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The United States Of Obesity 2011

From CalorieLab -  A visualization of the highest rates of obesity in the US.  

A bit unrelated -- but does this have any correlation with cost of living?  I live in Massachusetts, who lands at the bottom of the obesity list, but it costs an arm and leg to live here.  As does NY and California.  Just thinking about it because I am in the process of looking at costs of everything.  In that same line of thought:  I suppose I should avoid ALL of the orange areas like the plague with my already formerly morbidly obese myself, and overweight kids?  It's just ASKING for more trouble.  Let's hit COLORADO.


CalorieLab -

Most Obese States

Alabama remained in second place, while Tennessee dropped from last year’s tie with Alabama down to fourth place. West Virginia rose from fourth place last year to third place this year. Kentucky rose from last year’s seventh place to tie with last year’s fifth fattest state, Louisiana.

Although Mississippi took first place in 2011 based on the three-year average used in the rankings, both its one-year overweight and its one-year obesity percentages fell in comparison to the previous year, while Alabama’s one-year figures rose. If this trend continues, Alabama may displace Mississippi as the fattest state within two years.

Thinnest States

Colorado repeats as the slimmest state, despite an increase in obesity of 0.7 percent over three years. The District of Colombia was the second slimmest state, changing places with Connecticut.

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Starbucks Mocha Coconut Frappuccino Blended Beverage SWAP


What follows is a Hungry Girl Recipe, with MM modifications added.  

Now, you must know the honest truth: the Mocha Coconut Beverage on the Starbucks menu skeeves me out. It could be that I am SO. HARDWIRED. FOR. DUMPING. AFTER. GASTRIC. BYPASS... because I know what it would DO TO ME that I can't even imagine attempting the real thing.  I have NEVER had a real Starbucks Frap.  Ever.

But, every time I'm in the store with someone else, THEY are freaking DROOLING over them, and this new concotion, is a particular fave.

And, yes, one of my favorite candies is a "Mounds Bar"-- not that I can actually eat those either. I do hit the Atkins Coconut Bars once in a while.  *sigh*

But! I heart them forever. So, for you: a calorie and sugar swap that's worth a whirl.

Continue reading "Starbucks Mocha Coconut Frappuccino Blended Beverage SWAP" »

Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers

Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers - My kids are obsessed with boneless chicken anything.  This is a winner, and low in carbs.


From EatingWell:  August/September 2005, The EatingWell Healthy in a Hurry Cookbook (2006)

Instead of batter-dipped, deep-fried nuggets, we coat chicken tenders in a seasoned almond and whole-wheat flour crust and then oven-fry them to perfection. With half the fat of standard breaded chicken tenders, you can enjoy to your (healthy) heart's content.

Makes 4 servings Active Time: 20 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes


  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour  (You could probably use ALMOND FLOUR instead - MM)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 pound chicken tenders, (see Ingredient Note)


  1. Preheat oven to 475°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set a wire rack on the baking sheet and coat it with cooking spray.
  2. Place almonds, flour, paprika, garlic powder, dry mustard, salt and pepper in a food processor; process until the almonds are finely chopped and the paprika is mixed throughout, about 1 minute. With the motor running, drizzle in oil; process until combined. Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish.
  3. Whisk egg whites in a second shallow dish. Add chicken tenders and turn to coat. Transfer each tender to the almond mixture; turn to coat evenly. (Discard any remaining egg white and almond mixture.) Place the tenders on the prepared rack and coat with cooking spray; turn and spray the other side.
  4. Bake the chicken fingers until golden brown, crispy and no longer pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes.


Per serving : 174 Calories; 4 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 2 g Mono; 66 mg Cholesterol; 4 g Carbohydrates; 27 g Protein; 1 g Fiber; 254 mg Sodium; 76 mg Potassium


From the OAC -- Share your Challenger Testimonial and Receive a Free Cookbook!

From the Obesity Action Coalition and the Your Weight Matters Campaign:

Share your Challenger Testimonial and Receive a Free Cookbook! 

