Monday, July 27, 2009

Unnecessary surgery

Last week I watched a short clip of the funeral of Mrs Hendry. She was the 42-year-old wife of the former Scottish football captain Colin Hendry.

Mrs Hendry had been in intensive care for 12 weeks when she died.  She was hospitalised after contracting  a meningitis-type infection during a procedure to correct the problems caused by liposuction surgery that she’d undergone 7 years earlier. Instead of enabling Mrs Hendry to regain her post pregnancy (four children) figure as intended,   the original surgery had left with nine punctures to her bowel and colon, blood poisoning and multiple organ failure.

In response, Dr Gault, a leading cosmetic surgeon and member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons said that  "Colin Hendry's wife was probably not that bothered by her belly. She was a tiny little thing. This all started in 2002 – seven years of pain and eventual death, and all for a little bit of fat,"

He added  the original liposuction had been 'unnecessary'. If this is indeed the case, then even after accepting that no surgical procedure is 100 percent safe, we are left with one logical conclusion ... her death was also unnecessary.

I would like to take this opportunity to offer our condolences to her family and friends.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Rich models list

We’ve all heard the saying ‘beauty is skin deep’.  For a handful of select individuals, we can now add that 'beauty has exceptionally deep pockets'

Forbes magazine's richest models list, based on estimated earnings from June 2008 – June 2009 listed the top 10 earners:-

1.    Gisele Bündchen, pictured above, £15 million
2.    Heidi Klum, £9.7 million
3.    Kate Moss, £5 million
4.    Adriana Lima, £4.8 million
5.    Doutzen Kroes, £3.6 million
6.    Alessandra Ambrosio, £3.6 million
7.    Natalia Vodianova, £3.3 million
8.    Daria Werbowy, £2.7 million
9.    Miranda Kerr, £1.8 million
10.  Carolyn Murphy, £1.8 million

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The 3 D's of dieting

The August 09 issue of ‘Women and Home’ has an article that discussed the three D’s of dieting. The 3 D’s of dieting, are well known in the dieting industry and denotes the ‘vicious cycle’ that dieters often fall intoThey are: -i) Defensiveness (low metabolism, baby weight….other excuses)ii) Depression (negative stage of mind)iii) Despair (disappointing results)All 3 are clear sign posts on the road to failure. The article advised readers to overcome...

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Gay body issues

On Saturday a group of female friends (myself included) sat in a restaurant in Birmingham City centre. We had come from as far afield as London and Sheffield to enjoy each others company.We sat at the table ordered our drinks and began to talk. As usual, husbands, kids, work, weight and aging topped the list of our animated discussions.One surprising bit of news, was that it isn’t only females that struggle with body image issues. One of the group was very concerned about a male friend,...

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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Ageism in the media

A few days ago the Sun reported 81 year old Bruce Forsyth will be returning for the seventh series of the dance show Strictly Come Dancing. 

It had been rumoured that the 81-year-old presenter would not be returning to the show following reports that BBC's top talent were to be subjected to swingeing salary cuts.

Contrast this with the shows recent sacking of 66-year-old Arlene Phillips,  in favour of the former ballet star Darcey Bussell, 40, and singer Alesha Dixon, 30, who won the competition in 2007.   Arlene joins the scrapheap of women who the media consider to be past their sell-by date. She will be replaced 30-year-old Alesha Dixon.

Clearly nothing in the media changed.  Men are allowed to age gracefully and work decades beyond their female counterparts.

Age discrimination is alive and not only well, it’s thriving.
Related article: Ten Years Younger Gets Younger


Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The food we waste

It’s the time of year when seasonal fruits and salads dominate the supermarket shelves. In the last couple of weeks I took the opportunity to full my shopping trolley with my 5-a day in a bid to eat healthier and shed the odd pound or two.Sadly, I have binned at least 20% of all I purchased, mainly because the fruit had wilted in the bowl and the salad had gone off in the fridge. Why ? Well despite my good intentions, when it came to mealtimes I chose to eat my normal meals, not the...

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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Article published

On the 1st June 2009 received important and pleasing news from  Independence Educational Publishers Ltd. An extract of the letter is detailed below.

Please find enclosed your complimentary copy of the following:-

Body Image and Self Esteem
The Issues Series is proving very popular. The books are used in a wide variety of courses including GCSE A-Level and further educational courses. In addition, increasing interest is being shown by government agencies, lobby groups and anyone who has a professional interest in social issues. Many public libraries are now stocking the series.

We would like to thank you very much for your help with this book ……… “'s contribution can be found on pages 19 and 20 titled Problems and Improvements.  

Cult of celebrity

We created this video after listening to an economic discussion between Jeff Rense and Gerald Celente.  In the middle of the economic doom the conversation suddenly turns to a subject close to our  heart. 



No fat chicks

I was watching the Simpsons with my 7 year old daughter recently when this image appeared on screen. I know that is supposed to be funny, but I found it somewhat disconcerting.On a subconscious level it is clearly saying your weight can determine what you can and cannot become. Are ‘fat chicks’ destined to matronly roles while ‘thin chicks’ are allowed to follow their dreams of becoming a ballerina; a dream held by a multitude of little girls? The logical implication is...

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