Saturday, August 06, 2005

Talk On Bill Clinton, Time Warner, and Obesity In America 

Ann Stewart: While watching CNN’s Housecalls this morning with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and special guest President Bill Clinton, I heard Bill Clinton say some thing that really hit home for me. Bill Clinton mentioned that poverty can be a helpful contributor to obesity. That is so right in my opinion. It’s my belief that bad unhealthy food is cheap, and most diet foods and programs that can help you lose weight, such as Atkins, South Beach, Jenny Criag, Weight Watcher and other programs cost a lot of money, and poor people can’t afford it. That’s right…it’s my belief that many poor people just can’t afford to be healthy in this county, cause not only do many of them have to work a lot and don’t have time to cook or buy the more healthily food and keep the more health exercise habits, but it’s just cheaper in America to be fat. You see I grew up in poverty…My father would go squirrel hunting and frog gigging every weekend to put any kind of meat on the table that we could get…cause we couldn’t afford meat from the store, and I don’t know if any of you have ever eat’in a squirrel, but it’s red greasy meat and its not good for you, I can remember my mother used to lye to me and tell me it was chicken to try to get me to eat it. We never could afford good healthy food like chicken and momma fried everything in cheap lard and I grew up fat as a cow. I love my momma though…she’s the best…it’s just back then my parents did the best they could do to raise and feed 6 kids…But you can eat frog legs though…those are really good for you if you cook them the right way…try to bake them not fry them…THAT MAKES GOOD FROG LEGS…Taste like fish…Yum Yum…good eat’in…I dig frogs. I'm a country bumpkin...Anyways back to Bill Clinton…Bill Clinton grew up extremely poor too and look how far he has gone in his life…I do so idolize him for that…Bill Clinton is a shining example of the American Dream…You don’t have to stay in poverty just because you come from poverty…Just look at everything Bill Clinton has accomplished in his life and he wasn’t born into a rich family like most of the Presidents we have had…and now I read on the internet from Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s article in a Time Magazine article that President Bill Clinton is trying a modified South Beach diet. Well so am I and I think that maybe President Clinton might know the cost of fresh fruits and meats compared to cheap unhealthy foods you can get at McDonalds, Toco Bell, and Burger King. An example of this is at many McDonald’s it cost about a $1.00 plus tax to get a burger and at my local grocery store it cost about $3.50 to $5.00 plus tax to get a small bushel of grapes or about $2.00 plus tax to get a small bag of apples or oranges and to buy fresh meat is even more ridiculously expensive and it cost about 4 to 5 dollars to get a can of mixed nuts…which these foods are on the South Beach diet. A pound of Hamburger cost about 2 to 3 dollars and a small stake cost can cost anywhere from 3 to 6 dollars and these are foods you can eat on the Dr. Atkins diet…but it’s just cheaper and easier to go to McDonalds and buy 2 or 3 hamburgers that’s loaded full of carbs and you don’t even have to cook it. But I want to inform anyone who might read this, that most fast food places like McDonalds, Burger King and other restaurants have a calorie, carb, and fat content chart now. All you have to do is request the food content chart from most of your fast food restaurants and the staff at the restaurant will probably give it to you. You see when I was on the Weight Watchers diet, I really liked that diet cause I could eat out more than what I could do when I was on Dr. Atkins. Weight Watchers has a point book that will tell you some things that you can eat at many restaurants if you are a really busy person and you can’t cook all the time. That’s another reason I consider Weight Watchers to be one of the best diet programs there is… because you can eat out at more places, and I consider Weight Watchers a little cheaper than the other diets (especial Jenny Criag where you have to buy most your food from them and food is so overly expensive it will brake you, and the food doesn’t taste that great either in my opinion) and the results have been reported to be longer lasting for people on the Weight Watchers program than people on the Dr. Atkins diet. When I did Dr. Atkins diet I couldn’t eat many carbs…only less than 20 carbs a day was all I could eat…that leaves it to where you can mostly just eat meat or nuts and once I had to start taking in carbs again than I started gaining weight really fast…You see I went on Dr. Atkins after I had my first child, and I lost weight after giving birth to my first baby on the Dr. Atkins program, but when I became pregnant a second time with my twin boys I was still on the Dr. Atkins diet at the time and my doctor told me I couldn’t be on Dr. Atkins during my pregnancy and that it could be unhealthy to not eat carbs while you are pregnant. This is a story I wrote on Surgery and Diets because I have done both. I was once told that carbs are brain food…but I don’t know how true that really is…but my doctor said carbs are needed to help the babies develop properly…So I had to start taking in carbs again because of the pregnancy and I gained over 115 pounds during my pregnancy with my twin boys…I was over 300 pounds by the end of my 2nd pregnancy with my twins and my weight gain helped my blood pressure to sky rocket and I developed toxemia/Pre-eclampsia, and Edema…than at about 34 weeks of gestation of my twin pregnancy all the fluid in my body back up in my lungs and gave me pneumonia and plural effusion(which is medical terminology for fluid in the lungs)…I was put on bed rest in Baptist hospital and was spitting up blood. Now I’m not a doctor, but I don’t recommend that women in child baring years that might want to get pregnant be on the Dr. Atkins diet…I personally don’t think it’s the safest diet to be on if you want to have a healthy child and I know as soon I started talking in carbs again the weight came right back on with a lot more to boot, but I do know that Dr. Atkins can help you lose weight fast…It’s just long term keeping the weight off that is hard and questionable on the Dr. Atkins diet in my opinion. That’s another reason why I consider Weight Watchers to be a more healthy program…Most doctors I know consider it a little more healthy to be on a diet program like Weight Watchers where you can eat more vegetables, carbs, and lean meats….you just cut out the fat. Weight Watchers works on a point system and it cost about 10 to 20 dollars a month to join the program, and you go to monthly meetings for the information and support and even though I know Weight Watchers might not want me to tell you this, you can really follow the program on your own with the information that is printed on the internet.

