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A pair of bloomers that apparently belonged to Queen Victoria are to be auctioned off in Derby.
The knickers have a 50in (127cm) waist and date from the 1890s, which indicates the monarch had a large girth as she approached her 70s. Hanson's Auctioneers are selling the bloomers on 30 July and expect them to fetch at least £500. The knickers, which come from a family in Lincolnshire, were owned by a lady-in-waiting to the Queen.
Auctioneer Charles Hanson said: "These pants, considering their provenance and pedigree, are very exciting. "They are monogrammed (with VR for Victoria Regina) and crested and we know that they are hers." Mr Hanson said the bloomers are an interesting piece of social history that indicate Queen Victoria was "a very big lady of quite small stature with a very wide girth".
Queen Victoria lived from 1819 until 1901 and was the UK's longest-reigning monarch. The knickers are made from a fine cotton and are hand-made.
(BBC News)A pair of bloomers that apparently belonged to Queen Victoria are to be auctioned off... more
We are getting fatter but we think we are thinner, and the trend could have serious implications for the obesity epidemic, a study has found.
Growing obesity in the population has increased what is perceived as "normal" weight, which is leading to large numbers of people underestimating how fat they really are. As a result, more people are failing to recognise they are overweight, despite an increase in the prevalence of obesity in the population.
However, thin women who are prone to feeling they are overweight have benefited from the change. The findings show they are less likely to perceive themselves as fat than in the past.
Professor Jane Wardle, of the Health Behaviour Research Centre at University College London, said: "Recognising you are overweight is the first step to doing something about it. Those who do not see themselves as carrying excess pounds will not be motivated to act."
Are we all wearing thin-tinted glasses? What do you consider a normal size or weight?
We are getting fatter but we think we are thinner, and the trend could have serious... more
Thursday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch the show here on Current TV on Tues, Thurs & Sats.
In today's show :
To tip, or not to tip ?
What if the car doesn't stop ?
A very busy Bingay, and a quiet one.
In an ark.
Anticipate those errors.
A weightwatchers product.
Anyone in the restaurant industry listening or watching ?
How much does a waiter earn in the States ?
Strange occurrences on planes.
Anyone see the tennis ?
In the fridge.
Get off the phone if you are driving.
A list of rules & regulations.
It's all on "LIVE 365".
Can we refuse to pay the whole bill ?
Two Chris Reardon's.
Great help from Brian in Canada for my nephew.Thank you Brian.
Do we need to be more sensible ?
Cucumbers & lettuce leaves.
Who's at the door ?
An email from Facebook.
WWW.UNITEDKINGDOMTALK.CO.UKThursday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch the show here on... more
Nutritionists are reporting that new product Slimmer's Chocolate can help people lose weight, without actually going on a dreaded diet.
Clinical trials have shown that the chocolate - which contains artichoke, guarana, green tea and an emulsifier called lecithin - can help with weight loss, without any change to your lifestyle.
Nutritionist Henrietta Norton explains, "You can't take Slimmer's Chocolate and continue to eat four bags of crisps - you would not potentially lose weight by doing it that way. [But] if you had a healthy diet in the first place - and you were to take the Slimmer's Chocolate on top of that - then yes, I think you would see a reduction in weight even though you haven't necessarily changed your lifestyle."
Now, I happen to have tried this chocolate (although I sent most of it to a colleague to review, as I couldn't be trusted not to eat it all immediately) and it's actually pretty great tasting, though I can't vouch for its weight loss potential... And I wouldn't want to deal with it's post-weight-loss effects (i.e. putting on double what you've lost) either.
But is it all just a gimmick?
Surely regular exercise and a balanced diet (blah blah) are the key to a healthy weight? Can some magic chocolate be a legitimate part of that?
Nutritionists are reporting that new product Slimmer's Chocolate can help people... more
"A Virginia man lost about 80 pounds in six months by eating nearly every meal at McDonald's. Not Big Macs, french fries and chocolate shakes. Mostly salads, wraps and apple dippers without the caramel sauce.Chris Coleson tipped the scales at 278 pounds in December. The 5-foot-8 Coleson now weighs 199 pounds and his waist size has dropped from 50 to 36."
"A Virginia man lost about 80 pounds in six months by eating nearly every meal at... more
Using will power to control weight is like trying to hold your breath, he says. You can do it for a while, but then the brain takes over and demands you gulp.Using will power to control weight is like trying to hold your breath, he says. You... more
There's nothing new about TV and fashion magazines giving girls unhealthy ideas about how thin they need to be in order to be considered beautiful. What is surprising is the method psychologists at the University of Texas have come up with to keep girls from developing eating disorders. Their main weapon against super skinny (role) models: a brand of civil disobedience dubbed "body activism."
