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Oh Kelly! Knock it off please!

I know things get taken out of context when it comes to quotes, and from the sounds of things this is a personal matter, but seriously. She should know better.

Kelly Osbourne has mocked Christina Aguilera for being “fat”.

"She called me fat for years. I was never that fat."

"She called me fat for so many years, so you know what? You’re fat too."

Look, I know it wasn’t the most flattering outfit for many, but you know what? She wanted to wear it. She felt confident in it. So Shhhuuush everybody.

When we comment on bodies, even celebrity ones, we comment on the millions of non-celebrity women who share that body type. Calling Christina names and commenting on her body is bullying. Plain and simple. Don’t like her outfit? Fine. But shush on the body talk. It serves no purpose other than to knock her down, and while some might feel entitled to do so, it’s a sign your insecurity is showing. Not classy.

And for those who have been overweight at one point, ESPECIALLY those who were victims of name calling and bullying (hint, hint Kelly), you should know better. In Kelly’s case, there seems to be lingering resentment there. Let it go.

Wag of my finger. Shaking my head.

Stop it.

And I don’t blame her one bit.

If she was an overweight star being bullied for being too big, women everywhere would be livid.

Once again, a reminder: STOP commenting on other people’s bodies. Fight the right battles.

LeAnn brought up some good points in her interview with Ellen, including the fact that calling someone ‘anorexic’ takes away from the real disease, that’s killing millions of girls. It’s also irresponsible, and makes bullying behaviors towards regular people (not celebs) more acceptable, instead of not.

I know it’s difficult for some to feel sympathy for someone who’s “thin”, since we tend to relate more to the bullying of the overweight. But bullying is bullying, and it’s never okay. And if you’ve been following along here, I don’t think commenting on ANYONE’S body is okay or acceptable.

Also: those that may in fact be anorexic can be traumatized by those comments. So while it might seem fun to post comments about someone’s body, those who suffer from the real disease may end up worse off, triggered, or scarred by comments about a body that they already hate. Aside from that, it’s not helpful to anyone and reinforces the idea that looks matter. If they shouldn’t, then we shouldn’t comment.

So, while you might not care for LeAnn’s music, her acting, or her choices, back off the body, ok? I’m not her biggest fan, but even I don’t think the body hate that’s come her way has been nice, fair or just.

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Runner Trains For Marathon On All McDonald’s Diet…

"She’s working on a diet that most atheletes wouldn’t touch"

Lol, that’s an understatement.

Keep in mind, she’s not eating this way for health or TO train. She just loves fast food. And she loves to run.

The execs at McDonald’s LOVE this I’m sure.

Despite all this, I wish her well & hope her arteries stay unclogged. And she’s doing this for a good cause, so we wish them luck with that too.

*Sigh, lol.

I guess this is pretty funny, but I kinda wonder whether they’ve lost sight of why they started PETA in the first place. As hysterical/newsworthy/sensational as the idea is, not sure whether it’s helping or hurting their cause.

I mean, really? (I have no issue with porn. But ‘agenda’ porn kinda bugs me. And using porn for shock value feels more manipulative than inspiring). They lost me here. And I worry that they might be alienating the very people who want to work for their cause.

The new PETA porn site will be pro-animal porn essentially, promoting vegan lifestyles, vegan sex toys & peppered with information about animal-free lovin’ & lifestyles (including aphrodisiacs).

I hope this goes without saying, but no animals will be featured in the films, IF there are films. Just in case it needs reiterating.

Not much information has been given, other to say that they expect it to launch ‘soon’.

Okey-dokey then. :)

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Dr. Glen House is paralyzed from the waist down, but that’s not stopping him from joining 450 other climbers for the annual Pike’s Peak Challenge. Dr. House will wheel himself up the steep 14,110 foot summit. In addition to thinning oxygen levels, he also has to manage dangerous, windy paths; which are not necessarily wheelchair accessible. He’s had a close call before, during another climb when his chair spun and he nearly rolled off a cliff.

I’ve been trying to find information about whether this happened this past Saturday, and how Glen did, but can’t find any information online. Will update when I have it!

