Your Questions About 22.5 Bmi

Mark asks…

How to lose 3 pounds a week when your not overweight?

My BMI is 22.5 but I would like to lose 20 pounds to lower it to 19.1.
I only have a little over two months to do that because there is a special
occasion in the beginning of June.

I don’t want to diet but to change they way I eat and exercise. What would be the best and healthiest way to lose 3 pounds a week?
Thanks in advance.

admin answers:

Eat alot of catabolic foods in the morning for breakfest. Like celery and that will help some. It will boost your metabolism because thats kindof the purpose for breakfest. And foods like that will burn more calories than they contain. Idk about making you lose 20lbs. But its a start

Thomas asks…

What is the exact amount of meat I should take?

I am 5’5 and 135 pounds. My BMI is 22.5 and I workout 4 times in a week, followed by a proper diet. I have a nice figure with pretty nice curves. I absolutely love meat, though prefer to stick to white meat. However, I love certain red meat preparations and I want to know the exact amount of red meat that I can take in a day. I am 23 years.

admin answers:

The recommended daily amount of red meat is no more than 4 oz.

Jenny asks…

How many calories does an inactive 20 year old female burn per day?

I’m 20 years old, 5’5″, 135lbs, (BMI of 22.5) and never exercise. My metabolism is normal. How many calories do I burn per day?

Also, I’m going to start exercising, how many calories do I need to burn per day in order to lose 10 lbs?

Any other advice on losing weight would be appreciated thanks.
Ok but does anyone have an idea of an estimate of how many calories I burn per day?

admin answers:

You can calculate your BMR here: http://www.cordianet.com/calculator.htm

Michael asks…

My BMI is 22.5?!?!?!?

I’m 5ft 2, 15 years old, 123pounds
am i overweight?

admin answers:

Right in the middle!!! Usually you should be in the range of 18-25 if you want to be healthy, in which you are =]

Carol asks…

is a BMI of 22.5 healthy?

is it fat?
wait i meant 21.8 sorry i mad my height a inch shortter i am 5’3 btw

admin answers:

No, not really, its nornmal range.

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Your Questions About Healthy Lifestyle Quotes

Mary asks…

how do you eat healthy when your poor?

i have tried to change my lifestyle and eat healthy but the healthy foods are always so expensive. i keep falling into the same habbit, as soon as i get money for groceries i go to the store and buy all the healthy stuff; whole grain breads, fresh fruits and veggies,fish ect.. and then the food runs out and im broke and living off of maccaroni and cheese and top ramen. i want to eat and be healthy but is it possible to do that if your poor? i need some suggestions on what to do. please dont tell me to just get a better job either.

admin answers:

Nick B has some great suggestions. While fresh fruit and vegetables are best, don’t be afraid to add canned or frozen veggies – especially the frozen ones. They can be well under $1 a pound that way, and in winter can be a great way to save cash.

You may have a local farmers’ market. I go close to closing and haggle with the farmers over price. Most of the time, I won’t have to. I just ask what the price of tomatoes is, and often they will quote me a price for what’s leftover. Then throw in a zucchini for free.

Look at your list. Are there any convenience foods on there? Example… Dried beans are dirt, dirt cheap. You can buy a bag for under $1. Meanwhile, canned beans may seem cheap, but in comparisson to buying the dried beans and soaking overnight, there is a cost added into the price of canned. Also, those diet TV dinners are convenient, but are more expensive than bringing leftovers. I batch cook, then portion them out. You can really save some cash this way.

Good luck, it’s not always easy.

Chris asks…

Is being thin by exercising a lot and dieting really good for you?

and what do you think of this quote?

‘Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – Chardonnay in one hand – chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, ‘WOO HOO, What a Ride!’

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admin answers:

Being thin is in no way a direct indicator of health. There is a lot more to being healthy than being light on the scale and exercising a lot. Proper nutrition and a general healthy lifestyle and attitude is all part of the equation.

Sandra asks…

Does the government have the right to tell us what to eat?

Please no personal opinions! I need an answer where the person quotes that it’s wrong. Like on a website and there are actual quotes: “…..” said ….
These quotes have to be from someone that is against the idea. 10 points for best answer!
Should the government have the right to change our diet?????
Give me answers with a website link and that has a person quoting against my question. Thanks!
This is a research paper.

admin answers:

NOTE: match paragraph number to source number.

1. “Who should be deciding what I eat? Should it be government or should it be parents? It should be the parents.” – Sarah Palin

2. “If I wanted to sponsor a bill and it said Americans, you have to eat three vegetables and three fruits every day and I got it through Congress and that’s now the law of the land, got to do it, does that violate the commerce clause?” Coburn asked. “Sounds like a dumb law,” Kagan replied. “But I think that the question of whether it’s a dumb law is different from the question of whether it’s constitutional, and I think that courts would be wrong to strike down laws that they think are senseless just because they’re senseless.” That portion of Kagan’s noncommittal answer seemed to suggest that Congress had carte blanche to create a nanny state that would regulate Americans’ day-to-day lives. “Kagan declines to say gov’t has no power to tell Americans what to eat,” reads a headline on the video posted by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans.

3. “I can’t be supportive of any kind of a tax [talking about a soda tax] increase until I’m convinced that this government is sized properly and running as efficiently as it can,” said Councilman Frank Rizzo. Other council members predict the Nutter tax will go nowhere. Democratic whip Darrell Clarke told a local Fox TV affiliate, “I’m just not seeing the support for it.”

4. “As a member of several expert panels on diet and health in the past, I have found that nowhere is confusion more encouraged than during the creation of food and health policy. USDA, the primary sponsor of the Food Pyramid committee, has repeatedly demonstrated that it is more interested in the health of the agriculture industry than in the health of the taxpaying American public. The majority of the members of a recent ‘Pyramid’ committee, for example, had unrevealed conflicts of interest with the dairy industry that only became known through court order. Politics matters more than personal health.” – Dr. T. Colin Campbell

5. “Taxes do not make people healthier. Making smart, educated decisions about diet and exercise do. A new tax will not teach children healthy lifestyles or change their behavior. There is a smarter way to keep our kids healthy, like educating them about diet and exercise. Moms and dads are responsible for taking care of their kids and they deserve our appreciation for the good job they do. Taxing parents and families is not going to help. It’s only going to add to their struggles in this economy.” – Americans Against Food Taxes

6. “Taxes on sweetened soft drinks do not necessarily advance the overall public interest, may be regressive in nature, and hardly ever work as intended.” – Mercatus Center, George Mason University

7. “Do I have the right to drink, fight, eat poorly and drive fast or does the government have the right to tell me not to drink, what to eat, to act with dignity and class while driving my hybrid not so fast? Responsibility is the issue. Am I responsible for me or is the government responsible and I do not get to be free?” – Bill Turner, Canada Free Press

8. “Michael Pollan, by the way, is a contributing writer for the Times magazine, a professor of journalism at the University of California Berkeley. ‘All of which suggests that passing a health care reform bill, no matter how ambitious, is only the first step in solving our health care crisis. To keep from bankrupting ourselves, we will then have to get to work on improving our health — which means going to work on the American way of eating.’ Mr. Pollan, it’s none of your business. It’s none of Obama’s business how anybody eats. It’s not my business when he grabs a quick trip to some burger joint. I don’t know what he eats in the White House. Well, I do know, he’s eating $100-a-pound Kobe beef.” – Rush Limbaugh

Lisa asks…

How much weight do you think I will lose?

I’m in 10th grade and weight 144lbs…… Just an FYI to help you calculate how much weight I’ll lose…
Any way, This summer I’m planning to run 2-5 miles, and bike 5-7 miles everyday. At the most, how much weight do you think I’ll lose?

admin answers:

Start now! But join a gym with a friend, or just go dance around the house, maybe get a workout DVD..
Diet! Eat nothing but cabbage soup for two weeks and youll lose ten lbs. Then try juicing.. It’ll help get rid of water weight and some fat. Then eat fruits and veggies ONLY for 2 months (make sure to have a handful of nuts, 1 spoon of honey, and a multi-vitamin everyday to be healthy.. Then a tablespoon of penut butter 3x a week for some fats.)

Then gradually go into a healthy lifestyle to KEEP the weight off! (add some lean meat like turkey or chicken (NOTHING FRIED) , every other week or once a week have a small treat (nothing like a pie and a wopper with large fries and chicken tenders with extra ketchup! A Hershey’s bar or homeade burger with your family would be great!)

