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This Man Is Convinced His Wife Is Secretly Drugging Him With Thyroid Medication to Make Him Lose Weight
One man on Reddit is convinced that his wife is trying to get him to lose weight by secretly feeding him medication. A user made a post subreddit r/relationship_advice on Thursday explaining a series of events that have led him to believe his wife might be mixing pills for hypothyroidism into his food without his consent to get him to lose weight.
“I am fat. Always have been. My spouse has been mentioning it more and more in the last few years,” the original poster (or OP in Reddit lingo) explained. Despite trying the keto diet, intermittent fasting, and exercise, he says that he “hasn’t made much progress” changing his current weight of 245 lbs at 6’ tall.
He revealed that after a recent fight, his wife insisted that he “do something drastic” about his weight and claimed he might have an issue with his thyroid. For reference, hypothyroidism, a disease where the thyroid does not produce enough of the thyroid hormone, can cause weight gain. The OP explained that after seeing how the disease affects other people, he believes that his weight is not a result of hypothyroidism.
The couple agreed that the OP would start on a vegan diet in an attempt to lose weight. The wife explained that the vegan diet has “side effects” that might include headaches, insomnia, diarrhea, joint and muscle pain, and potentially a fever.
The OP said that within the first five hours of starting his new vegan diet, he experienced almost all of the symptoms listed. While the vegan diet does have its own potential side effects, the primary side effects would include weight fluctuations, changes in complexion and energy levels—and most don’t start within the first day of changing a diet.
“This does not sound like side effects from a vegan diet,” Keri Gans, RDN, in New York, tells Health. “However, if someone was changing their diet drastically, like eating a lot less calories than they’re used to, they may get a headache. If they’re significantly changing their fiber intake, they may experience digestive problems, like diarrhea. But none of these would likely happen within the first five hours. It sounds like there’s something else going on here.”
The OP went on to explain that while on a recent trip to the pantry for a late night snack, he found a bottle of Euthyrox pills in the pantry—with exactly five missing. Euthyrox is a medication used to treat hypothyroidism and its FDA label specifically states that it should not be taken to lose weight. Some of the side effects of the drug include muscle spasm, headache, nervousness, irritability, insomnia, tremors, muscle weakness, increased appetite, weight loss, diarrhea, and heat intolerance.
The OP explained that he found it suspicious that on his fifth day of the vegan diet, he had experienced all of these symptoms, and there were exactly five of the pills missing. He said that he tried asking her if she knew anything about the pills, but she denied it.
“My head is currently swirling with suspicion,” he wrote. “For example, everyday in the morning she insists on making me drink this disgusting green slop. I tried it on the first day and it was so terrible I wanted to gag.”
“Everyday since she has been INSISTING that I drink it, despite my protests,” he continued. “She doesn’t mind if I don’t eat other things, or if I skip the dinner she makes (I’ve also lost a lot of my appetite in the last few days...), but she riots if I don’t finish the green juice. She says it’s important for my vitamin balance so I don’t get deficiencies.”
To add to his suspicions, he said that the other couple who shares their communal kitchen didn’t know anything about the pills and that his wife is a nephrologist—a doctor who specializes in kidney disorders—so he believes she would be able to come across a prescription easily.
Commenters weighed in on his situation, most of whom told him that his situation sounded just as shady as he suspected.
“You’re getting drugged,” one user responded. “Thyroxine (thyroid hormone) shouldn’t be taken if not needed. Have you had a thyroid function blood test?”
Other users offered similar opinions, prompting the OP to edit his original message with a final question.
“Well this sucks,” he wrote. “Is it really that important to her that she’s willing to drug me over it?”
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In my mind, the words "quick fix" in relation to weight loss automatically signal that whatever method is being touted is completely bogus. So when I heard about Emsculpt, I pretty much wrote it off right away. That all changed, though, when I started speaking to medical professionals about the technology for this article.
Emsculpt is an FDA-approved, non-invasive, electromagnetic procedure that claims to eliminate fat cells and tighten muscles in your abs and butt. All you have to do is lie down at your dermatologist's office, get hooked up to a machine, and sit back and relax as it emits electromagnetic pulses that strengthen your muscle fibers and burn unwanted fat. Sounds too good to be true, right?