Since 2001, more than 1,000 high school and college students have participated in the Body Project, which works by getting girls to understand how they have been buying into the notion that you have to be thin to be happy or successful. After critiquing the so-called thin ideal by writing essays and role-playing with their peers, participants are directed to come up with and execute small, nonviolent acts. They include slipping notes saying "Love your body the way it is" into dieting books at stores like Borders and writing letters to Mattel, makers of the impossibly proportioned Barbie doll.
According to a study in the latest issue of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, the risk of developing eating disorders was reduced 61% among Body Project participants. And they continued to exhibit positive body-image attitudes as long as three years after completing the program, which consists of four one-hour sessions. Such lasting effects may be due to girls' realizing not only how they were being influenced but also who was benefiting from the societal pressure to be thin. "These people who promote the perfect body really don't care about you at all," says Kelsey Hertel, a high school junior and Body Project veteran in Eugene, Ore. "They purposefully make you feel like less of a person so you'll buy their stuff and they'll make money."
As part of the program, Hertel and a friend posted signs in a school bathroom saying YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. DON'T BE SOMEONE THAT YOU'RE NOT. BE YOURSELF. The girls then watched their classmates react. "They'd see the signs and say things like 'That's encouraging because I always feel so fat and gross and ugly,'" Hertel says. The study's lead author, Eric Stice, designed the Body Project betting that a crucial element in preventing eating disorders lay in getting a participant to critique a fashion ad or other negative influence in front of her peers. "If I write down 10 things bad about it and post it on MySpace so anyone can view it, I'm accountable for it," says Stice, now at the Oregon Research Institute.
Psychologists are excited about his study because there's not a lot of other data measuring the effectiveness of such programs, let alone their long-term impact.
"This is a good start," says Dr. Walter Kaye, a board member of the National Eating Disorders Association. But Kaye cautions that eating disorders are much more complicated than researchers first thought. For starters, the disorders can't be blamed solely on environmental factors. Brain-scan studies show that the neural circuitry that normally responds to the pleasurable, rewarding aspects of eating doesn't seem to work in anorexics.
The Body Project study, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health, recruited participants by distributing flyers outside classrooms and posting them in school bathrooms. Now sororities and other groups are beginning to launch peer-administered versions of the program. But even if one is not available in your community, there are things parents can do to help with body-image issues. Be aware of what signals you might be giving your children when you talk about your own desire to lose weight. Pay attention to the stereotypical body image your kids are watching on TV. And perhaps most important, talk with them about it.
Sanjay Gupta's Fit Nation series airs on House Call on CNN, Saturdays and Sundays, at 8:30 a.m. E.T.
—With reporting by Shahreen AbedinThere's nothing new about TV and fashion magazines giving girls unhealthy ideas... more
Women are more concerned about losing weight than they are about suffering from cancer, heart disease or diabetes, a survey showed. Women are more concerned about losing weight than they are about suffering from... more
No amount of dieting will alter the number of fat-hoarding cells in our bodies, research has suggested.
Scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden say that the number is set during adolescence and stays the same, regardless of obesity later in life.
The journal Nature reports how they tested patients who lost huge amounts of weight, and found little change in fat cell numbers.
A UK expert said eating and exercising remained key for keeping healthy.No amount of dieting will alter the number of fat-hoarding cells in our bodies,... more
How many overweight people do you think there are in the world today? 1.3 billion (that's right, billion with a B)... And how many undernourished people (not ENOUGH food) do you think there are in the world today? Probably MANY more than the 1.3 billion that are overweight, right? Wrong. There are only 700 million people who are undernourished.
There are MORE overweight people in the world than there are people who are hungry. Shocking isn't it.
And here's the most horrific part... This has all happened in the last 50 years. Even countries in the Third World that have been battling starvation and food shortages for centuries are now facing a new problem - obesity.
What's going on here? Why is the world getting so fat? In "The World Is Fat" Barry Popkin argues that there is nothing "natural" about this stage in human evolution. And that there are things happening to our food supply that we HAVE to be aware of.
I'm going to be asking him questions that the big food manufacturers wish I wouldn't... And find out for YOU exactly what we can do together to stop this global widespread epidemic.
Full Show: http://www.karmaair.com/ShowBlog.aspx?episodeid=832How many overweight people do you think there are in the world today? 1.3 billion... more
It only takes a modest weight gain for a woman to experience weight discrimination, but men can gain far more weight before experiencing similar bias, a new study shows.