Tips:
1. When your on the cabbage soup diet, no treats or anything except cabbage soup and water to get the best results! (ONLY DO THIS FOR TWO WEEKS)
2. When your on diets , every Friday if you didn’t cheat get yourself something! Like a seventeen or teen vogue magazine! Every MONTH if you ate very good then go shopping to reward yourself! Maybe every few weeks reward yourself by going to see a movie with someone!
3. Get someone to do this with. It REALLY does help! Maybe a sibling, a friend, or even your parents! If you feel too uncomftorable to do that just find people online . Chat with them every other day to see where they are! (warning, don’t geve out personal info if you decide to do that!) then make little challenges to see who lost the most weight, or who worked out more!
4. KEEP A JOURNAL! I have one. Write down everything that goes in your mouth. You could keep a little notebook in your purse, or write it on your iPod, on your computer, your phone,etc.. So then rate how good you did that day! (500-1200 cals = 10. ; 1200-1300 = 9; 1300-1500= 8; 1700=7; 1800=6; 1900= 5; 2000= 4; 2100= 3; 2400= 2; 2500= 1 , anything more = 0.)
5. Have motivation! Maybe it’s a picture of a model, put it on the fridge, or in your journal! Maybe it’s bikiniiis! Maybe Its a quote, maybe it’s that guys will totally lust over you, etc..
6. Excersize. With these diets you can simply lose weight without excersizing. But working out makes it faster and more effective. Do toning excersizes every morning and night! (at night it makes your body burn more cals in your sleep. Morning it helps burn more cals in daytime and makes your metabolism kick in! Don’t forget it will be what makes you have abs and sexy muscles.
..cardio 5x a week for 30 mins. (that’s what burns fat!)

Well good luck : D

Robert asks…

Any suggestions on how can I break the workout plateau?

I just entered week 4 of a new workout program for me. (It’s one of those infomercial products you see at night and on weekends. It focuses on core training, but also with cardio, total body, and area specific workouts.) I was seeing great results the first 2-3 weeks. Not much weight loss (maybe 4 pounds), but a definite change in the belt notch I use.

The problem is I’ve hit a plateau. I’m not losing any weight and measurements are not changing like they were before. It’s possible I may be getting into the overtraining trap. I’ve modified my diet, but any more changes is only going to lead to deprivation and feeling bad.

Any suggestions on how can I break the plateau effect?

admin answers:

I don’t believe you could have actually hit a plateau yet. If you’ve only been working out four weeks and hadn’t been doing much exercise before you started this plan, you should continue to see results for much longer than a month.

One problem contributing to what seems like a plateau is that you may be checking your weight too often. If you check your weight on a daily basis, for example, you need to be aware of variations. For example, if you drank two 8 oz glasses of water before stepping on the scale, you would “gain” a pound. (I put gain in quotes, because your body would naturally burn off or urinate most of that pound in the next few hours.)

Basically, you need to check your weight on a regular schedule, but not daily. I suggest checking your weight once a week, at the same time every week (I use Friday morning). The morning, before eating or drinking anything, is better than the evening because you will have less fluctuation in weight this way (plus you weigh a little less in the morning than at night!). But please be aware, fluctuation still exists. In a given day, most people’s bodies will fluctuate several pounds, and the same goes for a week.

Don’t lose hope because of a bad week. Chances are, next week you will go back to losing weight at a better rate (although 4 lbs in two to three weeks is a lot of weight loss! Don’t sell yourself short!).

If, however, you truly believe you have hit a plateau, the best thing you can do is alter your workout in a small way. For example, in strength training, if you have been doing the same exercises for a month, your muscles will respond better to a new exercise that is targeted at the same muscle groups. In cardio, you can do the same thing. For example, I am a regular jogger. If I feel like I hit a plateau, I will do speed training or run stairs. My body isn’t as use to these exercises, and it usually responds quite well.

In short, I doubt you have reached a plateua. Even if you don’t notice a difference right now, your health is improving. And even better, other people will start noticing the difference very soon. If you stay true to your exercise program for another month, I’m sure your results will be wonderful. If you do start to hit a plateau, try some other exercises. More than anything, this will help keep things new and exciting, which will keep you on your path to a healthier lifestyle much longer.

Congratulations on getting started and good luck keeping it up!

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Your Questions About Some Healthy Fattening Foods

James asks…

What are some healthy, non-fattening late night snacks?

I’m on a low-carb diet and I’m working out everyday, but my work hrs are crazy and my breaks are late at night when I’m starving. Just wondering what are some healthy snacks that are non-fattening and ok for late night food?

Also (optional!), sometimes my coworkers and I go to the drive through (great!) and get stuff so any suggestions what is “ok” at fast food stops late at night too…thanks :)

admin answers:

As long as it is low carb & less than 9grams of net carbs per hour, it shouldn’t matter. Bacon cheeseburger with mayo, lettuce is fine – skip the bun.

Michael asks…

What are some cheapy foods to buy that are healthy and not too fattening?

Tired of spending all my money on gas and FOOD! Need to budget my money better~have saved only $1500. since last February! I like to save several thousand a year!

admin answers:

Salad?
Burger, without onion

Lisa asks…

Healthy foods to fatten up a baby ?

Does anyone know of some healthy foods that you could feed a baby after he has been sick and lost some weight, just so he has some “spare” if he gets sick again sometime ?

Thanks,
Also he is 1 year old and eating solid foods.

admin answers:

My little one’s growth curve started declining so we started feeding her some bread with butter and cream cheese, grated cheese savings, potato, avocado, basically just healthy food with good amounts of fat but more frequently and she got back on the curve in no time. We also gave her shrimp and fish when she was 8 months around.

Paul asks…

What are some foods that are healthy that you wouldn’t think are ?

Like foods that are yummy but not ultra fattening you know?

Spanks :)
Or foods that you think are healthy that really aren’t that I should stay away from ?

admin answers:

Um any food has vitamins if you eat a little bit of everything IN MODERATION your the healthiest out there i promise

Thomas asks…

What are some healthier junk foods?

I want to know some healthy junk foods. Not cheetos or anything really fattening. I would like to know the name and about how many calories and such. Thanks :)
Okay I change the question then… What are some good healthy foods?

admin answers:

Sub way sandwiches are junk food in disguise they are healty n good for you and are a fast food and each sub tells you the calorie count but once you put the sauce on them they become junk food as ts the sauce that containes all the calories, but still better for you than a burger king!

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Your Questions About Obesity Essay Topics

George asks…

What are some topics I can use in my persuasive essay?

I need a topic I could argue about, I already used that people should become a vegetarian last year so I need something new. I need a simple children’s topic nothing like death penalty or abortion, more like 8th grade stuff.

admin answers:

My 8th grade class did this last year for our speech final, and many kids did abortion,and gay rights and things, some also did that juveniles committing violent felonies should be tried as adults. You could do something like why you should recycle. Here are some others:

-Pro/Con genetically modified foods
-Violent Video Games Do Promote Violence
-Obesity Is Only Between The Ears
-cell phones should be allowed in schools
-facebook obsession
-magazines are promoting the wrong idea about life…etc

none of these are specifically my viewpoints, but here are some topics good luck

Donna asks…

What are some good health topics I can write an essay about for my Physical Education class?

I’m in a physical education class and we can write about anything we want as long as it relates to the topics of health, sports and other P.E so what topics can I write about? Any ideas?

admin answers:

Smoking as it is great if everyone can just stop smoking!
But it is very interesting to see how addictive it really is and how big cigarette companies have known this for years and are now reluctantly sued (and they pay!!) for this not well known detail

diabetes is another thing as it is prevalent and increasing .

Another very important topic is organ donation.
Not enough people put themselves up for organ donation as we need many many more people to donate their organs after they die. It is interesting to see what cultural, personal and emotional difficulties people and their families have with the idea of donating organs, whilst it really is very important to save another person’s life

obesity is another issue.
Very ‘now’ and relevant, it is increasing and getting worse and worse in every country of the world. Lovely junk food companies like ‘mac donalds’ are not interested in people’s health at all, they provide low fibre high fat foods in bulk just to make as much money they can get. Very controversial topic.