That's what I was expecting to hear from Rachel Nazarian, MD, a New York–based dermatologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD), when I interviewed her about the procedure. But to my surprise, she called Emsculpt an "advancement for the body contouring world" and had no doubt that it can effectively slim someone's stomach or round their rear end.
Emsculpt simultaneously builds muscle and burns fat, according to information provided by the company. It does so by emitting electromagnetic pulses that force your muscles to contract about 20,000 times in just 30 minutes (way faster than you could make them contract on your own), and in turn strengthens your muscle fibers. The rapid contractions also cause your muscles to release chemicals that tell fat cells in the area to break down.
Emsculpt recommends that users do four 30-minute sessions over a two-week period for optimal results. Interestingly, though, the company says best results aren't seen until 3 months post-treatment. It also says you'll see continued improvement up until the 6-month mark.
A company-sponsored study of 33 Emsculpt patients found there was an average 19% reduction in subcutaneous abdominal fat one month after treatment and a 23% reduction three months post-treatment. Another study of 22 patients found an average 15% increase in abdominal muscle thickness two months post-treatment. Yet another study of 19 patients found an average waist reduction of about 1.7 inches three months post-treatment.
One important thing to note, however, is that Emsculpt should not be used as a substitute for exercise. John Jakicic, PhD, chair of the department of health and physical activity at the University of Pittsburgh, tells Health that Emsculpt is "stimulating the muscle to fire, but it's not doing what exercise does for you." He went on to explain, "If I'm doing a squat, I have my glutes and quadriceps firing, I have my calves firing, my low back is working, and it's increasing my heart rate, so I'm stimulating more than just one muscle."
Emsculpt can instead be used as a body contouring method and to help you build the muscle you may need to confidentially start an exercise program (as it did for Drew Barrymore).
If you're thinking about giving Emsculpt a go, the cost of a full treatment ranges from $3,000 to $4,000, depending on the physician.
Oh, and you're probably wondering what it feels like to have electromagnetic pulses sent through your muscles. The company says it feels like "an intensive workout," the only difference being that you can relax while doing it. Sorry, Emsculpt, but that seems totally contradictory.
Lisa DeSantis, Health beauty editor, wrote about her experience with Emsculpt in the December 2018 issue. "I tried it on my stomach, and while it was a little uncomfortable, it was tolerable," she wrote. "The results weren’t instantaneous, but I could feel that my muscles had been putting in work. I was pleasantly surprised with my leaner tummy after about a month."
Emsculpt has definitely challenged my aversion to the words "quick fix." But when it comes down to it, everyone is different, and only you can be the judge of whether this treatment is right for you.
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Countless people swear by the ketogenic diet, saying that they lost weight and got in shape by following this trendy low-carb, high-fat plan. But one mom’s road to keto diet success was totally unplanned—and it all started with an informal challenge by her husband.
In June 2017, Keli Ricci and her husband, Tyler, made a bet to see who could go the longest on a low-carb diet. The mom of two weighed 207 pounds at the time, and her weight made her feel uncomfortable. So she agreed to take on the challenge.
At first, the couple didn't follow any specific diet. They simply cut most carbs from their meals, including starches and sugar. But as anyone who tried ditching carbs knows, it isn't easy. Tyler ended up caving at the two-week point after losing 10 pounds. Keli decided to continue.
"I was happy with my success after losing a few pounds, so I decided to keep going," Keli tells Health. Soon, her general low-carb plan turned into the keto diet. "As I was looking up low-carb recipes and food inspiration, I kept seeing things about the keto diet and started making little changes to get into ketosis."
In ketosis, the body burns fat for fuel instead of stored carbs. Getting your body in a state of ketosis is one of the goals of the keto diet, which stipulates that followers obtain 75% to 90% of their daily calories come from fat, 6% to 20% from protein, and 2% to 5% from carbs.
By May 2018, Keli’s weight plunged from 207 pounds to 125 pounds. Now, a year later, she has maintained her weight by eating mainly cheese, chicken, steak, and vegetables. She tracks her daily food intake on a weight loss app and stays active by working out and playing with her two children.
