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A Parent is Responsible for More Than Their Own Health

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

This premise may seem logical and reasonable.  The day anyone decides to have a child they give up the right to be a1546120 com 284pxobesi A Parent is Responsible for More Than Their Own Health bad example.   As a matter of fact, my opinion is that the day you start down the road to parenthood you relinquish all rights to selfishness and generally bad behavior.  This includes how you take care of yourself.  

The axiom of “Do as I say, not as I do”, never works.  If you smoke cigarettes, there is a greater chance that you will raise a smoker.  If you drink to excess, do not be surprised if your child develops problems with alcohol as well.  Finally, if you fail to pay attention to your health, weight and nutrition you will probably have children that follow in your footsteps.  Our responsibilities in this area are not limited to the days following the birth of our children, however. 

A recent study determined that exposing human embryos to high levels of saturated fat can actually harm the development of a child in utero.  The study went on to suggest that women should strive to achieve a healthy weight prior to having children.  The study focused on embryos from cattle but the implications from the study appeared to translate to human eggs as well.  Eggs exposed to high levels of fatty acids had fewer cells, altered genes and altered metabolic activity.  The scientists also believed the study provided some insight as to why obese women may have trouble conceiving in the first place.  

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Obese and overweight women have a tendency to metabolize more of the fat they store.  The fatty acids that are subsequently stored in the ovaries have been shown to be toxic to eggs.  Therefore, just like drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes during pregnancy can have serious health implications to an unborn child, being severely overweight and failing to eat properly can likewise produce adverse effects.  

A child doesn’t get a vote on who their parents will be.  They don’t get to choose the body in which they are conceived.  Therefore, the responsibility falls on the parent to do right by their children and make good choices, not only for their own health, but for the health of their children now and into the future.


“Sorry, Ma’am…but you are too obese to be Served!”

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

In a recent post I noted the adverse affects of obesity on pregnant women.  It turns out that there is much more to be worried about.  Obesity is beginning to affect a persons ability to get basic services.  There have been two articles Sorry, Maam...but you are too obese to be Served! in the last day that exemplify this assertion. 

In South Florida, OB-GYN doctors have begun to refuse service to pregnant obese women.  The doctors claim a very practical reason for their refusal.  Since there are so many complications associated with obese pregnancies, there is significant concern that the pregnancy will go bad and the mother, the child or both will suffer injury.  Since we are such a litigious society the assumption is that when the inevitable occurs that the doctor will be sued.  In order to minimize this potential, a large number of these doctors have refused to take on obese women as patients.  Until some form of torte reform occurs (or the obesity rate drastically decreases) I only see this trend expanding. 

 Sorry, Maam...but you are too obese to be Served!The second article told a story that has become all to common in the news.  Two obese women purchased tickets to fly on a national airlines.  When it was determined that neither of them could fit into one seat, the were told they each needed to pay for an additional seat.  One of the women admitted to weighing 268 pounds.  

I have stated on several occasions in the past that obesity has become the norm.  An addiction to food is no longer to be considered a “problem”.  Instead, we have plus sized models, plus sized stores, and the expectation that there will be plus-sized airplane seats.  This simply cannot happen.  I believe that there maybe a benefit to these incidents as it may force obese people to reconsider their circumstances.  I truly do not mean that in a “mean” way.  I have great concern for people with significant weight issues.  I look at them as I would look at any other type of addict.  I am also concerned with the future of our country since we continue to be the fattest nation on the planet.  If our current trend persists where will our soldiers, firemen and policement come from?

The cost of being obese is expanding beyond the grocery bill.  It will continue to affect peoples abilities to obtain basic services that, at this time, we take for granted. 

If you suffer from obesity then we may be able to help you.  You can contact us either through our web-site at, or by calling toll free 1-866-982-DIET (3438).

Pregnancy and…weight loss?

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

As many of you maybe aware my wife Tamara struggled with obesity for much of her life.  As a matter of fact, when I first met her she had just completed a regimented diet plan helping her to lose a significant amount of weight.pregnant 2is Pregnancy and...weight loss?  Tamara was able to control her weight issues through limiting her diet for some time until she got pregnant with our daughter.  As a result of this pregnancy and the subsequent pregnancy with my son, Tamara developed health issues that caused her to gain 65 pounds over the course of the next 10 years.  One of the things I remembered from both of the pregnancies is that the doctor was never concerned about Tamara gaining too much weight; rather, he  was concerned with her gaining enough. 

According to a article many doctors follow the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine in regards to pregnancy and weight gain.  According to this advisory panel, obese women should still gain 11 to 20 pounds during their pregnancy.  This recommendation is less than the 25 to 35 pounds recommended for women considered to be of normal weight at the beginning of their pregnancy. 

New research may indicate that weight gain recommendations for pregnant women are all wrong…or, at the very least, may need to be modified.  The associated study suggests that women with a BMI of 40 or higher could actually benefit from losing weight during pregnancy

Some of the benefits to obese women losing weight or maintaining their weight during pregnancy include:

  • Reduced potential for C-section deliveries
  • Reduced potential for delivering large newborns

The recommendations of the study presume that the expectant mother is eating a balanced diet that gives her the nutrients she needs to maintain a healthy baby and a healthy mother.  A daily nutritious 229 breastfeeding Pregnancy and...weight loss?protein based shake may help in this effort.  Another recent study has found that 54% of obese mothers are less likely to breast-feed their children.  Considering all of the health benefits associated with breast-feeding, this statistic should be of significant concern.

Both of these studies should cause both expectent obese mothers and their doctors to re-examine old paradigms.  If you would like to discuss this topic with us further or you would like to find out more about Isagenix nutritional products you can visit or call Tamara toll free at 1-866-982-DIET (3438).