Excerpt from Huffington Post

House, 42, was paralyzed from the waist down in a skiing accident while in college. He has enough use of his arms and hands to push the wheels of his chair, even up a steep incline like the Pikes Peak Highway. In addition to the physical demands of ascending about 7,000 feet into thin air, House will have to contend with traffic on the twisting roadway, which lacks guardrails.

The trek should take about five to six hours, said House, who’s trained by propelling himself up hills near his home in Colorado Springs. His longest trip to date has been 3.5 miles, but he’s not fazed by the immensity of the climb, because he successfully completed it several years ago in a more technologically advanced wheelchair than the model he’ll use this weekend.

Still, he had a close call on that journey when his chair spun around and he almost rolled off a cliff, he said.

"It gets real steep," House recalled. "If somebody hadn’t been there, I would have gone right off the edge."

Because of close calls like that, the Pikes Peak Challenge organizers have insisted that House have a support team with him. A van will trail him, carrying things like batteries for his wheelchair. There will be a few oxygen tanks, too, in case House starts huffing and puffing too much.

The specialty chair and wheels that House uses cost almost as much as some cars. He said the lightweight chair goes for around $5,000 and the wheels, which last about five years, are another $7,000.

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Workout machines that create kinetic energy could power lights, TVs, computers and more.

Awesome.

Excerpt from MSNBC

The University of Oregon — one of its school colors is, after all, green — is the latest in a growing number of college campuses and exercise clubs across the country where workouts produce watts.

Splitting the $14,000 cost with the local utility, Eugene Water and Electric Board, the school has retrofitted 20 Precor elliptical machines to generate electricity using technology from ReRev.com of St. Petersburg, Fla. The power from each machine in the Student Recreation Center goes through a converter that turns DC into AC, and a meter to keep track before it flows into the grid.

Only produces a small amount of electricity
The amount of electricity produced is small. The university estimates that 3,000 people a day on 20 machines would generate 6,000 kilowatt hours a year, enough to power one small energy-efficient house in the Northwest. But it fits in with other sustainability projects, such as solar panels on the rec center roof, and a high sense of being green among the student body.

"Oh, wow! It’s awesome! That’s cool!" said sophomore Eileen Donnerberg when told the machine she chose for her workout was producing electricity. "I never thought of that. It’s a good thing."

You can do this? Lol, no way!

I think this story is funny, but it brings up some important thoughts about what it means to be married these days. In a legal sense anyways.

And, on another tangent, how do you think this would have played out in the news if the situation was the other way around? “Man sues wife for not putting out?” (Ohhh, I can already hear the lady bloggers seething)

Innnteresting…

Excerpt from Yahoo.com

London, Sep 7 (IANS) A man has been ordered to pay his ex-wife thousands of pounds in damages for failing to have enough sex with her during their 21-years of marriage.

The 51-year-old has been fined 8,500 pounds under article 215 of France’s civil code, which states married couples must agree to a ‘shared communal life’, Daily Express reported.

The judge ruled that this law implies ‘sexual relations must form part of a marriage’.

The rare legal decision came after the wife filed for divorce two years ago, blaming the break-up on her ex’s lack of activity in the bedroom.

A judge had granted the divorce and ruled the husband, named only as Jean-Louis B, was solely responsible for the split. But his 47-year-old former wife then took him back to court demanding the cash in compensation for ‘lack of sex over 21 years of marriage’.

But a judge in the south of France’s highest court in Aix-en-Provence ruled: ‘A sexual relationship between husband and wife is the expression of affection they have for each other, and in this case it was absent. By getting married, couples agree to sharing their life and this clearly implies they will have sex with each other.’

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The 10th anniversary of 9/11 is this weekend. Wow. Time flies, right?

I don’t want to dwell on 9/11 here: that’s not what this blog is about. But I do remember 9/11: watching the planes hit, watching the footage that was edited out afterwards happening live, being scared that more attacks were on the way. It was a scary time, a heart-wrenching event and watching the world change since then has been profound and extraordinary.