"I’ve never been at a point in my life where I felt comfortable with my weight, and I’d tried losing it so many times and given up," Keli says. "I can’t really say why it was easier this time, but I guess I just felt ready. Once I heard about the keto diet and started changing from a low-carb to keto diet, I started really enjoying my meals, and I was having a lot of success with weight loss, which motivated me to keep going!"
"Being in ketosis helps calm the big swings in hunger and blood sugar spikes that come with a diet full of sugar," she adds. "I’m satisfied between meals and rarely snack or even feel the need to being in ketosis."
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I have always struggled with being overweight. I would go on and off different diets, or I would lose the weight and then put it right back on. It was always a constant battle. But the moment I realized I needed to change came during a trip to Disneyland with my sister and my fiancé.
At my weight at the time, about 500 pounds, I could barely walk to the park entrance without feeling like I was going to pass out. I couldn’t easily move. I needed a wheelchair to get around, and I was so embarrassed that I couldn’t even walk or enjoy myself at my favorite place in the world.
I knew I wasn’t going to fit on most of the rides, but there was one kid’s ride I thought might work because it didn’t have seatbelts. I entered the line and I actually got stuck in the turnstile going through, before I could even get on the ride. I was mortified—beyond embarrassed. I removed myself from the turnstile and laughed it off, and then I went to the bathroom and bawled my eyes out. In that moment, I knew I needed to do something; I needed to change. I went home, and I started from there.
I first started to change the way I ate by counting calories. I have learned through my journey that I am prone to binge eating, and I use food to cope with my emotions. When something exciting happened, I would immediately want to celebrate with food, and when I felt sad, I sought comfort in food. Now, I journal to deal with different emotions instead of turning to food, but it is still something I am working on.
The next thing I did was walk as much as possible because I realized I had hardly been moving my body at all. I started by walking every night when I got home from work, first for two minutes and then for five. I started doing at-home aerobic walking videos, and I would tell myself I had to do five minutes of activity every single day. That grew to 10 minutes and then 15 minutes, until I was doing the whole workout video.
I started at exactly 510 pounds, and I have lost over 300 pounds by eating healthy and working out. Because I lost so much weight, I have a lot of loose skin, which I started having surgically removed in July 2016. My first surgeries, on my stomach, upper back, and upper arms, were exciting because I couldn’t wait to see the results.
My latest, on my legs, was a different story—my most emotional surgery by far. Since my legs carried most of my weight, they were always the biggest problem for me, not just weight-wise and how heavy and painful they were, but also how I viewed them. I hated the way they looked, so my reason for wanting the surgery so badly came from a negative place, whereas my other surgeries have come from a more positive outlook.
Here’s the problem with my legs: They carry a lot of lactic acid, which causes fluid to get trapped in my loose skin. When the fluid can't circulate, it gets hard and swollen, which can be very painful. To prepare my legs for surgery, I needed liposuction to remove some of the extra fat and fluid.
The extra skin on my legs was especially painful because it was so heavy. My doctors described it as wearing ankle weights around your upper legs all the time. Every time I would lift my leg or step up a stair, the extra skin was adding extra pull and weight to those muscles. My hips and knees were starting to give out.
When the date finally came to have my legs done, I was so nervous because it was a bigger surgery, and there was so much riding on it to go well. How do you walk with huge incisions down both legs? Will this take all my pain away? Will I finally love the way they look? There’s a lot of emotions tied to this.
Recovery has been both slightly better and slightly worse than I was expecting. My pain is worse, but my mobility is better. I have a small wound under my knee where the skin had died and needed to be removed. To help the wound heal faster, I had skin-graft surgery, during which my surgeon took skin from my hip to close the wound.
It was physically and mentally challenging to have a second, unplanned surgery, and while I am still in some discomfort, everything seems to be healing nicely. Recovery typically takes about six weeks for skin removals, although I will have to wait longer to exercise. Overall, I am starting to feel like myself again!
These surgeries can be really emotionally draining. Finding a surgeon that you click with and who really cares about you is key. I found my surgeon through a referral from a friend, and I had this instant feeling of he’s my doctor. I always tell people that while it’s important to do your research and find someone who is qualified and does good work, you also have to be comfortable with them. This is such a big thing to go through, you want to make sure this person has your best interests at heart and won’t just cut you open, take your money, and not care what happens after.