The notion that society is less tolerant of weight gain in women than men is just one of the findings suggested by a new report from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University, published this month in the International Journal of Obesity.
For the study, researchers documented the prevalence of self-reported weight discrimination and compared it to experiences of discrimination based on race and gender among a nationally representative sample of adults ages 25 to 74. The data was obtained from the National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States.
Overall, the study showed that weight discrimination, particularly against women, is as common as racial discrimination. But the researchers also identified the amount of weight gain that triggers a discriminatory backlash. They found that women appear to be at risk for discrimination at far lower weights, relative to their body size, than men.It only takes a modest weight gain for a woman to experience weight discrimination,... more
Fueled by the rise in fast food and soft drinks, Mexico has become the #2 fattest country after the U.S. It could surpass the U.S., if the trend continues, in 10 years.
The latest national survey shows that over 71 percent of Mexican women and 66 percent of Mexican men are overweight. Further, Diabetes is now the leading cause of death in Mexico.
It's not just adults, kids too. A quarter of Mexican children, ages 5 to 11, are too heavy.
Yikes! It's spreading from the U.S. to the world. Fueled by the rise in fast food and soft drinks, Mexico has become the #2 fattest... more
A study, completed at the University of Texas at Austin by Robert Crosnoe, found that obese girls are 50 percent less likely to attend college than non-obese girls. Cronoe also says that obese girls are especially less likely to attend college when they attended high schools where obesity was uncommon.
There was also a study released at the Economics of Population Health in 2008 that made the claim of a college education impacting the college students life in ways such as reducing obesity, reducing smoking and increasing income.
Could obesity be more than just a health problem?
A study, completed at the University of Texas at Austin by Robert Crosnoe, found that... more
This movie by Yael Luttwack came out last year and was featured in Tribeca but I just caught it last night during a BBC News show and was so impressed to know that there are people like her bridging the gap between Arabs and Jews in a peaceful, educational, and heart-warming way. This work, although idealistic in a broader sense, is tangible and effective in the grassroots and I wish there were more of this. Please google the movie "A Slim Peace."
"Body language says it all at the first meeting of a diet support group composed of highly educated Palestinians, secular and religious Jews, and Bedouins: the discomfort is tangible as women who would never even look at each other are forced to confront their fears of the other. Getting settlers to sit down with Ramallah residents was Luttwak's biggest challenge, but over the course of six sessions, the women not only lose weight but bridge their ingrained mistrust, highlighting just how geopolitics artificially narrows perspectives and sows seeds of hatred. Though the outcome one year later is less than hoped for, the applications are huge." (Variety, June 4, 2007)
(Yael Luttwack talks about her documentary film "A Slim Peace")This movie by Yael Luttwack came out last year and was featured in Tribeca but I just... more
The rule from the city board of health would only apply to restaurants with 15 or more locations around the country (so essentially only the nationwide chains, both fast food and sit down), and only in their New York City locations.
The article quotes Justin Wilson of the Center for Consumer Freedom attacking the plan, saying "It doesn't take a Ph.D. in nutrition, let alone a high school diploma, to tell the difference between a 12-piece bucket of chicken and a salad." The sad thing is that often times that salad isn't much better than the bucket of chicken or the big mac. With lots of cheese, maybe some fried chicken or boiled egg, plus the dressing...the salad can often end up just as bad if not worse than the food you know is bad for you. And that's exactly the problem. People trying to be healthy by eating a salad aren't being healthy, and they should know that. With restaurant food, it's not about common sense or an education - something you think should be healthy often isn't, which is the whole point of the regulation.
I think it's a great move, and in fact I think it should go further - sodium should be listed, as it is a huge influence in disease and heart problems in this country, and it should be at all restaurants - if the corner bistro had to list nutrition information, they might be inspired to find new, healthier ways to make the old standbys taste just as good.The rule from the city board of health would only apply to restaurants with 15 or more... more
According to BMI (Body Mass Index) categorisation, this triathlete, Jessica, is overweight.
The Flickr group in this link catalogues pictures of random people with their BMI category (underweight, normal, obese etc) next to them and makes for interesting viewing. Not only because some members of the public are just plain weird, but because the BMI categories are obviously a little too limiting in their definitions.
The extreme ends of the scale aren't too surprising but there are some questionable results in there. According to BMI (Body Mass Index) categorisation, this triathlete, Jessica, is... more
A really interesting set of photos and corresponding BMI information. Click to view as a slide show and enable information.
I've never believed that the BMI was an accurate measurement of health, and this photo set gives a pretty compelling visual argument to support that, at least in my opinion. A really interesting set of photos and corresponding BMI information. Click to view as... more