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Bullied teen surprised everyone after losing 139lbs to fit into formal dress

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There are a million and one reasons with respect to why somebody may need to lose weight.

Reasons range from health benefits or fitting into certain size clothes, essentially it could be a result of the social stigma of being overweight.

For Josie Desgrand, a teenager from Australia, it was Instagram.

At only 16-years of age, Josie tipped the scales at 280Ibs and knew something needed to give.

Dissatisfied with her body, she was always reminded how different others looked as she looked through her Instagram feed and saw beautiful women staring back at her.

She had attempted weight control plans previously, yet her inability to stick to them left her on a spiralling staircase of self pity and overeating

Eventually, she decided it was time to put her foot down …

 Josie explains her ‘Eureka!’ moment to us.

I went into my room and stripped down to my underwear,” she said. Thats when she made a deal with herself. “No longer fat Josie.”

I took pictures of myself at different angles, excited for my next weight loss journey. I used tape measure and wrote down my dimensions knowing I had a long way to go, but I wanted to track every change, no matter how small.”

Josie set herself small targets and began to keep track of he progress. Before long, the 16-year-old noticed changes here and there. She adopted a low-carb, no-sugar diet and upped her water intake.

Her dad also joined her weight-loss journey by shedding the pounds himself – she was able to slim down to 198Ibs through dieting alone.

It was then that she kicked things up a notch by joining a gym.

She said: “Working out at the gym gave me the extra push to reach my goal weight.”

Instead of being a source of envy and depression, Instagram became one of Josie’s strongest motivators. She began to accumulate followers who not only wanted to see her transformation, but also take tips and advice.

“I shared my meals and progress on my Instagram account @nolongerfatjosie. My followers quickly grew, and each was more supportive than the last. ‘You look great!’ They wrote. ‘Mmm, do you have the recipe?’”

With people from all around the world along for my journey, I never thought about quitting. Putting aside an hour each night, I responded to every person. Being in their position before, I now wanted to help as many people as I could. ‘Keep going,’ I would write back when someone thought they couldn’t do it anymore.”

The change

Josie now weighs less than half her previous weight at around 138Ibs.

What  initially began as a diet ended up becoming a lifestyle change which Josie has reaped the benefits of.

What an incredible transformation by an extremely determined young woman. She’s an inspiration for people looking to change all over the world.

Take a look at the amazing transformation in the pictures below:






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A Moment of Rage Changed My Baby’s Life Forever & This Is Why I Want You To Know

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All day long I had been fielding text messages from Xavier’s father about how difficult  the child was.

I informed his father we would try find another solution so he wouldn’t need to watch him during the day.

Xavier’s father had been alone with him for 2 hours maximum, and everything seemed ok.

His dad worked during the night, so the plan was for him to look after Xavier during the day while I worked, and then we would swap over.

Although my former partner raised a 10-year-old  I was slightly nervous about the situation, but he kept reassuring me that he had it under control.

Not once did it cross my mind that my son was in danger.

I replied saying I will be home soon and to hang in there. I kept thinking, “just a few more hours and then I can be back home with my baby.”

At 2:30 I got a text that every mother hopes they will never get. “Xavier stopped breathing. Come home now.

Immediately i called his father and questioned what happened, where he replied, “He choked on milk and we are going to Seattle Children’s Hospital.”

Choking on my tears I gathered my things and headed to the hospital. Once I got there, I heard my baby crying so I thought its going to be okay.

A team of doctors surrounded my tiny 10-pound baby. Once things settled down, they allowed me go over and hold his tiny hand.

I knew something was not right as he suddenly looked pale.

His father was preoccupied with his phone and didn’t have much to say.

Xavier was eventually brought back into the room where I held him. As the doctors kept coming in and out of the room, Xavier began to get fussy again.

I thought these were good things until they informed me there was bleeding in his brain. Instantly I turned to his father and asked, “How could this happen?

His father didn’t have much to say, and just kept repeating, “He was choking on milk.

I had to lay Xavier down because they were going to intubate him, and most parents don’t want to witness that kind of thing.

I broke down when we left the room. I just thought how could this be happening to my sweet, little baby?

I realised child abuse was suspected once they explained the brain bleed due to a non-accidental trauma. I was so angry.

Xavier was put into a medically induced coma for 2 weeks while they worked tirelessly to stop the seizures.

They slowly weaned him off medication but warned me he may not wake up. I was taken from room after room, with doctor upon doctor, to prepare me.

We were fighting against two different things. One was the trauma, and the time he went without oxygen to the brain.

I heard everything from “He might be blind” to “He may never be able to learn, walk, talk, move…”

But still I knew he would come back to me.

On the night of the incident his father was arrested for first degree child abuse.

I’m still unsure of the details of what surrounding that day, and not sure if I ever will.

Nearly 3 months on from the injury, I focus less on the “why” and more on the “now what.”

I try to be present every single moment with my baby, now. I am grateful to God for bringing my baby back to me.

My mother lives with me now as I am a single parent and work around the clock  to provide for my baby.

We have so many doctors and so many appointments, it’s a wonder I remember them all.

He is in speech therapy, and is also going to be attending Anat Baniel Method therapy to help awaken his brain and re-wire it.

Everyone keeps saying how lucky we are it occurred while he was so young, and that babies are resilient.

There is also a high risk of developing Cerebral Palsy, which we will be able to determine in a 1.5 years.