Unfortunately, the best doctors are not always available to everyone. There’s a law in California that states skin removal should be covered by insurance if it will help your overall well-being and appearance. I fall into both of those categories, yet my insurance fought coverage under the guise that the surgeries were cosmetic.
Even if my insurance had offered coverage, there was not a doctor within my provider network that performed the type of surgery I needed, so I was forced to look externally for my surgeon. I have paid for all of my surgeries out of pocket, and I am continuing to fight with my insurance for coverage as my skin removal is a physically and mentally necessary procedure.
I will still need several skin removal surgeries after my legs heal, including a breast lift, the lower part of my arm, a revision on my upper back, and possibly my outer thighs (this recent surgery involved my inner thighs). My surgeon has his patients wait at least three months between surgeries, but typically I’ve gone longer. This is not only so that I can regain my strength, heal, and recover, but also so I can get back into my routine mentally and emotionally. Back-to-back surgeries can be very mentally damaging to people, so recovering emotionally is just as important as recovering physically.
Throughout my weight loss journey, my view of myself really changed. In the beginning, at 500 pounds, I was so ashamed of my body, of how I looked, how much I weighed. I was so self-conscious. Then slowly, I started realizing I'm not losing weight because I hate myself. I'm on this journey because I want to live a healthy life, because I want to get married, because I want to have kids.
I've maintained that perspective. Instead of punishing myself because I have to go to the gym, I go to the gym because I love myself and want to become stronger. I started viewing my body differently and realized that it’s okay to want to make changes to yourself and still love yourself. So often, people think if you’re trying to lose weight or if you have skin removal, you must not love your body. I love myself enough that I want to make these changes because it’s what’s best for me. It’s what’s best for my overall happiness, health, and well-being.
I think the biggest thing I can do in terms of self-love is to acknowledge that it’s okay to be where I am right now and love who I am right now, while working on a better version of myself.
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When clients tell me about their attempts to lose weight, I find that many cherry pick tactics from different diets to create a hodgepodge of strategies that work for them. It’s a savvy way to find a just right approach that generates results and has staying power—a must for keeping lost pounds at bay.
Now, researchers at the Université Laval in Canada believe they have found their own magic combo. Dubbed the “satiating diet” and touted as a hybrid of the Mediterranean and keto diets, it supports weight loss and good health, and doesn’t require extreme measures, proponents say. I looked into it, and here's what I found.
What is the satiating diet?
The foundation of the satiating diet consists of healthful foods that trigger satiety—or feelings of fullness and satisfaction. These include lean proteins, like fish and yogurt; produce and high fiber whole grains; and good fats, from foods like avocados and nuts. The plan also incorporates capsaicin, the substance that gives spicy peppers their heat. That makes sense, as this natural chemical has been shown to curb appetite and rev metabolism.
According to a 2017 study by the Canadian researchers, the satiating diet consists of the following daily: at least four servings each of whole veggies and fruits; 5 servings of high fiber whole grains (with at least 4 g of fiber per portion); lean protein in every meal (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, or tofu); nuts and seeds, avocado, and other healthy plant fats; at least one legume meal per week; and the consumption of hot peppers or red peppers.
Does it help with weight loss?
The results of the aforementioned small study seem to indicate so—at least for obese men. The study of the diet tracked obese men. Thirty four followed the satiating plan, which provided 20–25% of calories from protein, 45-50% from carbs, and 30-35% from fat for 16 weeks. Another 35 obese men followed a standard diet with 10–15% protein, 55-60% carbs, and 30% fat, based on Canada’s national guidelines for healthy eating.
The men on the satiating diet lost significantly more weight and body fat, and they experienced greater feelings of fullness compared to those who followed the standard diet. Even better, the satiating diet eaters stuck with it. Only 8.6% stopped following the diet, compared to 44.1% of standard diet eaters.
