Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

At The Dinner Table


This Article was originally Published in The July 2004 Issue of The ZoneNet Newsletter

It was very hard having an overweight child. Wherever we were, people just stared. I often wondered if she saw what I saw. I wish I could have protected my 8 year old, Jeanine, from the eyes of this world. I wish I could have shielded her from those stares. We never really talked much about it. It was simply too painful. It is almost as if as long as we didn't talk about it, it was not real. She pretended not to notice but I knew she saw how people reacted to her. She was a smart, perceptive child. From a very early age, she always saw things that I did not even notice. There was that time on a trip to Washington, D.C. she asked me, "Mom, why are there so many homeless people in our nation's capital?"

I blame myself for her weight problems. We were a generally obese family and we did not practice the best eating habits. We hardly ever exercised. Even our dog was fat. From the beginning, I rewarded her with junk food for everything from getting a good grade at school to being a good girl and doing as she was told. I would wave cookies in front of her so that she would stop crying. By 3 years old, she had started manipulating me instead of the other way around!

I had no idea how much I was really conditioning her to reward herself with food as she got older. It was as if she walked through life feeling she deserved something simply for doing what she was supposed to do. I felt so helpless that it had gotten this far out of control. As she got older and spent more time away from home because of school, I simply could not watch her all the time as she rewarded herself with candy bars and ice cream for no reason at all. And she could get all of this stuff at school too! It was easily accessible to her. She stayed away from anything green unless it was artificially colored. One day at school, Jeanine complained of being dizzy. She experienced short dizzy spells a couple of days following that.

She was unusually tired much of the time. She would snap at her young brother-an infant! She was never this way towards him. We didn't consider any of these things symptoms of something. We just thought Jeanine's body was going through changes until one day when she almost fainted in P.E. class.

That very afternoon, the physician diagnosed her with Type one diabetes. AlThough I wished she did not have to suffer by getting pricked with needles and having to go to the doctor so often, her condition has gotten our entire family involved in eating right. After all, we all eat at the same dinner table. We cut out juices, soda and sugary carbs, which do a real number on blood sugar levels.

Now our 4-person household has lost over one hundred pounds in 6 months. Even our 3-year old shed several pounds! It is a miracle because we do not eat half as much and yet we do not feel hungry like we used to. Jeanine is fitting into smaller and smaller clothes and is a lot more active in extracurricular activities at school. And she no longer sits on the sidelines in gym class. She's even going to be on the intramural volleyball team next year! The most ironic thing is that Jeanine may have diabetes, but she's the healthiest that she has ever been in her entire life!

Ryan Joseph is a writer/researcher. For more information go to http://www.fitness-supplements.net/


MORE RESOURCES:

My Super Bowl Victory in Weight Loss
Huffington Post
Exactly 2 months ago today, Dr Derek Weiss of Bluegrass Bariatric in Lexington performed gastric sleeve weight loss surgery on me at Georgetown Community Hospital. This is part of my business plan upcoming book (released in August) called Project 199, ...



Fox News

Unpleasantly plump? Try these 11 natural weight-loss tips
Fox News
Grab your tape measure: If your waist size is greater than 35 inches (40 for men) you're at a higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. (To get the right number, measure around your belly button just above your hip bones.) Though “pleasantly ...



6abc.com

Weight Loss Program Email Sparks Outrage At Local College
CBS Local
BRYN MAWR, Pa., (CBS) ‚ÄĒ Targeted for their weight. Students at Bryn Mawr College were asked to enroll in a weight loss program based on their body mass index. The health center used its records to identify students with higher BMIs and in an email ...
Bryn Mawr College weight loss e-mail sparking controversy6abc.com
Bryn Mawr Health Center Helpfully Emails Students Weight Loss TipsJezebel
American university apologises for targeting obese students with weight-loss ...The Independent
Main Line -WILX-TV -Philly.com
all 100 news articles »


11 Solutions for Your Weight Loss Challenges
Huffington Post
I rounded up the obstacles to weight loss I hear about most often and share my solutions for each below. But let me start with this: You are not fighting this weight loss battle alone. Lots of people share similar struggles, and I am here for you! Here ...



Stuff.co.nz

Weight loss through bariatric surgery
WJXT Jacksonville
BARIATRIC IS A MEDICAL TERM FOR DEALING WITH OBESITY, PAIRIAT TRICK SURGERY ARE OPERATION WE DO TO PROMOTE WEIGHT LOSS, IT IS THE NUMBER ONE TREATMENT FOR OBESITY. IT IS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT.
Surgeons call for publicly funded weight loss surgery3News NZ
Fattest nation?Stuff.co.nz
New Zealand May Overtake US And Mexico As 'Fattest Nation'International Business Times AU
New Zealand Doctor Online -The Saturday Paper (subscription)
all 9 news articles »


Dr. Oz Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss Plan Quick Guide
eMaxHealth
Are you curious about the Dr. Oz Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss Plan diet, but just don't have the time to sit through the videos to figure out if this is the right diet for you? Well here is a quick guide on his diet plan that will help you determine if ...
DR. OZ SHOW to Put a Little Love In Your Heart This FebruaryBroadway World

all 2 news articles »


Change in diet is key to weight loss
Napa Valley Register
By following the major points outlined in the book I have made modest progress in weight loss without altering to any great degree my lifestyle. Three pounds have come off in 10 days. I normally maintain a good diet of high on protein, low on fats and ...



Yahoo Health

5 Unhealthy, Even Dangerous, Weight-Loss Diets
Yahoo Health
Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, says this is in no way a viable weight-loss option. ‚ÄúThis is an incredibly dangerous and unhealthy weight-loss option that could potentially be deadly,‚ÄĚ says Palinkski-Wade. ‚ÄúNot only would this lead to serious nutrient ...



WRAL.com

Consumer Reports: Weight-loss supplements not worth the risk
WRAL.com
Weight-loss supplements that promise quick results are all the rage. In fact, it's now a billion-dollar industry. But supplements claiming to "burn fat fast" could impact health in a negative way over time. Ingredients in many of them include green ...



Examiner.com

Dr. Oz: Duchess Sarah Ferguson talks 55-pound weight loss, sex slave scandal
Examiner.com
Dr. Mehmet Oz spoke to the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, about her 55-pound weight loss and her thoughts on ex-husband Prince Andrew's alleged involvement in an underage sex ring on the January 30 episode of the "Dr. Oz Show." Ferguson ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.