Have you taken the Your Weight Matters campaign challenge and spoken to your healthcare professional about your weight? Then we want to hear from you! We are looking for Your Weight Matters campaign challenger testimonials! 

The first 50 people who send us their challenger testimonial will receive a free copy of the cookbook "CookWise with Chef Dave, Volume 1." Chef Dave is a weight-loss surgery patient and has made it his mission to provide culinary and nutritional information to those seeking help with their health goals. Chef Dave is also a member of the OAC's Advisory Board. 

We will be creating a new section to the Your Weight Matters campaign Web site, where we will be featuring these testimonials with the individuals first name and hometown state.

Please share with us how addressing your weight has affected your overall health.

  • Simply send an email to info@yourweightmatters.org, describing your experience with taking the Your Weight Matters campaign challenge and receive a free cookbook! We look forward to hearing from you about how the Your Weight Matters campaign helped you address your weight and improve your health. 

Today is your day.

You got what it takes you can win? 

You got what it takes you can win, 
Today is your day to begin. 
Don't give up here, don't you quit. 
The moment is now, this is it 
Know that you can then you will 
Get to the top of the hill 
Part of the fun is the climb 
You just gotta make up your mind 

That today is your day 
And nothing can stand in your way 
Today is your day 
Everything's goin' your way 
Today (you can do it) 
Today (c'mon c'mon) 
Today (c'mon do it) 

When somebody throws sticks and stones 
All they can break are your bones 
And life's gonna kick you around 
Then kick you again when you're down 

But today is your day 
And nothing can stand in your way 
Today is your day 

Everythings goin' your way 
Today (c'mon do it now) 

mmmm life's gonna kick you, its gonna kick you around, its gonna kick you down 

Brush yourself off no regrets 
This is as good as it gets 
Don't expect more or less 
Just go out and give it your best (give it your best) 

Today is your day 
And nothing can stand in your way 
Today is your day 
Everythings goin' your way 

Everything starts with one. Be that one. The Bully Project.

Don't tell me this doesn't effect you. - MM

The Bully Project Promo from Lee Hirsch on Vimeo.

The Bully Project: a year in the life of America’s bullying crisis

This year, over 18 million American kids will be bullied, making it the most common form of violence young people in the U.S. experience. Directed by Sundance- and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, The Bully Project is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary—at its heart are those with the most at stake and whose stories each represent a different facet of this bullying crisis. 

Following five kids and families over the course of a school year, the film confronts bullying’s most tragic outcomes, including the stories of two families who’ve lost children to suicide and a mother who waits to learn the fate of her 14 –year-old daughter, incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With rare access to the Sioux City Community School District, the film also gives an intimate glimpse into school busses, classrooms, cafeterias and even principles offices, offering insight into the often-cruel world of children, as teachers, administrators and parents struggle to find answers.

While the stories examine the dire consequences of bullying, they also give testimony to the courage and strength of the victims of bullying and seek to inspire real changes in the way we deal with bullying as parents, teachers, children, and in society as a whole. Through the power of these stories, The Bully Project aims to be a catalyst for change and to turn the tide on an epidemic of violence that has touched every community in the United States—and far beyond.


Eat MORE Butter! Okay, so maybe not THAT, but...

Butter Before weight loss surgery, I would bet that most of us tried a low-fat diet along with various other diet options.  

I have a not-so-fond memory of "fat-free" potato chips.  Fat-free fat carbohydrates.  They really did great things in my lower intestines.  

How's that working for you?

Not so much for me.  I actually did the "best" with a high fat low-carb style diet, but I still ultimately had weight loss surgery anyway. 

A new study suggests that fat substitutes in diet foods confuse the body, and do not help you lose weight at all.   The body wants the fats.

I know my body runs on full fats.  Low fat is not my friend post weight loss surgery.  Full fat food helps my digestion, blood sugar regulation and, um, excretion.  Probably helps a bit with my brain function too.  I'm not a nutritionist of course, so I would suggest asking yours for more advice on this topic, as to how much fat should a WLS'er eat if a WLS'er could eat fat.  Nutritionists suggestions vary.  ;)

Medical News Today

Fat substitutes used in popular snack foods to help people control weight may have the opposite effect, according to Purdue University research. 

