Monday, July 29, 2013

Gold for weight loss

Rising weight and/or obesity levels are known health issues in the US, UK and other countries in the Western World. However it is not just a Western problem.
It is also an issue in the Gulf States, where the finger is being firmly pointed at sedentary lifestyles and the increase in fast food outlets.

Less than 2 weeks ago, in a 30 day health initiative coinciding with Ramadan (month of fasting), Dubai Municipality decided to reward citizens who successfully lose weight.

The prize? Titled, ‘Your Weight in Gold’ , the scheme gave participants a gram of gold, worth about £30, per kilo (minimum 2 kilos) of weight lost. It also supplied them with health focussed information on how to lose weight.

The scheme also offered the 3 individuals who lost the most weight, called "golden losers," the chance to enter a draw; the winner of which will receive a gold coin worth£3,500.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality said:
"Ramadan is the most appropriate season to launch such initiatives as it reminds us about many health benefits of reducing weight and encourages us to take strong steps to our bad lifestyles."

Today, in response to huge public interest 6,000 registrations within the first few days of the ‘Your Weight In Gold’ campaign launch, Dubai Municipality decided to double the amount of gold from 1 to 2 grams for every kilo lost above 5 kilos (up from 2 kilos) and 3 grams for each kilo lost above 10 kilos.

“The new decision”, said Hussain Nasser Lootah, “is expected to motivate more people to participate and make sturdy competition among the participants, turning it into one of the biggest community initiatives.”

Dubai Municipality is not just focusing on weight loss; it’s aim is to improve the general health of their citizens. Mohamed Al Noori, Director of Corporate Marketing and Relations, said:

“We need healthy people in the city to live in our beautiful buildings. To achieve this goal the civic body has provided around 91 public places including public parks, residential parks, squares, jogging and cycling tracks and open beaches, encouraging people to do regular fitness activities.”

The final weigh-in will take place on 16 August. Time will tell if those who lose weight and claim their gold reward manage to maintain their weight loss over the coming months/years.


Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Marion Bartoli - 'Never going to be a looker'

While Andy Murray, his myriad of supporters and tennis fans in general are celebrating Andy’s first Wimbledon win and the first British win for 77 years; another tennis story has caught my attention.

At the weekend news that John Inverdale (Radio 5 Live presenter) had sent French tennis player Marion Bartoli 28, a personal letter of apology after making unkind comments about her physical appeal did not come as a surprise.

While reporting on Marion women’s single win, her first title in her 47th Grad Slam appearance, John made the statement:

"I just wonder if her dad, because he has obviously been the most influential person in her life, did say to her when she was 12, 13, 14 maybe, 'listen, you are never going to be, you know, a looker.

"You are never going to be somebody like a Sharapova, you're never going to be 5ft 11, you're never going to be somebody with long legs, so you have to compensate for that."

The backlash against is comments was instant e.g. annoyed tweets included:

Tom Jamieson:"John Inverdale's made me realise as a dad I need to work much harder to enrich my two daughters' lives by telling them how ugly they are."

Richard Kent: "John Inverdale needs to go. @bbc5live Are you going to allow him to carry on? Comments re Bartoli are appalling."

A contrite John opened his men’s singles final programme with the following apologetic announcement:

"Before we start, I'd like to return to yesterday and a clumsy phrase that I used about Marion Bartoli which has understandably caused something of a furore," he said.

"The point I was trying to make in a rather ham-fisted kind of way is that the public perception of tennis players is that they're all 6 feet-tall Amazonian athletes.

"Marion, who is the Wimbledon champion, bucks that trend, and she is a fantastic example to all young people that it's attitude, and will and determination together obviously with talent that in the end gets you to the top. I've apologised to Marion by letter if any offence was caused and I do hope that we can leave the matter there."

I hope John has learned a valuable lesson and that in future he will stick to reporting on female athlete’s achievements rather than whether or not he thinks they are attractive. I doubt he would have been so judgemental and insensitive about a male player's appearance.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Fashion Model Quotes

Models are often on the receiving end of bad press. They are often accused of being unhealthily thin and portraying a stereotypical, unattainable, unreal image of beauty. A false image that negatively affects females, particularly young girls and teenagers.

This month’s article highlights noteworthy quotes from fashion models. We hope these quotes will show those involved in a more positive light.

Example Quotes:

Tyra Banks:
    “Girls of all sizes can be beautiful. From the thin, plus sized, short, very tall, ebony to porcelain skin; the quirky, clumsy, shy, outgoing and all in between”.

Tara Lynn:
    "It was impossible not to look at magazines and look at my body and think, 'If only I was skinnier' or, 'If only my legs weren't so muscular.' Then, one day, I remember seeing this brunette, plus-sized model in a homecoming shoot. It was amazing. Seeing that one image during my adolescence was such a relief. I wish there had been more."

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Monday, July 01, 2013

Why we can't shut up about beauty

Here is an excerpt from a blog post that is worth reading. Written by blogger Amanda King, it is titled:

‘Why We Can't Shut Up About Beauty and Praise Our Girls for Being Smart’


Why do we have to talk about physical beauty at all? Why is it important? Why do we need to praise our children for being beautiful? Can't we just praise our daughters for being smart and creative and capable and kind and strong and all of the other things that matter? Why does it matter whether or not our girls feel beautiful, when we know that physical beauty is just a trick and a lie? Why are we still going on and on about beauty, when the topic of beauty has torn us apart? Isn't telling our girls that we are beautiful just another form of vanity, or of focusing on the surface, on things that don't matter?

The thing about this argument is that I agree with it. I believe in it. I believe that the kind of mother who would say to me, "Why can't we just shut up about beauty, and praise our girls for being smart," is a mindful, aware, intelligent, awesome kind of mother.

The problem is that it is a respectable ideal that doesn't actually address the reality of sending our girls out into the world. We can refuse to talk about beauty in our households, but, the truth of our daily lives is that our daughters are navigating a world that not only talks about beauty, but is outright obsessed with it. The worst part is that the world is obsessed with a disgusting, unfair and rigid idea of what it means to be beautiful.

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