I don’t know how old you were, how much you saw or remember of the PRE 9/11 world or where you were when the planes hit. But our lives, every single one of us, have been dramatically affected by those few minutes in New York one morning. In more ways than we knew was possible.

I remember not needing my passport to visit the states. I remember when airports were easy, breezy like train stations,

So, I wanted to know… Do you remember where you were on 9/11? How has YOUR life changed since then (not necessarily as a result of 9/11, but as a result of 10 years of life).

10 years ago I was just out of high school, starting a career in… ugh… science. My classes were calculus, chemistry & physics based and I was slowly learning that that wasn’t the venue for me. I was working 2 jobs: one at a movie theater, one at a clothing store, and still lived at home. I was relishing new freedoms, didn’t have a clue about anything, and certainly had no idea what was going on outside this end of the world, save for the death of Princess Diana and World Cup Soccer.

Needless to say, things have changed. Hell, things have changed RECENTLY. I’m more aware, a little wiser, have more to worry about health wise, wouldn’t dream of leaving the country without my passport, and the words ‘war on terror’ barely phase me. I’m a different person, with different goals, and no idea where the hell I’m going with everything. But I know what I love to do. I’ve found my passion. Now, I just have to let things happen, make things happen and try not to get in my own way.

Scary, lol. But good.

What’s your story? How has YOUR world changed?

Ooooh, she must be so pissed! Have a drink Bethenny. It’ll be okay.

This IS big news though. Turns out the line wasn’t as ‘all natural’ as Whole Foods was lead to believe.

It’s okay. Girls got good attitude. Pretty sure she’ll be fine. :)

P.S. - Very low levels of a preservative were found, but the products are still fairly healthy. As Bethanny says ‘I’m not making wheatgrass’. Truth.

Excerpt from The Marquee Blogs

"After discovering that [Skinnygirl Margarita] contains a preservative that does not meet our quality standards, we have had to stop selling it," said the health chain in a statement.

Frankel’s cocktail line is comprised of low-fat, pre-mixed drinks that the reality star touts as full of “natural flavors.” And the website says “no preservatives,” but a rep from Skinnygirl told TMZ, “Skinnygirl Margarita contains very low levels of sodium benzoate (a preservative) so it can stay on the shelves.”

"We understand their [Whole Foods] position and we respect that," the Skinnygirl rep told TMZ.

As for Frankel, she tells Access Hollywood, “I’m not making wheatgrass here. If I could put an agave plant and some limes on a shelf I would. [The Skinnygirl Margarita] is as close to nature as possible, while still being a shelf-stable product. … We were bound to piss someone off and everyone loves to try to tear down a success. This is a non-event. I haven’t lost even a wink of sleep.”

Oh Silver Fox, you did it again!

In case you missed it, JC Penney pulled it’s controversial ‘I’m too pretty to do homework' T-shirt this week, after the Twitterverse and parents everywhere FLIPPED when the shirt went up for sale online.

I know. I know! Whoever approved this bonehead move needs to be fired. Or get a stern talking to on how NOT to incur he wrath of Mommy bloggers. Mama bears will cut you down.

Statement from JC Penney

"We agree that the "Too Pretty" T-shit does not deliver an appropriate message. We have discontinued it’s sale. We would like to apologize to our customers."

Check them out on the Ridiculist below. Oh Anderson… you’re amazing.

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Well, this is certainly more refreshing than Maggie Goes On A Diet…

Blogger, controversy stirrer, sometimes actor, and Lady Gaga bestie Perez Hilton has written a book for kids about tolerance.

I know, right? But I LOVE it!

The Boy With Pink Hair is a story about a boy born with pretty pink hair, who learns to embrace what makes him, well HIM. The book celebrates individuality, tolerance & self-acceptance.

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I give all of those things mega high kicks and enthused fist pumps.

