Archive for the 'weight loss' Category

08
Jan
08

‘October Road’ Actress Hopes to Change Views on Plus-sized Women

Rebecca FieldIn an industry ruled by an obsession with the coveted size zero, the full-figured Rebecca Field is a welcome addition as a regular on October Road.  The actress plays plump barmaid Janet “The Planet” Meadows in the ABC series now on its second season.

In real life, Field has had her own experience tending bar at the Olde Heritage Tavern in Lenox, Massachusetts.  More importantly however, she recently took on the responsibility of spokesperson for a timely health cause that is also made evident by her role in October Road.

In the fall of 2007, Field signed on as spokeswoman for the non-profit group, Multi-service Eating Disorders Association or MEDA.  The outfit endeavors to educate, prevent and help treat eating disorders, something the actress considers especially relevant.

“Based on my own body image my whole life and with my role on October Road, it’s so relatable to so many women in America,” the actress declared.  “It’s all about insecurity.  My weight has always fluctuated up and down.  I’ve never officially been diagnosed with an eating disorder, but I certainly have a funky relationship with food.  I was a yo-yo dieter in college.  And when I’m feeling bummed, I go to my chocolate cookie stash.”

“Hollywood is the worst,” Field added.  “It’s, ‘I have to have these clothes and weigh this much.’  It’s become crazy.  I’ve really worked on loving myself regardless of weight.”

“In real life beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and the same should be true on television,” Field said in MEDA’s official site.  “It’s so important to accept and appreciate our bodies and work to keep them healthy.  It’s not about size or a number on the scale.  Slowly, but surely, we can change the way women are viewed, on and off screen.”

Her real life experience both as a member of the female species and as an actress in Hollywood has some semblance of similarity with her character’s own reality in October Road.  The overweight Janet normally becomes just one of the guys, all of whom have their own respective sexy and skinny significant others.

Recently however, Field’s October Road alter ego gave plus-sized women reason to celebrate when Janet embarked on a semi-secret affair with one of the show’s resident heartthrobs, Eddie Latekka, played by Geoff Stults.

“You are showing all the people that you don’t have to be a size two to get a hottie,” a viewer wrote on Field’s MySpace page.  “You are a role model for all women.”

“I am glad that you represent women like me,” another one said.  “I would not date my husband because I thought he would be ashamed of me.  But we have been together for three years with an 8-month-old.”

Still another fan cheered: “As one big girl to another, you rock… You can be a big girl and still get the guy in the end.”

Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: MEDA, The Boston Globe
(Image Courtesy of ABC)

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20
Oct
07

Bobbi Kristina getting her sexy on

I’m sure Bobby Brown is not feeling these pics.  These photos are old, but I wasn’t aware of them.  Bobbi Kristina was looking a lil rough back in the day.  Looks like she’s dropped the weight and is feeling “fast”…as in “fast tail lil girl” (as my grandma used to say).

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14
Sep
07

Another reason to slim down: Fat is bad for your heart

Well, Duh!!!!!

A new study involving more than 300,000 people finds that being overweight independently increases a person’s risk of coronary disease.

In other words, even if doctors could get an overweight person’s blood pressure and cholesterol down to normal, that patient would still be at higher heart risk.

The Dutch analysis involved data from 21 previous studies that included more than 302,000 people.

Of those people, 18,000 suffered heart events or deaths during the studies. After factoring in age, sex, physical activity levels and smoking, the team concluded that moderately overweight people had a 32 percent increased risk of heart disease and obese people an 81 percent increased risk compared to those who weren’t overweight. – US News

20
Aug
07

Fat March…so many things I can say

Some top fitness experts are angry over a new reality TV show called Fat March, which they say has contestants doing too much walking too fast, putting them at a high risk for injuries.

Fat March is the latest in a series of weight-loss shows like The Biggest Loser, which thrust heavy people into an inappropriate boot-camp environment, exercise experts say.

The participants, whose initial weight ranged from roughly 230 to 519 pounds, began by completing 65 miles in eight days of walking over a two-week period.