Nancy asks…

What is a good topic for a cause and effect essay?

i was thinking of writing the effects of going to preschool…but i cant think of much good reasons to go….
please either help me think of a good new topic or a good reason to go to preschool (like it will be a good foundation for a good education life)
oh yeah and can anyone list examples of famous smart peoples who went to preschool?>

admin answers:

A topic I did for a Writing class was the issue of junk food in schools. With decreasing school budgets, many schools have opted to bring in unhealthy food/drinks from companies who pay them for the advertising. The effects are/can be obesity, unhealthy eating habits, etc.

Sandra asks…

What is one more paragraph i could use for my compare contrast essay?

the topic is the effect of video games on children, so far my two body paragraphs are, the basis of education, the psychological behavior and i need one more example

admin answers:

Their health e.g.obesity,snacking instead of healthy eating also non-socialising with their peer groups in outside activities.

Ruth asks…

What are some problems in america i could write about?

I need to write a problem/solution essay about a problem in America and i don’t know what to write about. can you help me??

admin answers:

There are so many issues that have BEEN issues now for so long!

Obesity/child obesity in America
Illegal immigration
Public education/failing public schools
Teen pregnancy
Latchkey kids
Foster children
Gangs
Hate crimes
Human trafficking

Of course there are also hot topics like the economy and all that surrounds that. You could easily list a ton of problems related to the economy right now, solving them isn’t so easy.

My advice to you is to write about something you are really passionate about. Something that maybe hits close to home, something you will enjoy learning more about and telling people about. Take a look around your home, school, or hometown and see what things get on your nerves. What needs a change? That will make it more fun for you and you may even be the one to really solve the problem!

Good luck!!

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Your Questions About Healthy Lifestyle Important In School

Sharon asks…

can someone please explain this[article] to me?

Bullying is the top “health” concern among parents with overweight and obese children, according to a new report.

Parents of these children, aged 6 to 13, also are much more likely than parents of children at a healthy weight to call bullying a top health issue for kids, according to a report released Monday by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

“We found that parents with overweight or obese children actually view bullying as a greater problem than childhood obesity,” Dr. Matthew M. Davis, director of the National Poll on Children’s Health, said in a university news release. “Since bullying is known to be a problem for children with increased weight, bullying prevention programs will need to be mindful of obesity as a potential trigger for bullying behavior and of parents concerns surrounding this issue.”

Overall, parents don’t take childhood obesity lightly, ranking it No. 1 is among health concern for kids in the National Poll on Children’s Health. Still, only two-thirds of parents actually enforce such limits with their children on junk food and time spent in front of a TV or computer screen, the poll found. Still, many parents are talking with their children about having healthier diets and increasing their physical activity, which Davis said is an important first step in setting the stage for a healthier lifestyle.

Nearly two in five of the families polled included one or more overweight or obese child between the ages of 6 and 13. The poll also showed that children who were obese or overweight were almost twice as likely to have an obese parent as healthy weight children.

In many families, obesity is a two-generation phenomenon among parents and their children. This trend could be the result of genetics or behaviors such as eating habits and physical activity that are shared among parents and their children,” said Davis, an associate professor of general pediatrics and internal medicine at the U-M Medical School.

admin answers:

Fat kids are more likely to be bullied at school because they’re fat.

Fat kids tend to have at least one fat parent.

Parents with fat kids are concerned about their kids being bullied for being fat. Yet some parents don’t do anything to stop their kids from becoming fat.

Linda asks…

help with spanish coursework! could you please translate if u can? i used a spansh translator and got a f!?

i am 164 centimetres tall and i weigh 56 kilos

i usually eat a balanced diet with carbohydrates,fats, proteins, vtmains and so on. coming from an asian background i have alot of spices in my diet. my favourite foods include chips and i love having a chinese takeout.
the physical actvies i do is gong to a basketball and netball club after school and i play a lot of games, also i have a tramploine in my graden and use it frequently.
my bad habits are that i eat alot of oreos and doughnuts which isnt very healthy, and i lke laze around some days were i just watch TV and talk on the phone!
when i was younger i used to run around alot and liked eating fruits but i wasnt so fond of vegetables. i think when i was young i had a healthy lifestyle beacuse i can remember being in the park alot with my dad and sharing blueberries wth my frends.
at the moment i would like to say my lfestyle is sa good, yet i know that i could improve it beacuse, due to schoolwork, i havent been able to go out as more. also i miss breakfast alot of the days because i run late for school.
the advice i have been given about mantaining a healthy lifestyle is to eat a blanced diet and drink plenty of water. also i have been told by teachers in school is to do at leaat an hor of exercise per day.
the improvments that i would like to make to my lifestlye is to try relax from schoolwork so i can go out more and get more exercise also to try and eat breakfast in the mornings beacuse it is the most important meal of the day.
thank you to everyone who helps know i gave alot to translate. also please do not use online translator- it messes evrything up!

admin answers:

Mido 164 centímetros y peso 56 kilogramos.

Usualmente como una dieta balanceada con carbohidratos, grasas, proteínas, vitaminas y demás. Ya que vengo de un fondo asiático como muchas especias en mi dieta. Mis comidas favoritas incluyen papas fritas y amo la comida china.

Las actividades físicas que hago son jugar balóncesto y “netball club” ( what is that? ) después de la escuela y disfruto varios juegos. Además tengo un trampolín en mi jardín y lo uso bastante.

Mis malos hábitos son que como muchas Oreos y donas, lo cual no es muy saludable, y a veces lo único que hago es ver televisión y ¡hablar por teléfono!

Cuando era más joven solía correr mucho y me gustaba comer frutas, pero no me gustaban los vegetales. Pienso que cuando era joven llevaba una vida saludable, porque recuerdo estar en el parque con mi papá y compartiendo arándanos con mis amigos.

Por el momento tengo que decir que mi estilo de vida es bueno, aunque sé que puedo mejorarlo porque, debido al trabajo escolar, no he podido salir tanto como quisiera. Además me pierdo el desayuno muchos días porque voy tarde para la escuela.

El consejo que me han dado para mantener una vida saludable es tener una dieta balanceada y tomar bastante agua, también me han dicho los maestros en la escuela que haga una hora de ejercicio diario por lo menos.

Los mejoramientos que me gustaría hacerle a mi estilo de vida son tratar de relajarme del trabajo escolar para que pueda salir y hacer más ejercicio, también tratar de comer el desayuno en las mañanas porque es el alimento más importante del día.

Done, made by hand. The fisrt translation is not bad, but it has a lot of misspellings. The second one is from an online translator.

Greetings.

Lisa asks…

Should I just put my life on hold?

I have trouble making my parents understand what a “teenager life” means to me.
They keep nagging me about responsibility, keeping everything organized, a healthy lifestyle, and all that stuff.
While I do understand all this is important, I feel that I’m not quite at the age to care. I want to be wild, live my dreams, do everything on a whim. I am 16 btw.

So I thought about this, and I came to the conclusion that if my parents don’t understand me, then I should just stop complaining to them. It’s not like anything is gonna change- they think like any normal parent would, and I think like most teenagers.

My solution sounds like this: I will be the “angel” child for another 2 years. Keep my social life & stuff, but also caring about school, keeping my room clean and going to bed at a reasonable hour.
And in 2 years, after I go to college, I can start living the life the way I want to. Just like I said, passionate and co.

My questions are: While this sounds like a good plan to me, I understand that other people may find flaws in it. What is your opinion? What should I change? Should I give up this plan altogether?
AND: A lot of people are already getting responsible by their 20. And I plan on living my wildest part of my life around that age. Will I disappoint ? Will people start avoiding me because I act childish? What do you think?

Thanks in advance :) .
Since there aren’t enough characters available in the Best Answer description, I will just put it here.

You assumed that I live in the US – and I’m not. I live in the Eastern Europe.
There are probably different conceptions about “life” . Over here, parents are way more strict than how they are in US (I assume here too, everything I know about the way of living over there is found out over the internet). My parents are strict even by our conception.

I do want to go out, to stay out late and go to parties. I drink, but only occasionally (at parties – and I’m not that much of a party person – more than once a week and I get cranky ) and I don’t get drunk every time. I know my limits, and I try not to push them unless I really want to. I’m not a drugs fan, so I don’t plan to try them any time soon. And about getting pregnant – no thanks, I’d rather pass it.
I just want to point out that I want to LIVE the best years of my life, and since my parents kinda hold me back, I have to postpon

admin answers:

Talk to any one older than 30, and they will tell you that your plan will backfire. If you put being a wild child in front of building a life, you will be sorry later. I am guessing that you want to go out, stay out late, drink, smoke, do drugs, get pregnant, and all of that “teenage stuff”? Your parents know much more than you do at this point. Do you pay attention to the state of our nation? I can tell you that if you are not at the top of your game, you will not be able to get too much more than a job at McDonald’s…. Try living on that income. You can’t.

