart claims that the 50 million euros referred to in the note was laundered through accounts including a Swiss one opened in the name of the sister of Jean-Francois Cope, the leader of Sarkozy’s ruling UMP party.

Gaddafi made a state visit to Paris in 2007. He was reportedly referred to as the”Brother Leader by the French president, and allowed to pitch his tent next to the presidential Elysee Palace.

The report said that as France’s head of state, Sarkozy cannot be prosecuted while in office, but if he loses the presidential election, it would pave the way for a full investigation.

The Elysee Palace did not comment on the allegations.

Pet health: Neurological problems in pets can be healed

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For the second time in less than one year an adorable, chubby, Daisy Dog was brought to the office for an acute onset of back pain. She did nothing obvious to cause the intense pain she endured for simply scratching.

Upon completing a comprehensive physical examination I noted that she had a problem. Knowing that, when I inverted her paw, she was standing on the wrong side of her paw. This is a clear indication that something neurologically was amiss. An x-ray of her spine showed that, due to herniated discs, there was a narrowing of two disc spaces. She had a similar problem, confirmed with an x-ray, a little less than one year ago.

At this point pet owners have a variety of options. The one that will likely give the best result is to have the patient examined by a veterinary neurologist. Yes, there are such individuals. In fact, there are two centers in this state that do nothing but examine and treat pets with spine, brain and other nervous system issues. They are equipped with the latest in diagnostic and surgical equipment designed for neurological conditions. I have made many a referral to these facilities with generally very good results. I tell the owners that they should be prepared to make a sizable investment on their pet’s behalf.

Another option, that works a fair amount of the time, is to completely confine the patient while starting them on a rigorous and lengthy course of steroids. For a full month, the pet MUST be kept from stairs, running, jumping and any other form of rigorous activity! This is easier said than done. At the time the diagnosis is made, the patient is in considerable pain, so confining them is quite simple. Once the steroids are given to decrease the swelling in the spine, thus preserving their spinal cord, they are no longer in pain. As you might imagine, subsequently curtailing their activity becomes quite a challenge! Simply jumping off the couch, bed or going down the stairs may be enough to cause permanent, irreparable damage to their spinal cord resulting in paralysis!

There is yet another option to end the pet’s pain and suffering. In the event that the former two options are not going to work, the only way to resolve such incredible pain is euthanasia. This may not seem to be a fair alternative, however, the as the condition progresses paralysis and intense pain are the likely sequel.

Should your pet show a sudden onset of problems while walking or demonstrates intense pain while moving, call ASAP for an examination. A prompt diagnosis of any type of neurological problem is essential for giving the pet owner the best options to relieve their extreme discomfort!

For more information about this and other pet health concerns, contact an expert, your veterinarian.

Dr. Stephen R. Thimmig leads the health care team at the Zeeb Pet Health Center and Three Shears for Pets; visit them on the Web at www.pethealth.net.

Entertainment News: Louis Armstrong, George Jones, Cheryl Crow

WASHINGTON (AP) — A live recording of Louis Armstrong playing his trumpet for one of the last times is being released to the public for the first time.
The recording is being played Friday at the National Press Club in Washington where it was created in January 1971. Armstrong was a featured performer celebrating the inauguration of fellow Louisiana native Vernon Louviere as president of the club.
The performance was a comeback of sorts. Armstrong had been in poor health and didn’t play for much of 1970. But he felt strong enough to play in Washington and surprised the crowd with tunes like “Hello Dolly.”
Armstrong died later that year.
Smithsonian Folkway Recordings is releasing Armstrong’s music on CD and digital download after collaborating with the press club and the Louis Armstrong Foundation.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer Sheryl Crow joined more than 30,000 runners in her first half-marathon, and she has finished with a time of 1 hour, 59 minutes and 14 seconds at the St. Jude Country Music Half Marathon.
Crow was running to raise money for New Hope Academy, and she says she got plenty of support from people cheering the runners all along the course. She says she can really see how people get hooked on running marathons.
Ryan James, 19, a sophomore from Berry College’s cross country team won the first marathon he entered, finishing a time of 2:32:50. A cut in the cash prize to $1,000 limited the number of elite runners. Erin Sutton, 24, of Woodstock, Ga., also won her marathon debut with a time of 2:54:16.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Doctors are ordering George Jones to postpone all tour dates through May 20 to recover from an upper respiratory infection.
A statement from Jones’ publicist, Kirt Webster, says the 80-year-old singer is resting at his home near Nashville. He spent about a week in the hospital last month receiving antibiotics for the infection.
Jones is delaying his entire Canadian run in May as well as a show in Caruthersville, Missouri. He had already postponed concerts on April 20 and 21 in Minnesota and South Dakota.
The Country Music Hall of Fame member posted a video on his website Wednesday thanking fans for their prayers and the “wonderful ways” they have stood by him. He said he was on his “way back for sure,” adding that he only needs time.

Pattaya Mail

The objective of the campaign is to encourage Thais to eat foods that are low in sodium, sugar and oil. The campaign has been piloted at Prajaksilpakhom Camp Hospital in Udon Thani to improve the health of their patients.