"These substitutes are meant to mimic the taste of fat in foods that are normally high in fat while providing a lower number of calories, but they may end up confusing the body," said Susan E. Swithers, professor of psychological sciences. "We didn't study this in people, but we found that when rats consumed a fat substitute, learned signals that could help control food intake were disrupted, and the rats gained weight as a result. 

"Substituting a part of the diet with a similar tasting item that has fewer or zero calories sounds like a common-sense approach to lose weight, but there are other physiological functions at work. Tastes normally alert the body to expect calories, and when those calories aren't present we believe the systems become ineffective and one of the body's mechanisms to control food intake can become ineffective." 

The findings appear online in the current issue of Behavioral Neuroscience, which is published by the American Psychological Association. This research was funded by the National Institutes of Health. Swithers, as well as co-author Terry L. Davidson, a professor of psychological sciences, are members in Purdue's Ingestive Behavior Research Center. The study also was co-authored by undergraduate student Sean Ogden who graduated this spring. 

In this study, laboratory rats received crushed potato chips as a supplement to their diet, and then were divided into two groups that were given either a low-fat chow diet or a high-fat chow diet. 

These groups were each split into two smaller groups. One group on each diet was fed a mixture of high-fat chips and the fat-substitute chips, containing olestra, which is a synthetic fat with no calories, while the other group received only regular high-fat chips. The chips were provided for 28 days. Rats maintained on the high-fat chow diet gained more weight and developed more fatty tissue when they were given fat-substitute chips compared to the animals that ate only regular high-fat chips. 

"Again we are looking at an animal model, but there are similarities for humans, and based on what we found, we believe that our findings question the effectiveness of using fat substitutes as part of a long-term weight loss strategy," Davidson said. 

They also found when the group of rats that had previously consumed both fat substitute and high-fat chips were moved from a low-fat standard chow diet to a high-fat chow diet, they gained more weight. 

"What's interesting here is that weight gain occurred regardless of when the rats consumed the low-calorie, fat-substituted chips," Swithers said. "The rationale behind providing both high-fat and olestra chips was to ensure that the animals received similar cues related to the sensory properties of fat, but with different consequences. Without this kind of control, we would not know how they were interpreting the chips as high fat or not." 

In past studies, Swithers and Davidson have found that when rats consumed artificial sweeteners, they were more likely to overeat. They believe that a similar disruption of taste-calorie relations may be happening with both artificial sweeteners and fat substitutes. 

"When the mouth tastes something sweet or fatty it tells the body to prepare for calories, and this information is key to the digestive process," Swithers said. "This is a reminder to not discount the roles that taste and experience with food play in the way the body's systems work together." 

Amy Patterson Neubert 
Purdue University

Article URL: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/229429.php


AMA Adopts New Policies at 2011 Annual Meeting - Press Release

AMA Adopts New Policies at 2011 Annual Meeting - Press Release.
"The AMA adopted new policy to encourage advertising associations to work with public and private sector organizations concerned with child and adolescent health to develop guidelines for advertisements, especially those appearing in teen-oriented publications, that would discourage the altering of photographs in a manner that could promote unrealistic expectations of appropriate body image."

No more Photoshopped models?  Or at least the discouraging of such.  Oo

Love Love Love Your Vagina!

This is the actual song to promote the Mooncup, an insertable menstrual cup.

Who doesn't love a good song about vaginas? Created by ad agency St. Luke's for Mooncup (an insertable, reusable, silicon menstrual cup), this little ditty is intended to celebrate the various monikers of the mossy cottage, the little slit that somehow never seems to have as many glorious nicknames as its male counterpart. For posterity, Mooncup collected over 14,000 nicknames for the fluffy pink tutu, but only 25 made it into the song. It's a fun way to encourage talk and pride surrounding what is, frankly, a slightly scary product. To put it bluntly, there's a barrier to entry in this category of menstrual helpers. - Adweek

It's not scary, Adweek.  It's hilarious and real.

PS.  DivaT?  Please to learn this and sing it.