There is something called balance. You want the pendulum to swing one way, your parents want it to swing the opposite way…. But, there is middle ground. Rather than be foolish, why not choose your path with goals and a plan? If you have goals and a plan, you will be able to determine which “wild” choices are OK and which ones will hinder your progress. This is the best of both worlds… The ability to know what to avoid, and what to go for….. It is called wisdom.

You are not missing out on much…. Drinking, carousing… This leads to hangovers and jail time. Your thinking is not too stable… And your only rationale is that you are a “teen and supposed to think like this” Who told you that??? There are many teens out there that see into the future…. Let me put it this way: All of us must wear a ball and chain around our ankle at some point in our lives. You can wear it when you are a youth, which means that you will do what is necessary, like school work and keeping yourself out of trouble and being responsible. OR…. You can choose to NOT wear it as a youth, and waste young years partying and with irresponsibility. SO…. Then you get to wear this ball and chain in your adult life…. Yup… Wasting your teen years with so called fun, rather than diligence… Now you get the ball and chain for adult life… Which means a low paying job, not enough money for the things you envisioned yourself having…. It will not be pretty, but you will have only yourself to blame, because being “free” has consequences. Believe me… You will have plenty of time to be “free” later…. Get the business of shaping your life out of the way first… Listen to your parents… You will be glad you did.

Paul asks…

What is the real point of education? Are we teaching the right subjects?

The purpose of school is supposedly to educate children so that they are able to function independently in the world once they reach adulthood. However, I do not think this is happening with the way education is taught at the moment. There are adolescents leaving school at the age of 16/18 who have very little knowledge about important subjects like politics, health, sex & relationships, ethics, crime, personal finance, etc. It’s all good and well for a person to be able to work out difficult mathematical equations and recite the capital cities of the world, but what’s the use if that same person has no idea about how to stay out of debt, perform first aid, obtain a mortgage, use contraception effectively, have sufficient political knowledge to vote in general elections or lead a healthy lifestyle? These are basic life skills which almost everybody will need at some point in their lives, yet they are not often not covered by standard school curriculum (not including the subjects briefly touched upon in PSHE classes, which are sometimes not even compulsory).

I’m NOT saying that the traditional subjects should no longer be taught in schools. Maths, English and Science in particular should retain their esteemed positions in the national curriculum, as well as variants of subjects such as History, Geography, Religious Studies, Computing and Foreign Languages. But it is my belief that subjects like Business, Drama, Statistics, Art, Media Studies and Music should play a much less key role in the curriculum until the student reaches the age of 16, at which point he/she should be able to specialise in whichever subjects they like.

I’d be interested to hear other people’s thoughts on this matter?

admin answers:

“to educate children so that they are able to function independently in the world once they reach adulthood. “….a long time ago this was the given,, now a days it is no longer true.

Ken asks…

Can I get into the US Army with inpatient/outpatient hospital records?(extended info provided)?

Hello, I was wondering if I could join the US Army when i’ve have records of being at (1) inpatient hospital for 5 days and (3) outpatient programs for about 8 days each time. I was 13-15 when sent to the 3 outpatient programs (One each year). I was 16 when I went to the 1 inpatient hospital. I was sent to the 3 outpatient programs for: Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Medication adjustments and for using marijuana. I went to the inpatient unit for the same reasons excluding drug usage, but they have on the record that I came in with about 5 small lacerations on my arm from self abuse, but they put down that they were not deep at all and were minor lacerations. They have it down that that had happened 2 times in my life. Also, they put down that I had minor suicidal thoughts, which I only admitted to having about 4 times in my life which were not serious. I never was put down for anything like psycosis. I had 2 positive drug tests in my life time, both for marijuana, but was not a heavy user. i’ve smoked about 20 times but it was only about 3 times a month at very little amounts. I am 17 years old now, and thinking of joining the Army when I am 18 and am wondering if this list of things in the past will prevent me from joining, I have been to a therapist 2 times a week for the past year and he says the improvement ive made since all that happened is incredible, from getting all As and Bs in school, to looking and acting like im happier and more confident and says I have healthy goals and am living a very healthy lifestyle. The things in the past were me being immature, i had a hard time making friends which got me pretty down. I took the whole summer to do extended school (normal hours) so I can get even more credits, ive been exercing daily and just trying to stay healthy. I want more than anything to be apart of the US Army and have for about a year now, part of the reason I started changing my life around was becasue of the dream to become a soldier.

I know this has been a long list, but I wanted this to be thourogh information. If there is any disqualification to any of the things I listed, is there alternatives, such as waivers? This is very important for me to get more information on so any information is grately appreciated!! God bless.
Also, would I be able to join the US marines?

admin answers:

HDH is right.

Depression + Suicidal thoughts may get you in. However, once self mutalation is thrown in, your chances have dropped significantly.

As for the Marines, their requirements are even more strict. Plus their basic training is even more harsh than army.

It sounds like you have your mind set on the military; but from what you’ve described, I doubt you would be able to get into any branch. Even if you didn’t say anything about any of this (which I’m not suggesting), the scars would show and that would raise the red flags. MEPS personnel are trained to find reasons NOT to accept you into the military. The lacerations would keep you out.

Hope this helps.

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Your Questions About Silicon Valley Health

Maria asks…

Cantaloupe is good for your Skin and body…?

Cantaloupe: Use Your Melon for Health and Beauty

Our girl Pamela Anderson has always known that when it comes to melons a girl should just go big.

But don’t fret, you don’t necessarily need to become a resident of the Silicon Valley in order to reap the many benefits that melons, especially cantaloupes, have to offer. health and fitness tips, nutrition tips
Cantaloupe Confidential

Check out the numerous health benefits offered by sweet, luscious cantaloupe:

- Combats Cancer: High in Vitamin C, an anti-oxidant which captures free-radicals

- Controls blood pressure: High in potassium which helps regulate blood pressure

- Reduces Heart Attacks and Stroke: Potassium in cantaloupe also helps control homocysteine, a substance known to trigger heart attacks and stroke

- Fiber: helps control weight and lowers cholesterol
Cantaloupe Keeps You Cute

Consistent with Dr. Nicholas Perricone’s acclaimed theory that good nutrition benefits your exterior as much as interior, cantaloupe has much to offer when it comes to getting beautified.

Cantaloupe melon has a high-water content and anti-oxidants that can work wonders for your complexion, creating clear, pore-less, radiant skin. Consider how many expensive, topical, Vitamin C products you see the lining store shelves every day. The reason these products are in high demand is because Vitamin C is proven to help skin defy age while improving tone, texture and radiance. Now, if applying Vitamin C externally gets good results, just imagine what taking Vitamin C internally can do?!

Think of canteloupe as a cheap, delicious ticket to skin success! Plus, the good dose of fiber in cantaloupe means it will keep you fuller, longer, exactly what you need to keep your diet plan on track and your butt in those sexy, cute-girl jeans.

I just thought to share this…

http://healthsundae.com/blog1/2007/08/28/cantaloupe-use-your-melon-for-health-and-beauty/

So how are you guys doing???

admin answers:

Wow that is interesting… I think for now on I’m going to eat Cantaloupe. :)

Linda asks…

Should we be concerned about this?

Food Rationing Confronts Breadbasket of the World
BY JOSH GERSTEIN – Staff Reporter of the Sun
April 21, 2008

http://www2.nysun.com/pf.php?id=74994&v=0173188021

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Many parts of America, long considered the breadbasket of the world, are now confronting a once unthinkable phenomenon: food rationing. Major retailers in New York, in areas of New England, and on the West Coast are limiting purchases of flour, rice, and cooking oil as demand outstrips supply. There are also anecdotal reports that some consumers are hoarding grain stocks.

At a Costco Warehouse in Mountain View, Calif., yesterday, shoppers grew frustrated and occasionally uttered expletives as they searched in vain for the large sacks of rice they usually buy.

“Where’s the rice?” an engineer from Palo Alto, Calif., Yajun Liu, said. “You should be able to buy something like rice. This is ridiculous.”

The bustling store in the heart of Silicon Valley usually sells four or five varieties of rice to a clientele largely of Asian immigrants, but only about half a pallet of Indian-grown Basmati rice was left in stock. A 20-pound bag was selling for $15.99.