Prajaksilpakhom Camp Hospital has been nominated a prototype learning center on healthy menus for other hospitals to follow since 2008. The obesity studies conducted during 2003-2004 and 2008-2009 found that the numbers of women and men having obesity rose from 34.4% to 40.7% and from 22.5-28.4% respectively.

Obesity is the cause of many health issues such as coronary heart disease and hypertension. In 2009, the number of obese patients suffering from heart disease and stroke grew four-fold to 558,000 compared to the previous decade. Patients with hypertension also rose 3.8 times. Those chronic diseases had cost the government 302 billion baht on health bills.

Dr. Somyos further stated that, besides hospitals, over 10,600 restaurants have participated in the campaign to create healthy menus for consumers. He said it is hoped that with more choices of healthy menus for Thai people, the obesity rate in Thailand will decline.

Vetstreet.com Offers Robust Online Resource for Smart Pet Owners

Expert-driven website offers most accurate information and advice on pet care.

Yardley, PA (PRWEB) April 18, 2012

In order to provide pet owners with the most accurate information and current advice, the publishers of respected veterinary journals Compendium and Veterinary Technician have launched vetstreet.com, an online resource delivering expert-driven pet health, wellness and lifestyle content.

“We know that the key to a happy, healthy, long-living pet is a well-informed owner and expert veterinary care team,” said Lisa Lausten, vice president of marketing of vetstreet.com. “Our goal is to unite pets with vets to expand the number of smart pet owners who are dedicated to keeping their cats and dogs healthy.”

Vetstreet.com’s articles are written, developed and reviewed by leading veterinarians, professional journalists and animal health experts, including “America’s Veterinarian” Dr. Marty Becker, top-selling author and renowned pet expert Arden Moore, and many others. Pet owners can find articles on everything from choosing the right puppy or kitten to training your dog to stop barking to dealing with serious medical conditions.

In addition to pet health and wellness, vetstreet.com covers fun pop-culture trends, great new pet products, unusual dog and cat events as well as interesting books, movies and animal news.

Beyond editorial content, vetstreet.com also features a vet directory to help pet owners find a veterinarian and will fully launch an online store later this year, where consumers can order home delivery of vet-prescribed medications, nutritional products, grooming supplies, toys and more. Additionally, pet owners can use vetstreet.com to access pet records and request appointments through participating veterinarians.

For more information about vetstreet.com or to view their pet care resources, please visit vetstreet.com. To receive a weekly roundup of vetstreet.com’s best tips, tricks and advice, go to vetstreet.com and enter your email address to sign up for the Petwire Newsletter.

About Vetstreet.com

Vetstreet.com (http://www.vetstreet.com) is a new site dedicated to connecting pet owners with the best products, services and veterinary care to help keep their dogs and cats healthy. Vetstreet’s articles are written, developed and reviewed by leading veterinarians, professional journalists and animal health experts, providing pet owners with the most accurate information and current advice on everything from finding the right puppy or kitten to dealing with serious medical conditions. In addition to information about the latest events, trends and product reviews, the site also features a vet directory. We are still in the soft launch phase of our online shop but the Vetstreet retail environment will soon offer a broad array of vet-prescribed medications, nutritional products, grooming supplies, cute dog beds, fun pet toys, and more.

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Fetching Communications
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Punch TV Network Adds Entertainment News Show: 'IC Places Hollywood' to Fall TV Schedule

LOS ANGELES, April 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — IC Places, Inc. (ICPA.PK), IC Places, Inc. is pleased to announce that Punch TV Networks has ordered 13 episodes of “IC Places Hollywood” with a 13 week renewal option. IC Places Hollywood will become a part of the Fall TV schedule for the growing network.

IC Places Hollywood is hosted by veteran film critic Steven Samblis. The half hour weekly entertainment news show features interviews and red carpet coverage of the latest movies, TV shows and home entertainment releases. 

About Punch TV Network

Launched on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, shortly after Columbus Day, Punch TV Network is comprised of 80% original programming. Punch TV was designed to deliver entertainment to multicultural audiences though a unique type of programming that reflects the tastes, preferences, hues, and nationalities of the American – a population that includes Caucasians, African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans and citizenry of mixed ethnicity’s. Though Dish Network and affiliates, Punch TV will be in 50 million households this Fall.

About IC Places:

IC Places is a Multi Media Entertainment Company.

The company produces “Made for TV” and “New Media” video programs which are watched by millions of people every month on several different platforms.

At the core, IC Places is a network of 350 city based entertainment websites. This foundation allows IC Places the unique advantage having a built in fan based for the TV and New Media programs it produces. 

Each IC Places City website offers a virtual keyhole view of life in each community. Every unique aspect of a city’s social, business, and cultural life is available right at each city’s IC Places homepage. IC Places provides the entire community a place to talk, do business and get connected. Businesses are given amazing tools to tell their stories in the best way possible and visitors get unfettered access to businesses, events and people in each city. To see one of the IC Places City sites in action, please visit http://www.icPlaces.com.com/orlando.

IC Places Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are based on the current plans and expectations of management and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks that could significantly affect the company’s current plans and expectations, as well as future results of operations and financial condition. A more extensive listing of risks and factors that may affect the company’s business prospects and cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in the reports and other documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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