Tag Archives: obesity

North Dakota Woman not giving obese kids Halloween candy…does she mean well or is she just mean?

Halloween wreath
A North Dakota woman has decided not to give obese children candy instead she will give them a letter telling their parents that the kid is too fat to be out asking for free candy. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.


Is Rebel Wilson’s depiction of fat women empowering or embarrassing?

Rebel Wilson has a new ABC show, Super Fun Night. She appeared this morning on Kelly and Michael’s show and the clip they showed simply was not funny. She and a slender friend of her’s were singing in a bar and the friend climbed on top of the piano and Wilson was shown doing the same and the clip ended. So did the piano collapse under her weight? That’s funny? The promotional clips have shown her bursting out of her clothing. My question is do you find this kind of humor funny? Does this empower obese women or is this simply another opportunity to make fun of fat people? Share your thoughts.


Jacob’s ABC’s of Exercise by Bulsby Duncan helps you Get Moving

jacob's abc of exercise
While out today I visited a local bookstore and I saw this book being featured along with the author and illustrator. I talked with him a few minutes about the concept and I decided to share the information with the Ebony Mom Politics audience. I have also copied some detailed information about the book from Amazon. Read over it and you decide if this approach to fitness is the right one for your children. FROM AMAZON:
Bulsby Duncan utilizes a unique style of teaching children different elements of fitness through his book “Jacob’s ABC’s of Exercise”. This book introduces healthy activity unifying each letter of the alphabet and exercise, and is intended to reinforce the importance of being active at an early age. “Jacob’s ABC’s of Exercise” focuses on the various components of exercise such as: aerobic, abdominal, balance, flexibility, strengthening, and stretching. This book is also geared to assisting in the development of self-esteem, building character, and increasing knowledge of exercise in children to help in the fight against early childhood obesity. Parents and teachers will love how this book allows them to interact with the kids to help them learn ideal ways to be and stay fit. According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), one in every three children is obese and weight-related diseases are a result of their lack of activity. To join national movement to reduce childhood obesity, Mr. Duncan created Alphafit. Alphafit promotes healthy lifestyles during early childhood development by stressing the importance of being active. Mr. Duncan knows that children are our future and wants to start with ACTIVITY as a way to head them in the right direction. Grab a towel and some water and get ready to exercise with Jacob!!
for more information visit: http://www.createspace.com/3668643

Does America have an obesity problem or a self-control problem?

This morning on The View the ladies were discussing America’s obesity problem. This is in light of Coke’s efforts to address the issue. Sherri Sheppard talked about how she was addicted to Diet coke until she learned the side effects of aspertane. Whoopi Goldberg took exception to Sheppard who seemed to be saying Diet coke was actually bad for everyone, and Goldberg countered by saying shouldn’t it be her choice. She also said why should she be responsible for bad choices made by Sheppard, but this seems to be the direction that we are going. We had New York Mayor Bloomberg limit the amount of soda that can be sold by places like gas stations, Bloomberg also instructed the hospitals to lock up baby formula in the city’s efforts to get more mothers to breastfeed. This was a decision formerly left up to the mother, but back to obesity. So if we outlaw all sugary foods will everyone be slim? What happened to self-control? Share your thoughts.

Massachussets Doctor Refuses to treat patient because she is too fat?

Is it ok for a doctor to turn a patient away because that patient is obese? A Massachusetts doctor has a policy of not treating any patient over 200 pounds. This is legal, but is it right? Look around you and you will see that this is an obese nation. What would happen if more doctors adopted this policy? Would the obese become slim or would they simply not seek medical attention. Watch the link and share your thoughts.


Nike Commerical “Greatness Ad”…what do you think?

Is this inspirational or exploitive? Share your thoughts.

David Letterman mocks Gov. Christie’s size…fair or foul?

Is it fair to take potshots at Chris Christie regarding his Size? check out David Letterman’s clip on the link and share your thoughts.


New York wants to ban Supersize Drinks…is this going too far?

Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban all sugary drinks that are over 16 oz. This is done as a way to help combat obesity, but is this fair? Don’t people have a right to choose even if some find thoses choices objectionable? Tell me what you think.