“You can’t eat this every day. It’s too heavy,” a health care executive from Palo Alto, Sharad Patel, grumbled as his son loaded two sacks of the Basmati into a shopping cart. “We only need one bag but I’m getting two in case a neighbor or a friend needs it,” the elder man said.

The Patels seemed headed for disappointment, as most Costco members were being allowed to buy only one bag. Moments earlier, a clerk dropped two sacks back on the stack after taking them from another customer who tried to exceed the one-bag cap.

“Due to the limited availability of rice, we are limiting rice purchases based on your prior purchasing history,” a sign above the dwindling supply said.

Shoppers said the limits had been in place for a few days, and that rice supplies had been spotty for a few weeks. A store manager referred questions to officials at Costco headquarters near Seattle, who did not return calls or e-mail messages yesterday.

An employee at the Costco store in Queens said there were no restrictions on rice buying, but limits were being imposed on purchases of oil and flour. Internet postings attributed some of the shortage at the retail level to bakery owners who flocked to warehouse stores when the price of flour from commercial suppliers doubled.

The curbs and shortages are being tracked with concern by survivalists who view the phenomenon as a harbinger of more serious trouble to come.

“It’s sporadic. It’s not every store, but it’s becoming more commonplace,” the editor of SurvivalBlog.com, James Rawles, said. “The number of reports I’ve been getting from readers who have seen signs posted with limits has increased almost exponentially, I’d say in the last three to five weeks.”

Spiking food prices have led to riots in recent weeks in Haiti, Indonesia, and several African nations. India recently banned export of all but the highest quality rice, and Vietnam blocked the signing of a new contract for foreign rice sales.

“I’m surprised the Bush administration hasn’t slapped export controls on wheat,” Mr. Rawles said. “The Asian countries are here buying every kind of wheat.” Mr. Rawles said it is hard to know how much of the shortages are due to lagging supply and how much is caused by consumers hedging against future price hikes or a total lack of product.

“There have been so many stories about worldwide shortages that it encourages people to stock up. What most people don’t realize is that supply chains have changed, so inventories are very short,” Mr. Rawles, a former Army intelligence officer, said. “Even if people increased their purchasing by 20%, all the store shelves would be wiped out.”

At the moment, large chain retailers seem more prone to shortages and limits than do smaller chains and mom-and-pop stores, perhaps because store managers at the larger companies have less discretion to increase prices locally. Mr. Rawles said the spot shortages seemed to be most frequent in the Northeast and all the way along the West Coast. He said he had heard reports of buying limits at Sam’s Club warehouses, which are owned by Wal-Mart Stores, but a spokesman for the company, Kory Lundberg, said he was not aware of any shortages or limits.

An anonymous high-tech professional writing on an investment Web site, Seeking Alpha, said he recently bought 10 50-pound bags of rice at Costco. “I am concerned that when the news of rice shortage spreads, there will be panic buying and the shelves will be empty in no time. I do not intend to cause a panic, and I am not speculating on rice to make profit. I am just hoarding some for my own consumption,” he wrote.

For now, rice is available at Asian markets in California, though consumers have fewer choices when buying the largest bags. “At our neighborhood store, it’s very expensive, more than $30″ for a 25-pound bag, a housewife from Mountain View, Theresa Esquerra, said. “I’m not going to pay $30. Maybe we’ll just eat bread.”

admin answers:

The answer is ‘HELL YES!’ There were, are and will be people starving all over the world the difference right now is that here in the good ‘ol US of A we have farmers growing corn not for food but to be made into fuel for cars….. Human beings sacrificed on the alter of greed so that yuppie socker moms can put cheap gas in minivans and multi-national corporations can make millions! Sometimes we might wish that gasoline were died blood red and the sounds of whimpering children starving to death were played as the gas pumped just to put things in perspective for the folks at home. As for food rationing here, well you better stock up!

Lisa asks…

How can I find economist jobs available in Munich, Germany if I live in Washington, DC?

I am currently a graduate student enrolled in the U.S. I am an American citizen and I graduate with my master’s in economics in December 2011. After graduation I would like to move to Germany and be a research economist, preferably for a think tank that’s non-profit. I’d really like microeconomics more than macro – I want to work in either the fields of health care, poverty economics, or labor markets. A german gov’t research entity the equivalent of the BLS, BEA, etc. would also be OK as long as they can hire foreign nationals. Many German think tanks are located in Berlin but the job has to be in Munich as it’s the Silicon Valley of Germany and my boyfriend could easily find a job there.

I have been trying to find websites with job posts for abuot an hour but it’s incredibly difficult and most of them are just very ‘spammy’. I’ll give best answers points!!!

Please include links to as many sites as you can and offer your own advice and suggestions : )

Thank you sooooo much!
I should not for the rude jerk trying to crush my dreams that I worked at a research institute in DC doing health care economics for 2 years before going back to pursue my MAE – I happen to have some small degree of experience in non-profits and government.
Not to mention various internship experiences throughout my undergraduate career – i.e. semester away and summer programs…..jerk

admin answers:

If you’re a student your issues can be many and varied, from Choosing your career road to landing a temporary job. The website in the box below has a lot of tips for students, and they have things about job hunting aswell.

Sandra asks…

If all of the 1% of wealth is in Washington DC, why haven’t the OWS crowd moved from NY to DC?

http://hotair.com/archives/2011/10/19/the-1-percent-d-c-metro-area-the-wealthiest-in-the-nation/

Federal employees whose compensation averages more than $126,000 and the nation’s greatest concentration of lawyers helped Washington edge out San Jose as the wealthiest U.S. metropolitan area, government data show.

The U.S. capital has swapped top spots with Silicon Valley, according to recent Census Bureau figures, with the typical household in the Washington metro area earning $84,523 last year. The national median income for 2010 was $50,046.

Total compensation for federal workers, including health care and other benefits, last year averaged $126,369, compared with $122,697 in 2009, according to Bloomberg News calculations of Commerce Department data. There were 170,467 federal employees in the District of Columbia as of June. The Washington area includes the District of Columbia, parts of Northern Virginia, eastern Maryland and eastern West Virginia.

admin answers:

Because they don’t want to disrupt where their hand outs come from nor tick off their Messiah

Ruth asks…

When will liberals admit their policies have destroyed California and will destroy America?

California isn’t what it used to be. Sure, America’s most populous state, with 37.3 million people, is still home to Hollywood, “The OC,” Silicon Valley and other cultural and economic engines. But for average Americans, the state seems to have lost its appeal.

No longer is California the larger-than-life destination where anything’s possible — the pot of gold at the end of our collective path westward.

It’s too crowded and pricey for that.

http://articles.cnn.com/2011-06-27/us/california.dream.census.slump_1_groves-california-for-other-states-slower-rate?_s=PM:US

For the past 50 years the Democratic government in California has flooded the state with illegals, they even pressured Washington to give 3 million illegals amnesty, this huge influx of illegals has placed enormous strains on the state’s infrastructure, education system and health system so taxes had to be raised, this in turn squeezed the middle class more and more and until they began to leave the state in droves during the 1990s and continued to this day, for red states such as Texas.

What more proof do people need to see that liberalism destroys, it’s there for all to see in the giant failed experiment that is California!
What does economy size mean to ordinary people? Brazil has a larger economy than the UK but does that mean the Brazilian people have better living than the British people, hell no! Face it life is better to the middle class and more affordable in every other state than than in California, liberalism has destroyed your state and it happened long before Arnie!

admin answers:

Born and raised and 5th generation Ca. Take it from me, most of the nation is clueless and think we make it up about the price of gas has been over $4 per gallon for a year and in many parts now over $5 per gallon. They think we’re lying about 2 bedroom / 1 bath lil’ 60 year old houses priced well over $300,000 and those are fixer uppers……and over $400,000 in some communities in move in conditions. Yet most employers in the last few years that are actually hiring, are paying $10 hr for what they once paid $30 – 40k a year salaries. Then the biggee…..most of the nation screams at 9%+ unemployment in their states and have been clueless that CA has been hovering around 15%+ this entire time. 6 northern CA counties are still over 11%. A number of employers who have been based in CA for decades have left the state last year to resume elsewhere in business friendlier climates.

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Your Questions About Healthy Food Choices

Susan asks…

What are good healthy food choices for studying?