I strongly believe the more we work with him, the better his odds and he sees people for early intervention services.

You would probably think he was a vegetable if you were to look at his MRI scan as the damage is extensive.

He takes anti-seizure medication which could take up to 2 years to get off of it.

The full extent of his damage is unknown for a few years because his brain is still developing.

He  is my miracle baby, my reason for getting out of bed every morning as he is fighting this entire time.

Time and time again, he has proven he wants to live and be present so we continue to fight.

I am grateful every moment of every day for God bringing him back to me and for all those who are still praying for my baby.

When informed he may not live I prayed he would come back to me.

I was so happy when I finally ot to change his dirty diapers again as he is so precious to me.

Even if he can’t see, walk or take care of himself, he is the world to me everything I always wanted.

Prior to  the injury, my house was littered with pamphlets about shaking babies and what to do to stop it.

You put your baby down. You walk away. You go cry somewhere, or scream, or talk to someone.

Get  your frustrations out, and then return to your  baby and start over again.

Xavier still cries and fusses to this very day, and there are moments where I have to put him down and walk away.

Because as a parent sometimes that’s what you have to do. Despite his father was unfaithful, he wasn’t violent and he had a 10-year-old.

I thought this only  happened to other people and not someone like me.

Hurting his own son, was something I never imagined him doing I never would have left him in his care.

His confidence was so convincing that everything would be ok he could do this since we couldn’t afford childcare.

Hopefully someone reading our story will take all of it to heart and realize how important it is to not shake a baby.

No matter what never shake a baby. It can be avoided so easy, now a moment of rage has changed my baby forever.

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Children at risk of sight damage and cancer using screen time too much

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Investing excessive time staring at screens is making kids more prone to be short sighted, become overweight and develop cancer, specialists say.

A survey of 80 studies on at least 200,000 individuals has ranked cell phones and tablets closely to sugary beverages as one of the greatest dangers for youth obesity.

Being overweight can result in a dozen type of cancer, including breast, colon, kidney, liver, ovarian, pancreas and prostate.

There is also a danger of dying at a young age, by spending excessive time on contraptions while harming their’ sight.

The quantity of short sightedness in youngsters has multiplied in 50 years.

Scientists say the discoveries are a ‘significant concern’ and call for more control on junk food ads, which heighten the effects of kids not doing enough excercise.

‘The report highlights the importance of acting early to help prevent cancer,’ Sophia Lowes of Cancer Research UK explains.

Obese children are five times more likely to be obese as an adult, which is worrying because then they’ll be at an increased risk of different types of cancer.

‘That’s why it’s vital we see a 9pm watershed on junk food adverts on TV and similar protection for children viewing adverts on-demand and online.’

Experts state as leading to children doing less exercise, sitting inside looking at screens this entices youngsters to overeat on snacks.

They call this ‘passive over-consumption’ – meaning children snack on junk foods which they often see advertised on the same devices they’re spending their time.

In addition to the obesity and cancer risks, spending too much time in front of screens also increase the number of children with myopia – short-sightedness.

The proportion of children worldwide with short-sightedness has went from 7.2 per cent to 16.4 per cent over the last 40 years.

This effect has been dubbed ‘digital myopia’, and King’s College London researchers.

A separate study, found that every hour a child day spent on devices raised their risk of sight damage by three per cent.

Past research has suggested children spend, on average, eight hours a day using gadgets.

Professor Chris Hammond, from King’s College, told The Telegraph: ‘I think it is a significant concern.

We do believe that young children staying indoors and spending hours on screens is bad for eyesight, not to mention obesity and fitness.

‘I think our concept in myopia is clearly that close work is a risk factor, and outdoor activity is protective.’

Eye expert Dr Mohamed Dirani wrote in the British Journal of Opthamology:

The age of smart device uptake is getting younger, with many two-year-olds spending up to two hours a day on devices.

The use and misuse of smart devices, particularly in our paediatric populations, must be closely monitored to address the emerging phenomenon of digital myopia.

Take a look at the findings in the video below:

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Psychologists Warn All Parents, “Don’t Allow Your Child To Watch Peppa Pig”.

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A group of experts at Harvard University did a study revealing that Peppa Pig is one of the main causes of autism among children.

This animated movie has achieved great success. There are many toys, t-shirts, and many other things with this character. However, the question still remains. Is this cartoon character good for children? The answer is NO.

According to experts, there is a proof that shows an increased in adversarial, snide, questioning, confrontation, and disrespectful behavior in children which results from watching cartoons such as Peppa Pig.

Peppa is downright rude and her parents allow her to get away with murder. There is an episode where Peppa and her brother George refused to tidy their room, but then their parents made it into a game.

When they finished, the brats trashed the room again, laughing arrogantly.

These are the unique features Peppa possesses:

  • Suffers from the syndrome of superiority;
  • Inappropriate behavior;
  • Imposes ideas regardless of others’ opinions;
  • Impolite;
  • Competitive (it does not how to lose);
  • Intolerant;
  • Disrespectful
  • Envious;
  • Arrogant;
  • Proud

There are parents who complained that their children copy the behavior of Peppa and her brother George, and some of them even banned the cartoon from being watched in their homes.

Thus, be very careful, all you parents out there. There is nothing special about Peppa Pig. The same applies to all the other programs.

Around 80% of the brain develops during the first few months until 3 years old. In case they spend a lot of time watching the TV, they will copy the forms of behavior that they see on TV.

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