Why it's similar to the keto and Mediterranean diets
If you’re thinking that aside from the hot peppers this is pretty much a Mediterranean diet, I agree. In fact, with all the whole grains and fruit, it’s far from the keto diet. These days, any diet that allows for generous portions of fat is labeled keto, when in fact keto also severely limits carbs to about 5% of total daily calories.
A Mediterranean diet typically provides 30-35% fat, so the satiating diet is not above the norm. While the satiating diet slightly tweaks the other two macronutrients, curbing carbs a tad and upping lean protein, it’s still very balanced overall. And the fact that it doesn’t eliminate any entire food group does make it more doable than other extreme approaches.
How to follow the satiating diet
Unfortunately, there is no one website or go-to resource to learn about the satiating diet, but it may be coming. For now, if you’re interested, here’s my advice: Follow a Mediterranean diet, for which there are many resources available online (Health's guide to the Mediterranean diet made simple is a good place to start.)
Next, add some whole hot peppers or dried pepper seasonings to your meals, to take advantage of their calorie-boosting, appetite-suppressing benefits. Finally, fine-tune your protein and carb portions so you strike a balance that allows you to feel energized—while simultaneously filling you up and downgrading your desire to eat.
Focus on whole foods, such as oats and quinoa over processed carbs, like pita bread and crackers. Choose high quality animal products, like pasture-raised eggs and grass-fed meat and yogurt. Above all, listen to your body and your gut instinct.
Many people quit the keto diet because they don’t feel well on it, or they find it impractical to never eat a banana or potato again. If you tried keto and felt the same way, ditch what doesn’t feel right, regardless of what’s popular. Hone in on an eating pattern that best supports your physical, emotional, and social wellness, so you can shed pounds happily and healthfully, and keep them off for good.
Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, is Health's contributing nutrition editor, a New York Times best-selling author, and a consultant for the New York Yankees.
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There are dozens of weight loss diets to choose from, with new plans sprouting up every year. Many quickly fade away, but a program called GOLO has shown some staying power. One of the top diets searched online in 2016, GOLO continues to generate buzz. Here's what this plan is about, what the research says, and if you should try it.
What is GOLO?
Rather than limiting carbs or fat, the GOLO plan (developed by a team of doctors and pharmacists, according to the company) focuses on balancing hormones. The GOLO philosophy is that hormone imbalances are triggers of stress and anxiety, which leads to fatigue, hunger, and poor sleep quality. All of this in turn drives overeating, bingeing, and emotional eating.
GOLO’s creators believe that diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to generate lasting weight loss, however. To supplement these healthy habits, they created a patented capsule they call Release, which is an integral part of the program.
The supplement GOLO dieters take
According to the GOLO website, Release “contains important plant extracts and key minerals clinically proven to help manage the physical and psychological aspects of weight.” The company claims that Release optimizes blood sugar and insulin regulation, balances hormones, extends hunger, and controls cravings.
The supplement is taken with meals for the entirety of the program, although GOLO recommends reducing the dose if you only have 10-20 pounds to lose, or if you're losing more than four pounds per week. They also advise phasing out the supplement once your reach your goal weight.
According to studies done by the company, study participants on the GOLO plan lost on average a total of 37.4 pounds (16.1% of body weight) and 6.4 inches around their waists. They also dropped more than three dress sizes and five pants sizes.
GOLO further says that a randomized, double-blind on overweight subjects in 2018 showed that those who took Release lost significantly more weight and waist inches than those who took a placebo. All of the studies, however, were funded and conducted by GOLO, and the research isn’t found in the peer reviewed National Library of Medicine database. That’s a red flag.
In addition, the amounts of the various ingredients in Release are not known, because the formulation is patented. But according to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, some of the ingredients may trigger nausea or digestive upset. Red flag number two.
What reviewers say about GOLO
In existence since 2008, the GOLO plan is available for purchase on amazon.com and GOLO's own site. The program currently has 62 reviews on Amazon, with an average rating of three stars. For $49.95, buyers receive a 30-day supply of Release, a metabolic (eating) plan, and other booklets, including one on goal setting and emotional eating, as well as a GOLO diet membership.