Says Perez:

“I am absolutely elated about this book, which comes from a very dear and genuine place within me. While I can identify in many ways with The Boy With Pink Hair, he represents so much more. This story is about every kid that’s ever had a dream, felt excluded, wanted to belong, and hoped that one day they could do what they loved and make a difference. Today, with this book, that’s exactly what I feel I have the opportunity to do. I hope everyone can share in the spirit of a boy that only wants to bring some happiness to the world around him.”

Not only do I think this is an IMPORTANT book for kids, but I’m kinda proud of Perez too. I am a fan of his blog, but at times it was hard to read (if you remember the old sperm squiggles, you might agree). In the last few years however, there’s been a change in Perez & his site, and this book highlights a ‘coming full circle’ moment that I’ve witnessed from afar. THAT’s inspiring in and of itself. And bad ass. (Plus, he’s looking GREAT, don’t ya think? Looking good BB!)

Well done on this book! You can pick up your copy (or a copy for your favorite kidlets) on Amazon now.

Psst - I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Fit Perez for fitness/celebrity news. It’s awesome fit candy & fun information. Would love to send them some of my body-love posts… I should really turn those into videos I think. :)

Exerpt from Huffington Post

Turns out there are parents in the news who do the right thing. Jennifer and John of Ohio have a transgender 10-year-old child, and they support Jackie’s decision to live life as a girl.

Since she was 18-months-old, “it was always dancing, dress-up, ” says her mother Jennifer. Jackie loved the color pink and wearing ballerina outfits. She wanted sparkles and pretty shoes.

So when Jackie was about two-years-old, Jennifer started looking on the Internet, she tells “Good Morning America.” That’s when she first learned about transgender and started to wonder.

Jackie’s sister, Sagan, was the first to ask if she really wanted to be a girl. “Yeah,” she told her sister.

And when Jackie was just ten years old, she went to her mom, crying. “I’m a girl and I can’t do this anymore,” Jackie said. Without hesitation, Jennifer said, “It’s gonna be okay.” There was no judgment or disappointment.

Jackie’s family abandoned the pronoun “he.” At first, they only let her wear girls clothing at home, but eventually allowed her to live as a girl full-time, at school and elsewhere. When asked, Jackie’s father John says he has two daughters.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/transgender-10-year-old-j_n_943654.html?1314818561

Years of addiction, eating disorders & alcohol abuse take its toll on the body. So, despite her young age, it’s likely Amy’s little body was much, much older than she.

Very, very sad. While many assumed she’d died of an overdose, it would appear that was not the case. But don’t assume that drugs did not play a role: while the cause of death is still to be determined, it’s possible that years of abuse likely lead to kidney & liver problems, internal illness & complications. Who knows…

If you’re suffering from addiction, eating disorders, or any other problems that you KNOW are interfering with your health, please don’t give up. Seek out resources, online communities & positive people who can help you stay on track. Even if you’re not ready to flip the ‘switch’, so to speak, surrounding yourself with these resources can give you the push/support you need.

Resources for Addiction (see more here)

Addiction Treatment Forum:
An educational site focusing on addiction issues, especially opiate addiction and treatment.
American Council on Alcoholism :
Dedicated to educating the public about the effects of alcohol, alcoholism and treatment.
Do It Now Foundation
Publisher of prevention literature
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA):
Information on the cost of substance abuse throughout society and its impact on our lives.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD):
Provides education, information, help and hope in the fight against substance abuse.
Pharmacy Technician:
Pharmacy Library: Alcohol Addiction and Alcoholism Facts

Recovery Connection:
A website and that helps people locate addiction treatment centers and drug rehabilitation programs.

StrugglingTeens.com:
Woodbury Reports presents resources for parents and professionals trying to help at-risk teenagers.
Teen Drug Abuse:
Educational site about why teens begin using, what they are using, and how those drugs are affecting teens physically, socially, and mentally.
Web of Addictions:
Provides accurate information about alcohol and other drug addictions. Resource for anyone needing factual information about abused drugs.

Excerpt from CNN.com

(CNN) — Toxicology tests have found that “no illegal substances” were in singer Amy Winehouse’s system at the time of her death last month, her family said Tuesday.

"Results indicate that alcohol was present but it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death," the family said in a written statement, citing test results provided to them by authorities.