During the first two weeks of the march, a 274-pound female contestant quit because she said her lower back and feet hurt; a young man was rushed to the emergency room for dehydration. The heaviest contestant, the 519-pound man, was taken to the emergency room with blisters and possible stress fractures in his feet. On the second episode, when contestants were walking about 10 miles a day, several complained about aching knees, feet and ankles.“- From USA Today article – Aug 20, 2007

I submit this as another example of how fat is unhealthy.  If people over, let’s say, 230 are so healthy, wholesale with no exceptions as many people try to get me to think, what about the contestants on this show.  Experts are saying that walking several miles a day…not running…walking…is too much for these people to take physically.  If the typically healthy person could do this without injury…then doesn’t that mean that these people have compromised health?  I won’t get fractures in my feet from just walking 5-6 miles, and I’m not small or thin.

14
Aug
07

Overweight people are easily offended

I find that overweight people are easily offended. Could it be the constant teasing as a child, insecurities about what people think of their weight, and the world being blatantly anti-fat and pro-thin? Well, maybe. Of course this blog talks about weight all the time and very seldom do I hear from an overweight person something simple like…

“I hate your blog.” “I love your blog.” or “I’m happy, I don’t care what you think.”

What I usually hear in response to what I think about “fat” being unhealthy and unattractive is an essay and a list of questions.

For that reason the post below resonated with me…enjoy.

“It seems to me as though we are constantly looking for things to be offended about. Imus says something [fucked up*] stupid, let’s get him fired. Kerry makes a stupid joke, let’s lynch him.

Have we become so overly sensitive that every little thing is offensive to us? Where does this need to complain, bitch, moan and argue come from?

Sometimes I see some of the complaints that come up on blogs around the Internet, and I wonder if these people woke up, got their coffee, and sat down on the computer to search out phrases and sayings that they can complain about.

And because of how easily offended people are, the rest of us are stuck walking on eggshells.

For a country that is centered on Freedom of Speech, it seems as though we really mean “Freedom of Speech as long as you don’t say [insert your biggest pet peeve here]… or say that they have a right to say [insert your biggest pet peeve here]…””From America the Easily Offended…| Progressive U

*Added by blog owner because I can! lol

31
Jul
07

Star, girlfriend…we all know from the way your skin is hanging

“Star Jones Reynolds says in a new interview that her dramatic weight-loss was due to gastric-bypass surgery, and that she dodged questions about it for years because she was “scared of what people might think of me.

Reynolds, 45, says she was “intentionally evasive” when people asked how she’d dropped 160 pounds in three years. The former “View” co-host opens up about her weight loss and self-esteem issues in a story featured in the September issue of Glamour magazine, on newsstands Aug. 7…

‘I used to look in the mirror and take pride in my figure, but that was when I was legitimately a full-figured woman,” she says. “I’d gradually gone from full-figured to morbidly obese'” – AP

Star Jones is the only one who cares at this point. We ALL know she had gastric…we were just waiting on her to let go of the secrecy. Damn Star, you look just like Al Roker and all the other people who’ve had the operation. All of the tale tale signs are there. Sagging skin, turkey neck, wings of extra flesh under the arms, and plastic surgery to remove all of the extra skin and lift up your sagging boobs. We understand, you should have just told us. The would knows how hard it is to be an overweight woman, we wouldn’t have hated you for wanting to be smaller. Everyone knows the status quo makes it easier for thin stars to do well in hollywood, and that regular sized, non-plus sized women have it easier in life in general. Self-esteem is a bitch…you have to do what you have to do to be happy and accept yourself. Damn the world! Good for you Star, there is no need to hide anymore!

If you are obese and you want to have gastric…that is your life and your business. However, when you drop 100 pounds in 3 months…people are going to want to know your business. Note to the wise: go ahead and tell them, because they will already have figured it out.

26
Jul
07

Amy’s booty is headed for a milk carton

She is so skinny.  The girl used to have curves…now she is just bones.  Come on lady…men love booty, round curves, something to hold on to.  When I hear your voice I expect to see a “healthy” woman with some meat on her bones.  That’s soul…that’s what soul singers look like.  Even Joss has curves, and she’s lily white other than the crazy hair, clothes, and that freakishly soulful voice.  Eat up Soul Diva, have a sandwich or 3.

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