As a university student, I always tend to pick unhealthy food choices while studying. I always have the need to eat something. So I was wondering if there were any quick snacks I can conjure up for those long nights.

admin answers:

You can buy chewy bars or granola bars, they are what I call brain food. Also pasta gives you energy, do if you are going to crash styding one night drink pasta with cold coca cola.
Any cereal or grain snack is very good.

Mark asks…

What are some healthy food choices for my one year old?

I don’t want to be the too busy mom who warms up mac and cheese or spaghetti O’s for her little one. I want him to have healthy meals to set him up to make healthy decisions later on. I’m just running out of ideas for him. He won’t be one until September, but he already is through with me spoon feeding him. Also, I’m so used to watching how much he eats by reading the ounces posted on the side of the baby food jar. How do you know how much food to give a pre-toddler?

admin answers:

I guess it really depends on how well your baby is doing with eating foods of different textures at this point. I agree with previous posters, soft foods like bitesize pieces of fruit (I’d steam harder fruits like apples and pears bc they can be too hard to swallow if they cant chew well, and cut grapes in half to minimize the choking risk) and steamed veggies. You can make soft things like quesadillas filled with cheese and shredded chicken and just cut them into really tiny chunks. Breads, spaghetti/pastas, hot dogs cut into small pieces…. Probably your baby could eat a lot of what you are aleady preparing for the rest of your family to eat. Just be sure that it isnt too hard to chew, and that it’s in bite sized pieces. You can give them a portion the size of your palm, and if they want more, let them eat until they are done! You dont have to use extreme portion control, so long as you are feeding them healthy meals and your baby isnt overweight (which your doctor would tell you if it was something you needed to be concerned about.)

Ruth asks…

What are healthy food choices for someone who wants to lose 40 pounds?

I am 20yrs old, male, 220 and I want to lose 40 pounds. I box 4 times and week and I also run when I have the chance, however, I eat everything. When I start it’s difficult to stop. I want foods that are healthy and I could eat and not gain much weight. I must admit that I have slowed down on the food I eat!

admin answers:

Lettuce & tomatoes
Carrot & celery sticks
Baked potato
Broiled chicken or fish
Tuna
Non-fat yogurt
Non-fat pudding
Sugar-free jello
Cheerios
Shredded Wheat
Oatmeal
All fruits
All vegetables
All juices
1% milk

NO SODA, MAYO, SUGARY ANYTHING, FRIED ANYTHING, FAST-FOODS (except salad or baked potato).

John asks…

Healthy food choices for a job that can be somewhat sedentary at times?

I work security at a plant and at times it can be very sedentary. I work 12.5 Hour shifts and try to eat abt every two hours. I need healthy food options that will not cause me to gain alot of weight. I do go to the gym after work most day.

admin answers:

Lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. No processed crap, no sodas.

Carol asks…

What are some healthy food choices for a second time pregnancy?

Please help me! I am pregnant for the second time, but I swear I am always hungry. I have been eating fast food, which I am ashamed about because I know it’s poison for you. But by the time I get out of work, I am so hungry I am shaking and I know it would take too long to cook. I gained 8 pounds in 2 weeks, and that was the final straw. What are some suggestions for quick, healthy meals for me? I CANNOT blow up, I did such a good job with my first.

admin answers:

I ate tons of salad and sandwiches the second time around. Yogurt smoothies for breakfast (made at home…those at the smoothie places tend to be full of sugar and other empty calories, and are WAY too expensive). Egg salad, peanut butter (occasionally) and such for lunch. I made lots of salad ahead of time. I would have some chopped chicken from the night before, or some cheese, or some chopped egg in the salad. Also, don’t use fat free dressing. You need a little fat for 2 reasons: it helps you feel fuller, and it also helps your body absorb the vitamins in the salad. Low fat is fine. I LOVE full-fat ranch. I would prefer to eat most of the salad dry, then have a few bites at the end with the really yummy stuff than eat some low-fat dressing.

Don’t be ashamed about the fast food. I’m pretty much off of it, as I feel very sleepy after eating it. With 2 homeschooled kids, I have NO time for being tired! Still, it’s OK to have a treat every now and then.

Worst case scanario, you will gain some weight. I gained a TON with my first child, and after two children, I now weigh less than I did when I got married. Of course, there are risks with excessive weight gain, but I gained SO much, and I was fine.

Edit: Almonds are GREAT to fill you up.

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Your Questions About Obesity Epidemic Questions

Mary asks…

reality television : an epidemic dumbing down the american youth by gluing them to the tube, escaping life?

haha i love this question…what do you think? i personally love reality tv. even though most of it isnt too “real”. its all in good fun on the surface but is it dangerous to our society (im american) watching excess tv is a serious contribution to obesity ( im a chub chub), ignorance, laziness, our youth reading less, etc. i love it BUT too much of anything is bad. anyway on a less serious note: who watches i love new york? i love that show dammit! message me if you want darlings! l8ter!

(ha ha i love how i said “our youth” when i just turned 17. lmao.)

admin answers:

I do not watch “reality” TV, it is just too stupid, almost painful to watch. No offense to you, dear, but this younger generation, is going to hell in a hand basket. I hope there is a few of you kids that have your head on straight.

Ruth asks…

D you think that I should have seen this trolling set up coming?

Question: Is religion responsible for the epidemic of obesity in the U.S. today?

Question Details: Given that various religions restrict certain activities such as masturbation, certain kinds of sexual pleasures, drug use, and various other earthly pleasures to varying degrees, one of the pleasures which remains is the consumption of food. In the absence of these forbidden pleasures, does food become one which may be abused, therefore leading many of various religious beliefs to consume food in excess? PLEASE NOTE: I have reviewed the Community Guidelines, and this question is none of the following: Venting, ranting, or using hate speech. Chatting or otherwise violating the question-and-answer format. Being mean or obscene. Exploiting the community. Cheating. Violating the law. Behaving maliciously. Misusing Answers. Doing harm. Thank you. THE MIGHTY RA: FYI, I’ve reported your response since it does NOT answer my question. I posted this again because someone reported it previously,
I cant remember who this was but certainly watch out for them
I said basically that He didn’t like fat people and was continually asking this question till he got the answer he wanted to hear
what a pompous arsehole
It was my answer that was reported

admin answers:

He has a point you know…. The bible belt of America is the fattest place in the world.

Plus, drugs and sexual activity help people stay thin…..

At the same time though, I do agree that he shouldn’t have reported your answer.

Lisa asks…

Is it just me… children…too many… weight concerns?

It saddens me just how many children i find 13 years old and such concerned that they’re fat or are overweight! I have 5 children and they are health conscience, my husband and I work hard to promote a healthy food/eating experience in their lives so that it will become apart of their lives now and stay with them as they grow! They really enjoy their food lifestyle while we still allow them to be children; we incorporate these good things into the regular diet! Our whole family gets great products and there is a wonderful children line that my children take, they are ages 3-11 and they love it! I guess my question is, with obesity being such the epidemic it is where are all the parents? We have to put in the effort to help keep our children safe, and good-eating habits are safety from death!! Does anyone else feel the same? If anyone wants to look at the products we use as a family the website is: http://www.2ahealthysuccess-mall.com the site owner is willing to happy to provide info!

admin answers:

I think it has a lot to do with today’s society and just kids being kids. Everyone knows that the “fat” kid is one of those who gets teased a lot. Girls are starting puberty at ages 6-9 because they are overweight. So by the time they hit their teens they’re obese and face a ton of ridicule by their peers and I know that from experience. Not every family has the resources to promote healthy eating habits, and not many try either. So it’s now being left up to the schools to teach kids how to eat and exercise to stay healthy. With all the teasing and bullying going on, it’s no wonder 12-13 yr olds want to lose weight. I’d be concerned too if I found out I had diabetes and I wasn’t even in high school yet. I guess it’s society’s “what’s hot” look and the pressure to look a certain that might push some kids to worry about that stuff too. Either way it’s not a good situation to think about.

Thomas asks…

A question about fedral agencies?

I am writing an government class essay and it is about the epidemic of obesity among american children. It should include an identification of the federal agencies, executive branch officials, and committees or members of congress responsible for addressing the problem.

Can someone help?

admin answers:

Just write “THEY ARE TOO FAT”
and that should cover it.

Mandy asks…

Infant mortality: Is this what we want to see in our country?

I was reading the NYTimes and saw the following article:

“In what health experts call an ominous portent, progress has stalled and in recent years the death rate has risen in Mississippi and several other states.