While the details of the diet plan aren’t specifically stated in the marketing materials, GOLO claims that users can eat more food and still lose weight, and they can eat foods they love. Some Amazon reviewers say the diet consists of typical healthy foods, including produce, lean protein, healthy fats, and unprocessed carbs, in smaller portions, along with encouragement to exercise.
One reviewer noted that the program suggests cooking a week’s worth of food ahead of time, which may be unrealistic for some. A handful of customers praise the simple meal plans, but one noted that the lack of an app for tracking presented a challenge.
Several stated that they did not lose weight. But to be fair, it’s not clear how many of these folks were carefully following the plan, or if they utilized the GOLO membership, which includes access to online coaches.
Should you try GOLO?
Bottom line: There is a lot of unknown info. The GOLO plan is difficult to evaluate without third-party, peer-reviewed research on both the diet itself and the Release supplement. Also, you have to purchase the plan to know the exact parameters of the diet. What’s allowed and not allowed, as well as the nutritional composition of suggested meal plans, are not clear because this information not found on the company’s website.
Without independent data on Release, it’s difficult to say if it indeed leads to better results, and if it’s safe for all. But here’s what we do know: Many people have successfully lost weight and kept it off by simply consuming more whole food-based, balanced meals, eating mindfully, garnering support, and being active. These healthy habits don’t require pills, booklets, or memberships.
Before deciding if GOLO is right for you, check out the Amazon reviews for yourself, and talk to your doctor about the appropriateness of the ingredients in Release based on your current health and medications. And and consider other options backed by published studies, such as the DASH diet and the MIND diet.
Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, is Health's contributing nutrition editor, a New York Times best-selling author, and a consultant for the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets.
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The former adult film star, 45, just moved her family to Honolulu to “follow through with my healthy lifestyle,” and she’s still maintaining a keto diet over a year since she started -- for the most part.
“I wake up at 6 am and immediately make coffee. I prefer instant with stevia and heavy cream. I then allow myself to get hungry. That usually is about 10 or 11 am. I cook 4 over easy eggs and top them with sour cream with Cholula hot sauce mixed in,” she explained.
“Around 2 pm I find myself hungry again,” she continued. “I have been loving this cabbage salad I make. It’s comprised of shredded cabbage, sesame oil, fresh ginger, soy sauce and a handful of minced cashews. It’s fabulous with a chicken breast.”
Jameson said she eats her “last meal of the day” at 6 p.m.
“I’m a steak lover, so I always have a beautiful ribeye on hand! I’ve been loving double ribeyes lately… so I sear them in a skillet then bake low and slow, and that results in a super tender piece of meat! I pair it with zucchini noodles with marinara.”
Plus, she added, “Throughout the day I drink lots of water and I adore the soda Zevia, I highly recommend it!”
While Jameson has an incredible amount of success on keto — she lost 80 lbs. in just six months — even she goes off the diet when the cravings hit. She found a new favorite treat since moving to Hawaii: pineapple.
“Why can’t pineapple be Keto???” she asked on Friday. “Ugh the pineapple here in Hawaii is SOOO good and sweet. I may or may not have eaten a whole one, oh and a whole bag of salt and vinegar chips. Back on the grind on MONDAY!”
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On Sunday, a 22-year-old woman took to Reddit’s r/loseit to ask for help for her four-year-old sister, who weighs 120 pounds and is already experiencing body image issues.
The Original Poster (or OP, in Reddit lingo) explained that her parents had her sister when she was already heading to college, hence the age difference. Because she was away at school, she wasn't able to see what her parents were feeding the little girl, and how often she ate.
The OP recently returned home after graduating college and discovered that the preschooler now weighs an astounding 120 pounds--80 pounds heavier than average for a child that age.
The OP shared that her parents had overfed her when she was younger, too, and that caused her to be overweight as a kid.
“I love my parents to death, but they're very stereotypical Mexican parents—they show their love with food,” the OP wrote. “And while I was never as big as my sister, I grew up as the chubby girl and it wasn’t until I was 12 that i was successfully able to buck the trend, lose all the weight, and embrace a healthier lifestyle (a lifestyle that I am still thriving in today!).”
She's tried to tell her parents that overfeeding such a small child is unhealthy, but when she did, she was “swatted away.”