Outdoorafro.com has a mission: get African Americans off the couch and into the Great Outdoors

“Some see Rue Mapp as a 21st century John Muir of the African American community. A vocal outdoor enthusiast whose ideas are frequently sought by the White House, Mapp understands how nature can nurture not only our physical, but emotional well being.

An Oakland, Calif.-based mother of three, Mapp also knows that families that engage in healthy outdoor activities like hiking, biking, swimming and camping can strengthen their relationships, while combating diabetes and other health problems that result from sedentary lifestyles dominated by computers and other electronic devices. Everyone talks about the healthcare crisis facing this country, a crisis that is particularly acute in the African American community. But engagement in the Great Outdoors is something anyone can right now to improve their physical and emotional health. They just have to get off the couch and do it.”

Unfortunately, black Americans are perceived to have little connection with the Great Outdoors. “How often do you see black people hiking in Yosemite, or sitting around a campfire in a family campground? Not enough.”But Mapp is working to change that. Through her website, OutdoorAfro.com, Mapp is starting a movement to get black America into the Great Outdoors. She’s doing this by networking African Africans who already have an interest in hiking or biking or camping or other activities with other African Americans with similar interests.

The idea, she said, is to encourage African Americans to network with each other and become more involved with outdoors. OutdoorAfro.com is not only a forum to discuss the need for outdoor engagement, but a planning tool for organizing outings. “It’s as if she’s creating a black Sierra Club, said Danielle Lee, a colleague of Mapp who has watched Outdoor Afro grow from an obscure website to one that is frequently accessed by people across the country.

Mapp has also partnered with the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds and Camp-California.com, which is helping her publicize her efforts in California and across the country.

But between running OutdoorAfro.com and making trips to Washington D.C. to provide input on initiatives ranging from Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign to providing ideas to the Department of Interior on ways to engage African American families in outdoor recreation, Mapp realizes she needs more soldiers to fight alongside her.

“I can’t do all of this myself, she said. So Mapp has taken the next logical step: She has recruited a dozen people like her who share her passion for the outdoors. But these folks are not just advocates. They will also organize outdoor activities across the country, from day hikes to overnight camping trips.“Nothing like this has ever been done before by the black community, at least
nothing on this scale,” Mapp said. Her “team leaders” will initially organize trips on a quarterly basis. But the effort could grow beyond that. I am blessed to have found a group of like-minded people who can help me literally move African Americans into the outdoors in greater numbers.”

Outdoor Afro’s regional team leaders include:

Karen Bayard, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based college professor and community health educator.

Beky Branagan, an Outdoor Skills Facilitator who teaches Girl Scout Leaders about camping. Based in Arizona, she has an M.S. in Recreation Administration and served as a medic in the US Army Reserve.

Sherrita Cole, an Oakland, Calif. Resident mom of a toddler, property manager, and hair care blogger.

Melissa Danielle, a New York City resident who promotes healthy lifestyles and wellness through her work as director of Central Brooklyn Wellness.

Nkrumah Frazier, a biology research technician at the University of Southern Mississippi and Hattiesburg Green Living Examiner who is focused on the latest science and environmental research.?

Karla Frye, a Jefferson City, Mo. resident who works as manager of urban initiatives for Missouri State Parks. Frye has previously worked as a journalist, a research analyst, public relations consultant and university professor.

Danielle Lee, a St. Louis, Mo. scientist and blogger specializing in mammalogy, ecology and animal behavior.?

Zoe Polk, a San Francisco, Calif. resident and human rights attorney.

Alisha Pye, a Los Angeles, Calif.-based Pilates instructor.

Cliff Sorrell, a Bay Area based landscape architect, assistant Scout Master and Cub Scout leader.

Viva Yeboah, resides in Chicago, and has recently embraced outdoor connections through her participation with Girl Trek.?

Charles Yellowday, a Bronx, N.Y.-based social services professional.

All 12 regional leaders will be organizing day hikes, camping trips, bicycle rides and other activities on a quarterly basis in the Oakland / San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York City, Jefferson City, Mo.; and Atlanta areas.”

For more information on OutdoorAfro.com as well as camping opportunities in California and across the country, please visit http://www.Camp-California.com and http://www.GoCampingAmerica.com

HBO Documentary-The Weight of a Nation, starts May 14th

America is getting fatter everyday. What are we thinking? what are we willing to do to change it? Why is it happening? This 4 part documentary will explore obesity.