The setbacks have raised questions about the impact of cuts in welfare and Medicaid and of poor access to doctors, and, many doctors say, the growing epidemics of obesity, diabetes and hypertension among potential mothers, some of whom tip the scales here at 300 to 400 pounds.

“I don’t think the rise is a fluke, and it’s a disturbing trend, not only in Mississippi but throughout the Southeast,” said Dr. Christina Glick.”

Is this how we care for the children who are living?

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/22/health/22infant.html?_r=1&hp=&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1177293356-PVl8mrK9nZltu7eV6JrEKw

admin answers:

What they do not talk about is the high influx of illegals, nor do they talk about the excessive numbers of young unmarried kids who are getting knocked up and thinking they can hide it from their parents. Don’t take all you read to heart. There is more often than not a whole other story on the other side of the coin. Especially with news print.

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Your Questions About Food Safety Questions For Kids

Susan asks…

parents of kids with serious food allergies:?

how much confidence do you have that when your child is away from home they always ask about or read ingredients before eating something? how much confidence do you have that they won’t necessarily just take an adult’s word for the fact a food is safe if that adult isn’t very knowledgeable about the allergy and about how often the allergen shows up as a hidden ingredient in foods where you don’t see or taste it? what do you do to make sure your child will be appropriately advocating for her own safety?

i worry a lot about my quiet 10-year-old as she starts eating more meals at other kids‘ houses. their parents know about the allergy, of course, but whether they know that there are nuts in the multigrain cheerios or plain m&ms or salsa or whatever is another question entirely. i *hope* my daughter asks every time, but i worry that she won’t pursue it if the parent says “don’t worry, this is fine for you.”
you are all quite tactful, lol. i do talk at length with other parents about the allergy and how serious it is and how to read labels for it. [there are way too many foods that can have nuts to make a comprehensive list ... virtually anything can if made in a facility that makes other things with nuts]. my main concern is how to train my daughter so that she also is advocating for herself, so when the parent slips up despite my warnings she still catches that before eating something that could make her stop breathing.

admin answers:

It’s a big leap of faith to expect parents who don’t deal with these types of allergies to be sufficiently on top of things to ensure your daughter’s safety.

Perhaps it falls to you, as the parent, to speak with her friend’s parents, and explain your concerns. They can help her become more assertive in asking, but they can also demonstrate that they DO know the food is safe by showing her the ingredients, or explaining how they know it’s ok.

Failing that, it sounds like you’ll have to send her with her own food, to feel completely safe.

Good luck.

Michael asks…

??? concerning foster kids and their safety?

I’m a fairly new foster parent. I had 2 children placed in my home last April (1st for me). At the time, we were told they had displayed no behavior problems. We were their 5th placement (in under 2 months) but when we questioned why they had been moved so much, we were told it was problems with the foster homes, not the kids. So we take these 2 kids in. Right away, we see huge problems and when we start complaining, DSS starts telling us why they were really moved so many times. The girl, who was almost 2, seemed to be doing ok. You could tell that she had been neglected & probably spent most of her 18 months with the parents in a crib. She could walk but not well, very clumsy, didn’t know how to walk down the stairs, etc. You could also tell she had some emotional issues (she had severe diarrhea all the time & she couldn’t get enough to eat). She spent most of her time in our kitchen looking for food. She didn’t know how to play & she didn’t talk very much. Her eating problems made me feel like these kids had gone some time w/o food.

The boy had severe issues, showing signs of all kinds of abuse (sexually, mentally, physically, emotionally, you name it). He demanded attention all the time, good or bad. He would hide food around our home. He would break toys & hit the other kids (I have 2 boys of my own). Once he tried to hit my beagle with a bat & when I yelled at him to stop (I saw him from the window), he turned around & smiled a smile that sent chills up my back. You could tell this child was evil. He would pee in our bedroom floor & when we caught him, he started peeing in the bathroom but not in the toilet, he would pee in the trash cans or on the wall. We finally had the child moved, not because of this behavior so much but because of the sexual behavior he was trying to demonstrate on the other kids. He would put his sisters face in his crotch or tell my toddler to look at his “D*ck”. He would get out of the tub & shake his privates & say, “hey mom, look at that thing”. It was truly disturbing. We kept him for 5 months before they moved him to be the only child in a home. By this time, we had gotten him started w/ a counselor but only because we pushed so hard. They didn’t think he needed it.

He went to stay with an elderly couple (they had kept both kids for respite so he knew them) but his behavior only got worse. DSS lied to them as much as they lied to us so after a few months, they had to move him again (DSS had told them they would pay for his daycare since they did volunteer work but then a month later, told them that they wouldn’t be doing it anymore so she requested that he be moved). Now he is w/ a lady that is so passive & again, his behavior has only gotten worse. He’s done stuff like sneaking out of his carseat, jumping around her seat & jerking the steering wheel, causing her to land in a ditch. He’s locked her out of the house (it was dark & she went out to take the trash). He turned on all the lights in the house & started throwing stuff at the windows. He’s spent time in a psych ward (he’s only 4 now). He bites the blood out of people & he pulls his pants down in headstart & pees on the toys. He’s really out of control.

So, here’s my question: DSS knows the parents abused him (these kids are in care because mom burned the skin off his genitals & he ended up in the burn center w/ 2nd degree burns). He will tell you she did it. DSS says his testimony is not enough to keep him from going back b/c the parents have done the requirements to get them back. DSS agrees that they shouldn’t go back b/c the parents have done the minimal amt to get them back, nothing more). No changed have been made with these parents & we all know they will end up back in care in a short amt of time…unless of course, he’s dead before then. Mom & dad both favor the little girl but apparently not enough to keep from neglecting her. The parents just got unsupervised visits in their home (6 hours including drive time to & from daycare) & the little girl came back last week w/ the same diaper on & her pants soaked w/ pee from not being changed so long. The kids also tell us they eat chocolate cereal for lunch when they go there. The little girl is back to severe diarrhea & eating like she’s starving all the time. This weekend was hell b/c she was constantly searching for food, even though she just had dinner (and I mean instantly looking, not 2 hrs later)

I’m just having a hard time believing that nothing else can be done to protect these kids when we all know they don’t need to go back? Since I’m new at this, I want to make sure I shouldn’t be doing something else to help these kids. I don’t want their blood on my hands because I fail to do something that I didn’t know I could do to help w/ this. I know some of you guys are social workers… Any suggestions? By the way, they are getting read
to move him again. His foster mom can’t take much more. He is currently in extensive therapy (in home and at school) but DSS doesn’t want to move him to therapeutic care because they said they didn’t want to “label him” in case he goes for adoption.

admin answers:

Not sure what you believe DSS can do..they believe in reunification no matter the cost it seems…just as a few people in this section don’t believe in adoption, no matter the cost.

Really sad

Mary asks…

Under what circumstances would you call the cops about an 11-year-old boy?

I’m in an apartment complex, and planning to try buying a house later this year. I realize awful neighbors are part of the package with apartment living, but I have one neighbor that is far above the average level of “awful neighbor.”

He’s 11 years old.

Day 1 in our new apartment, this kid did 2 things that had us ready to fight or move. My kids (3&5) were eating Happy Meals just outside the door, and when I came through with a box, my 3-yr-old had no food. My 5-yr-old told me “that boy” asked if he could have it, my 3-yr-old said “okay” (which is his standard response to big kidsquestions) and the kid walked off with his dinner. Later that evening, my 5-yr-old ran outside in his underwear (not used to apartments) and the kid used a camera phone to take posed pictures of him with virtually no clothes on.

We’ve stressed to my kids rules about safety, and that this big kid is not their friend, but my 5-yr-old, for some reason likes him and thinks they’re buddies.

Tonite, though, this kid has made me fear for our safety. I was grilling outside, and had to run inside to use the bathroom. I stupidly left a bag of quick-lite charcoal briquettes outside, and when I came back, another kid took me around the side of our apartment and there was this kid with several, lighting them and watching them burn in grass within feet of our bedroom window.

Everytime there’s an incident, we go to his mother, and my husband has gone to the apt office a few times, but each offense is worse than the last. The mom thinks her son’s an angel, and it’s like he gets more vindictive everytime we complain.

What would you do? It’s just the one kid, and I am NOT cool with breaking our lease and going through a move to basically run from a child.

