Is It Ok To Put Your Baby On A Diet?


I just read this article about mothers putting their babies on diets because they’re afraid their babies are going to be overweight. I am sickened by this and think it’s disgusting! Most of the mothers admit to doing it because they’re fearful that their children are going to grow up to be overweight just like them, but come on, scooping out a bagel for a 1-year-old is insanity! A mother and father even put laxatives in their baby’s bottle because they were afraid she would be overweight just like her father.

Hello! Unlike adults who yo-yo diet and can’t tell when they’re hungry or full, babies have an internal mechanism that tells them. That is, unless you screw with it. The only thing these parents are going to give these children are a massive dose of self-esteem issues.

It’s not the babies who need to be put on a diet, it’s the parents who need to deal with their own problems. Children learn by watching and if they see you overeat then they will overeat too. And if they see you checking yourself in the mirror 95 times a day then they will learn to do the same.

What do you think about this?

Wow, I'm Shocked To Admit This…

But, I saw the season finale of Thintervention, with Jackie Warner and I have to say that despite all my bashing of weight loss shows on TV and my response to a reader’s questions last week about the show I actually think it’s not all that bad. In fact, I actually learned a thing or two about being a trainer and helping my clients lose weight.

Jackie seems really heartfelt and honest about wanting to help her clients succeed and she manages to help without any crazy yelling or fear tactics. She knows when to push and when to back away, which is really an art. Do I think she should put some clothes on? Yes. People struggling to lose weight don’t have to constantly be reminded that they don’t have her body. Still though, she does an awesome job and I envy it.

At the last weigh-in her clients looked like they had huge transformations, both physically, mentally, and emotionally, but they still looked healthy, rather than some fitness model ideal. All of them, including the very resistant Nikki did the hard work necessary to get to where they are and I love how Jackie reminded them that if they want it they can have it. It’s all in their power to achieve what they want.

Oh, and did you see Bryan’s transformation? He had to get over so many emotional hurdles, control his bingeing and hiding of food, and learn to have more confidence in himself. To say that he worked is an understatement, he radically changed his lifestyle. There is no mountain that is too high if you want to reach the top badly enough and he reached the top and then climbed another one!

I don’t think that they needed to get up on that scale for a last weigh-in in front of an audience, but unfortunately I guess it’s in the contract. Every single client was majorly successful, but what was most important was to see the emotional achievements they had by facing what was keeping them from losing weight in the first place. It wasn’t necessarily about the specific amount they lost, but it was about what that meant to them in terms of changing their life around and achieving what they thought was impossible.

I am majorly impressed with Jackie Warner and Thintervention and felt that it deserves me admitting that not all weight loss shows are the same. I still say, “don’t try this at home, kids”, it’s still television, but if you need some inspiration and want to see the dedication, drive, and work that it takes to succeed then definitely tune in. If they can do it you can do it too!

Weigh-in here: Did you watch the show? What do you think?

Wow, I’m Shocked To Admit This…

But, I saw the season finale of Thintervention, with Jackie Warner and I have to say that despite all my bashing of weight loss shows on TV and my response to a reader’s questions last week about the show I actually think it’s not all that bad. In fact, I actually learned a thing or two about being a trainer and helping my clients lose weight.

Jackie seems really heartfelt and honest about wanting to help her clients succeed and she manages to help without any crazy yelling or fear tactics. She knows when to push and when to back away, which is really an art. Do I think she should put some clothes on? Yes. People struggling to lose weight don’t have to constantly be reminded that they don’t have her body. Still though, she does an awesome job and I envy it.

At the last weigh-in her clients looked like they had huge transformations, both physically, mentally, and emotionally, but they still looked healthy, rather than some fitness model ideal. All of them, including the very resistant Nikki did the hard work necessary to get to where they are and I love how Jackie reminded them that if they want it they can have it. It’s all in their power to achieve what they want.

Oh, and did you see Bryan’s transformation? He had to get over so many emotional hurdles, control his bingeing and hiding of food, and learn to have more confidence in himself. To say that he worked is an understatement, he radically changed his lifestyle. There is no mountain that is too high if you want to reach the top badly enough and he reached the top and then climbed another one!

I don’t think that they needed to get up on that scale for a last weigh-in in front of an audience, but unfortunately I guess it’s in the contract. Every single client was majorly successful, but what was most important was to see the emotional achievements they had by facing what was keeping them from losing weight in the first place. It wasn’t necessarily about the specific amount they lost, but it was about what that meant to them in terms of changing their life around and achieving what they thought was impossible.

I am majorly impressed with Jackie Warner and Thintervention and felt that it deserves me admitting that not all weight loss shows are the same. I still say, “don’t try this at home, kids”, it’s still television, but if you need some inspiration and want to see the dedication, drive, and work that it takes to succeed then definitely tune in. If they can do it you can do it too!

Weigh-in here: Did you watch the show? What do you think?

Untrue Beauty

I read this article on the Dove Beauty Campaign this morning and I’m not actually all that surprised. Well I am and I’m not.

At first I thought their campaign for “Real Beauty” was amazing and a step forward in marketing to women. You know, the one where they show you how many hours and retouches it takes to turn an average woman into a cover-ready model? And the other print ads where they have 6 “regular” women in their underwear posing for the camera (above). The one’s where they make you think that they’re the most caring company in the world.
Well, I thought that this was great for women to see that there are others out there that look just like them. That not everyone is a cover model.

But then my husband (who works in advertising) pointed out that none of them had stretch marks, none of them had cellulite, none of them had varicose veins, and none of them even had birth marks or freckles. Sure it’s a step above the perfect looking model or celebrity, but still, they’re campaigning about “Real Beauty” and are linked to fundraising efforts to help young girls with body image and self-esteem. I commend them for that, really, I do, but it doesn’t seem super genuine. Maybe they haven’t taken it far enough.

Oh, and did I mention that the ad was for a skin firming lotion?

I know that cellulite and stretch marks aren’t beautiful to look at, but if you’re going to talk about true beauty and say that you’re showing real women, then show them. I think women will thank you for it! Don’t post an ad on Craigslist saying that you’re looking for real women, but only if you have flawless skin, naturally fit nice bodies, and beautiful hair. I know that perfection sells, because everyone wants to be and look perfect, but Dove isn’t really all that caring and isn’t helping anyone by saying that they portray real women when in fact they portray smooth, flawless, and fit women.

Calling all flawless, beautiful, naturally fit, real women

A spokesperson for Dove said that the Craigslist posting was a mistake, but I’m thinking that was just a way to cover up for a poorly worded post.

What do you think?