The 27-year-old singer, beloved for her talent but infamous for erratic public behavior, arrests and drug problems, was found dead at her apartment in London on July 23.

Winehouse’s soulful, throaty vocals brought the British musician stardom in 2007, but her troubled off-stage life — chronicled in her top 10 hit “Rehab” — won her notoriety. Her death came less than two months after her latest release from a rehabilitation program and weeks after she was booed offstage by disappointed fans in Serbia.

"Rehab," in which she sang "They tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no, no," helped form the public’s view of Winehouse. But she told CNN in a 2007 interview, "I don’t care enough about what people think of me to conform to anything."

The London-born singer-songwriter became a picture of a tattooed teenage rebel after she was expelled from a prestigious performing arts school. Her first album, “Frank,” debuted in 2003, when she was 19.

International success came with her 2007 album “Back to Black.” She dominated the 2008 Grammys, winning five awards that night and delivering, via satellite from London, a strong performance of “Rehab.”

Winehouse’s volatile marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil took a toll on the singer’s career. The couple divorced in 2009 after a stormy two years filled by drug addiction and arrests.

Myth: Weight determines health. The smaller/closer to average you are, the better off you are health wise. Being overweight makes you unhealthy.

Sometimes, weight discrimination gets masked as a desire to see someone be healthier. I’ve been guilty of this in the past, thinking that someone NEEDS to lose weight for their own good (caring about their health & not their looks ). Conventional wisdom, and research, has proven time and time again that obesity carries greater risks for some pretty serious conditions, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. So, of course, it’s easy to draw the conclusion that extra weight is a health issue, and a problem that must be solved immediately.

Not so. At least not for everyone.

While studies DO show that being overweight or obese can POSSIBLY heighten your risks for certain diseases, and affect quality of life, that’s not set in stone. Just as being thin doesn’t make you healthy, being overweight doesn’t necessarily make you unhealthy.

Some people who are overweight & obese are healthy and otherwise just fine. Silly societal pressure aside, they don’t have any medical reason to lose weight. Although the group has an overall higher risk for some diseases, illnesses and health problems, there’s a great degree of variance amongst it’s members. So while some may be very unhealthy, and could significantly improve their health with habit changes, some are just fine (and healthier than their thinner counterpart).

So…

If you’re overweight or obese, check in with a doctor often to see how you’re doing. You ARE in a high risk group, but that doesn’t mean that YOU are unhealthy. That’s between you and your doctor.

If you have noticed a decline in health, mobility or energy or have a verified medical issue due to weight, talk to your doctor about how to start taking steps to prevent further illness. Weightloss through proper diet & exercise might be your best bet to stave off future illness and live a fuller life. 

If you have a family member who’s larger, and seems otherwise healthy, back off. Pressure to lose weight from friends and family can ruin relationships and hinder results. Support from friends & family is great, but pressure? Not so much. And saying ‘oh, that’s a good choice’ whenever you catch them with a salad? Annoying. Ask to join them on walks, tell them they look great, don’t be a jerk.

If you’ve been spouting some ‘holier-than-thou-YOU-need-to-get-healthy’ judgments on your friends, family or even behind the backs of strangers? Knock it off. You don’t know if they are or not. And you sound like a bit of an ass, and people don’t like asses. Live your life, let people live theirs. If they want your advice or help, they WILL ask for it.

This is really important for more people to understand, since health is an area many in the fitness community feel strongly about. Many fitness professionals (and enthusiasts) forget that health is about more than just your B.M.I (even those who know that B.M.I is not an indicator of health at all).

So if you find yourself judging people for their size and think it’s a matter of health? Check yourself… you might have a case of the judgies. Judging someone based on size is not only ineffective in terms of encouragement; it’s just mean. Focus on yourself. :)

Read more on CNN.com

TED TALKS: Ann Cooper

Just in time for back-to-school…

Speaking at the 2007 EG conference, “renegade lunch lady” Ann Cooper talks about the coming revolution in the way kids eat at school — local, sustainable, seasonal and even educational food.

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