Would you call the cops on a child in a situation like this?
Somuthus: Well, thank goodness you answered my question. Tell me, have you ever considered writing a book to teach idiots like me how to be a perfect parent, just like you?

Where would you suggest children should be in the process of moving? For their safety, I had them out of the way, in the one place I was likely to see them the most. Of course I don’t “let” my son run outside in his undies, but he’s far from the first 5-year-old to have darted outside in his underroos. I am more strict about watching them than almost every parent in our complex.

If the food had to cook for about 30 minutes, plus the time to get the briquettes ready, what should I have done when I had to pee?

I’ll thank you to stop acting like a self-righteous moron and try to force yourself to be helpful or shut up.

And you, at the bottom, I don’t need your opinion of what I gave my kids for dinner. An occasional meal of chicken nuggets, apple slices and lowfat milk is not going to ruin them.
kprofait…: I don’t know of all that many neighbors who have a huge problem with him, but I do find it odd that his best friends (our actual neighbors, he lives in another building) will tell me immediately if he’s getting into trouble. They play because their neighbors, but I get the feeling the kid is kind of out there on his own. His mom isn’t ever out there with him, from the time he gets home from school until after dark, he’s skateboarding or otherwise getting into trouble. I’ve seen and heard a lot of arguments between him and the other kids in the complex, mainly with the other kids saying he’s gonna get in trouble and they aren’t going down with him. Along those same lines, the adults don’t seem to be openly irritated with him, but they do seem wary of him.

I can handle an abrasive personality, but I can’t and won’t tolerate him taking advantage of my kids and putting my family, and others in the complex, in danger.

admin answers:

I would call the police especially about the incident of taking pictures of your child in his underwear. Maybe it’s just a “kid” thing but you never know. If nothing else, you would have a report on file if this 11 yr old harms your children or other children in the complex.

While my husband is the first to admit that he gets called to a lot of “nuisance” calls that take him away from helping others, he would agree that any time that children are involved, it is important for the police to become involved. 1) for safety of both the child victims and the one causing the trouble, and 2) if left alone with no authority interaction or someone telling him this is wrong behavior, a criminal is being born.

I would suggest that you contact the police with the next incident, and also start putting your complaints in writing to the apartment manager so that you have copies of the complaints.

Good luck to you.

Linda asks…

Should you be responsible for safe products or should companies not sell unsafe products?

In a libertarian Republcian world you would be responsible for the safety of food and toys for your kids. Do you have the time and resources to check products yourself or should there be big government regulations stopping lead paint toys before they get to stores? And the bigger question is why can`t our fading generations have the morals to make safe products the first time around?

admin answers:

In my opinion, it is a bit of both. You’re right: companies should be enjoined from selling obviously and egregiously dangerous products (well, dangerous in ways other than that which they were built for in the first place…I can only imagine what some nanny-staters would have us do with chainsaws, etc…). I do not like the idea of extra-flammable baby clothes, for example.

That being said, the extent to which some people think the government should protect consumers from unforeseen consequences is ridiculous. A perfect case in point was Vioxx. The drug had passed every FDA test for safety and efficacy, and was one of the most effective drugs available to help those who suffered from acute arthritis live full, productive lives. Unfortunately, it was eventually pulled because it was shown that if one were to take enough of it to kill a horse, and KEEP taking it at that level for a month, it might give one person in 1000 a heart attack.

Nancy asks…

Questions about the military?

Just a random thought.. I am interested in the benefits of the military and stability of work, but never really knew if all of the training would balance it out. Also, as a child I refused to even consider joining the military because I was your typical punk kid who opposed the government. I am a food safety inspecter (I do health inspections in restaurants) and am going to graduate soon an a Culinary Artist. Also, I am married now.. Any random information anyone can provide me, mostly about what my husband would do, how long you’re gone for, benefits, experience you’ve had, how it’s changed your life? I don’t know anything about different branches. I live in Jacksonville, FL. Thanks.

admin answers:

The benifits are great, but when you know that even in the littlelest of ways you have helped your fellow mankind out in times of need and stuck up for your country thats the greatest reward of them all, and besides you can get in someplace that wouldn’t mean going to a battle field, cooks are always needed forthose hungery men and woman out there seving us…God Bless all that are in the services no matter what branch..

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Your Questions About . Therapy Providence

Sandy asks…

my plans blew up in my face, i need to know some good clubs in providence r.i?

im in pawtucket and had plans to go to therapy tonight, but its more expensive than i thought. other than the complex, what are some good 18+ clubs in providence?

admin answers:

Here is a link to a whole list of places.

Http://city.ask.com/city?what=bars+clubs&where=Providence%2C+RI&mode=biz#1

Have fun!

Mark asks…

Could Anyone Hire Me From Providence?

I am 22 years old, have a high school education, I live in Pawtucket Rhode Island. I have volunteered at Charles Gate Nursing Home, taking care of the animals, as well as the Providence Animal Rescue Legue. I have experiance in handling animals, cleaning cages, pet therapy, and other things that have to do with Animals. I have also volunteered as a maid at the Japan Language and Cultural Center. So I can also vacuum, clean and organize.

I am trying to earn money for college. So please only serious answers.Thankyou!

admin answers:

If your considering working at home to make extra money so you can go to college, I know a great International (Japan) company to refer you to that will help tremendously. Please see my profile and email me because Yahoo doesn’t like for us to relay links. Good Luck!

John asks…

Can i get into University of Vermont, Northeastern University, Quinnipiac University, or Providence College?

I am a junior in high school, have a 3.48 GPA, 1450 on all SAT parts (but that was first time and definitely going to take them again) and National Honor Society member. Also, i participated on the Track & Field team for 2 years, basketball for 2 years, and football for 1 year. I also have many other clubs as well as working. I have taken AP bio, and plan on taking AP calc senior year. I plan on majoring in physical therapy, or civil/environmental engineering. My math grades have been pretty good for the most part, as well as my science grades. Do you think i can get into these colleges/universities, and what other schools in the north east have a good engineering program and/or physical therapy program?

admin answers:

You need to have a 4.0+ GPA to get into any college of your choice safely. But, you have time to work on your GPA and make sure that you have a very decent SAT score too.

I know this great site, unigo.com. I’ve posted some links for you from that site which would help you.

Http://www.unigo.com/university_of_vermont/

http://www.unigo.com/northeastern_university/

http://www.unigo.com/quinnipiac_university/

http://www.unigo.com/providence_college/

There you will also get to read reviews written by students who go there and other relevant information (like admission guidelines, contact details). Ideally, this should help you decide.
PS.. Dont forget to have fun while in school..:)

Robert asks…

I need a complete physical and no insurance. how would you go about by going to cook county hospital.?

I loss my medical when my daughter made 19. I am suppose to be on estrogen therapy. I havent .taken my pill in over a year, plus I need a physical inside and out. Im not working and lately I have been having problems health wise. Would I just go in or do you need to make a appointment. Which hospital would be better Cook county or Providence. Both are suppose to county hospitals,.

admin answers:

Try getting a cheap health policy before you go to the hospital. You may want to try a website that compares multiple companies at once to get you the best price. I am paying less than ½ after I did.

Go to: http://www.insureme.com/landing.aspx?Refby=616163&Type=health

Take care,
Casey

Sandra asks…

Transgender in Rhode Island?

Does anyone know of a psychiatrist (preferably in the north providence to woonsocket area) that i may start seeing so that i can work towards starting a hormone therapy? And do i need to become a patient at a medical center to take hormones? I dont have health insurance, and theres no way that I can afford it =( i can make enough money to pay for psychiatrists and hormones, but i cant afford health insurance.

IDK what to do, i just want to be happy in life =( i just want to be a real girl.

admin answers:

From the DrBecky.com list of trans friendly therapists:

Marie D. Sauro, Ph.D.
Wayland Wellness Associates
120 Wayland Ave., Suite 4B
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 829-7527
www.AimForChange.com

They are the only one in northern Rhode Island. Keep in mind therapists run about $100-150/hr and per the Standards of Care they need to evaluate you for 3 months before okaying you for hormone replacement therapy. If you’re lucky they may be willing to work on a sliding scale. Also hormones, especially if bought retail (like Walgreens) can be EXPENSIVE.

You sound kind of young, I would suggest you join an on-line support group like this one:

http://www.TrueSelves.com They specialize in young transitioners.

P.s. You are a real girl.

Edit: Learn more about transition here:

http://www.LynnConway.com

http://www.TSRoadmap.com

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