Bill Clinton looks to have lost a lot of weight…He’s had heart surgery and problems that he said was due to his weight problems and fast food eating…You can read about it in this CNN report by Dr. Gupta if you missed his show Housecalls show this morning. I’m posting this picture I took of my Television during the CNN coverage cause I don’t think I’ve ever remembered seeing Bill Clinton this skinny before…He looks good but a little pale…and I hope his health is good now…and I want him to know I’m praying for him…You see I want Bill Clinton to go down in history as the one President we have in America that came from a poor childhood, but was intelligent enough and worked hard enough to become President of the United States….He is a shining example of what you can accomplish and what can happen to all of us people who come from poverty. That is why I want a education so badly and I’ve never been able to afford one…now I’m determined to get one…And I want to do this talk website for educational reasons…so hopefully I can die knowing I contributed something positive to the world like Bill Clinton has done. I have a talk site on Bill Clinton...It's not very busy and it doesn't get many comments but I hope one day it will, cause I like talking about this man. You see some people may consider this website a just a joke because we do kid around a lot here…but you must understand that there are many people in the world who haven’t learned how to make a website yet…They are just like I was 5 years ago and they may have never have learned how to make a website about things that are important to them. These quick topic talk sites are so easy to use most people can do it…It gives those people a voice. A place to go and ask questions and maybe get an answer or just voice their ideas and opinions about anything or everything they might care about. I also know that the internet can be a dangerous place and I hope that nothing bad ever happens here at this website an example of what I worry about would be like a young girl might meet up with a kidnapper or something on one of these talk sites we have started and get hurt or in trouble. I warn you all to be careful when using the internet...I’ve heard of things like that on the news and worst stories that have happened and I would be heartbroken if that was to ever happen on these talk sites at Talk Webzine, so talk webzine internet chatters please be careful on these sites…Don't meet up with anybody if you feel it's unsafe...You never know who your talking too...but I still feel like this website can be great for educational purposes and it gives people a voice. If any of you people who participate in these discussion sites are like me…than you have probably sent written correspondence to news, and television networks and magazines and never had a chance to get your written words heard by the open general public…If so than just consider this talk site your voice. A place where you can go and be heard.

I want to write a message for the Time Warner staff and company…You see the day before yesterday I called Time Warner because I needed to ask some questions about picture Copyrights…you see I am fairly new at making websites…and I have only been doing websites for a few years…I was told by the lady at Time Warner that I could not get permission to use pictures that come off of my television set for any websites…and I did not know that because I have seen so many people on the internet do that…Like Don Thompson over at the famous talking head website and there are many others on the internet who do this as well. You see I want permission from Time Warner to use their images, but I realize I’m not going to get it, because Time Warner can’t give permission to anyone to use images. So I’m just going to say this to the Time Warner staff and I know the staff at Time Warner visits our sites sometimes cause our site meters picks your company computers up and lets me know when you visit our sites. I’m going to make policing this talk website easy for you…I will always write where I get my pictures from or post a link back to the place I got it from if I am the one doing the posts on the blogs, but please understand that I am not the only one who post on those talk blogs…they are open to the public and anyone can post on them…. If you see what I am doing as a problem to your company than email me and let me know…My email address is
annx-ray@hotmail.com Feel free to write me anytime and let me know if something on my site is a problem to your staff…This site is just like a little person on the speck of News Talk and Time Warner is like the powerful big brother that most of us admire and fear, and we just want the right to exists, cause you know we are talking about you and your staff on a regular basis…Time Warner is like our big powerful brother. So please lets keep our website and if you want something removed just email me and let me know. I have always been open and honest about who I am and how to reach me…and that goes for anyone else who might want something removed from these talk sites too. Just write me and let me know what to remove…If you are a photographer who wants credit for your photos or wants them removed than just let me know and I will do so. I make no money at doing these websites…This is a public free service and every bit of the information, time and comments I or other people have given are free and open to the public…and Time Warner and any other news network, or independent person can use any comments that are posted on these sites cause these are all open to the public forums and any written statement can be used by anyone. I really do want this site to be legal and useful to the general public, and I hope Time Warner and other media companies see this site as a good thing and let us use their stated words, photos, and information to make this site possible to spread the news on the web.

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