Karen Schulte had problems with her weight since first grade. But two years ago at the age of 40 and with weight of 217 pounds, she decided she had to do something about her weight. Now she is down to 154 pounds and is aiming to bring her weight down to 150 pounds.
How Karen was able to lose these pounds? She started her exercise program with a personal fitness trainer at Fitness Etcetera in West Roxbury, Mass. As Karen started losing weight, her trainer kept her motivated to go for a healthy diet. She just followed her physical trainer advices and started maintaining a food diary.

After losing a lot of pounds, she applied to Weight Watchers to be one of the inspiring stories of 2007. She did not get success in it but she was able to won a gift card of $100 that she had to spend on her clothes. Karen dropped from size 22 to size 10. She was even able to drop her shoes size from 91/2 to 81/2.

“It literally changed my life, my whole lifestyle. It’s not about how much you eat or what you eat, it’s about how your life and approach to food impacts your life,” said Schulte, who works as a registered nurse at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Too much TV watching rersult in high blood pressure in obese children
The results of a latest study shows that obese children who spend lot of time while watching TV have higher chances of being hit by high blood pressure problem compared to the obese children who spend less time with TV.

Increased psychological pressure and eating lots of junk food while watching TV could be a factor in the relationship according to principal investigator Dr. Jeffrey B. Schwimmer of the University of California, San Diego.

Dr Jeffrey and his team found that children who watch 2 to 4 hours of TV daily have 2.5 times more chances of having high blood pressure as compared to other obese that watch less TV. And the children, who watch more than 4 hours of TV daily, have more than three times of being hit by high blood pressure.

The investigators evaluated 546 children between the ages of 4 and 17 and who were going through obesity treatment. 43 percent of found to have high blood pressure problem.

To investigate this relationship, they evaluated 546 children between 4 and 17 years old who were seeking treatment for obesity. Forty-three percent had high blood pressure. Dr. Jeffrey and his team noted that children who watch more TV may also be eating saltier and fatty foods and that could result in high blood pressure.

Blood pressure is often not measured in children, and if it is measured, “it’s often not done correctly,” Schwimmer added. “I would encourage parents of children to raise the issue of blood pressure with their child’s doctor.”