The final straw that led her to ask for help, the OP continued, was a heartbreaking question her sister asked her. One night, while she and her sister were watching a movie, the four-year-old told her she wanted to be pretty like her older sister. When the OP asked her what she meant, she replied “I thought only skinny girls were pretty.”
“I immediately held her and I actually started to cry because i [know] the negative thoughts that are going through her little head,” the woman wrote. “THE LAST THING I want is for my four year old baby sister to now have body image issues.”
The woman asked for advice, and the responses were drastic. Multiple users recommended she contact Child Protective Services, claiming that her parents' habits are child abuse.
“Your parents are abusing your sister by overfeeding her to this level. You should have a very serious conversation with them about this and let them know that they need to work on this immediately,” one person wrote.
“This is a dire situation and definitely child abuse. It probably feels strange to think of loving parents, especially your own, as abusers—but it absolutely is, even if they are ignorant to the harm they are doing,” another wrote.
According to the CDC, nearly one in five children are obese. Childhood obesity is defined as having a BMI at or above the 95th percentile for children of the same age and sex. The CDC offers further information about helping fight obesity in children on their website.
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Body image problems can definitely take a toll on relationships.
But usually, feeling better about yourself and your body can help resolve these problems, at least partially.
That isn’t the case for one woman who took to Reddit to talk about a marital issue she’s experiencing because she’s lost weight.
Her husband, who is overweight, appears to be jealous of her weight-loss success. He complains when she focuses on healthy eating, and reprimands her in front of their children for dieting.
The author of the post says she was overweight when she and her husband met. Now she’s 5’5” and 130 pounds, which gives her a body mass index of 22.
“[My] husband used to be rail thin in his youth and very proud of that,” the woman wrote. “[A]s he aged he has become overweight and he kind of compensates his frustration about that by being absolutely ANTI diet, anti healthy food and exercise, to the point of ridiculousness. He acts like salad is poison and doesn’t want me talking to the children about eating veggies like that will give them an eating disorder.”
The problem has affected the couple’s intimacy. “Don’t even ask about our love life,” she wrote. “The last time I even tried to snuggle up to him while watching TV he pulled a disgusted face and mumbled something about ‘bones.’”
She added, “I miss physical contact to another person so, so much.”
The Reddit user said her husband had shamed her for her eating habits just that very morning. “He gave me a talking to in front of the kids, and ended with, ‘You’ve become the opposite of everything...The opposite of the woman I married,’” she wrote. “I feel so ashamed all the time, cutting up my veggies alone when he cannot see me, secretly snacking on carrots because I don’t want to be judged for what I eat.”
She’s worried the strain could permanently end her relationship with her husband, and is asking for advice from fellow Reddit users on how to handle the situation.
Fortunately, it sounds like she’s determined to hold her ground and stick up for herself. At the bottom of her post, the woman wrote, “I want to stop this development, be a better wife, help him deal with the situation. But he won’t decide what I put into my mouth, ever.”
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Forget clean eating and slaving away at the gym: The latest liposuction procedure promises to give you flawless six-pack abs without hard work or willpower. Sound too good to be true? Yeah, it pretty much is.
The procedure, called "abdominal etching," involves suctioning fat from specific parts of the abdomen, which then reveals a person's natural abdominal lines, according to an article published this month in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Patients can choose a more defined, chiseled look, or can opt for a natural, smooth appearance. But as you’d imagine, bypassing the gym for this surgical shortcut has its repercussions.
The article reveals that while the procedure has the potential to make your belly look like Channing Tatum's, it's not without risks. The surgery can leave you with nerve and muscle damage, not to mention infection if the procedure goes wrong. And don’t think that etching will solve your body-image issues, either. If you want to keep that rock-solid physique, you’re still going to have to hit the gym on a regular basis.
Before undergoing abdominal etching, a patient’s height, weight, and BMI will be taken into consideration, as well as their health history. People who have had plastic surgery before on their abdomen are at risk for developing skin necrosis (you know, when your skin tissue dies and you’re left with gaping holes in your body). Moreover, the procedure results in swelling for the first two weeks, and it takes two to three months to fully heal.
Moral of the story? Though the procedure exists, we say skip it. Your own abs are the way to go.
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