Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I was watching The Talk at my office a few days ago-- I work in Public Relations, and we have various news and consumer programs on during the day to find media opportunities for them -- and the ladies at The Talk were also discussing this woman.
This is Mikel Ruffinelli, a 39 year old woman with "The Largest Hips in the World." She weighs 420 pounds, has a 40 inch waist, and measures 100 inches around the hips. That's more than 8 feet, folks.
Mikel has said in articles that she must buy two airline seats to accommodate her hips, and often has trouble getting around. Another video circulating the internet shows Mikel manipulating her body to walk through the halls of her house, or having to stand sideways to fit in her shower.
I applaud everyone who feels great in their skin -- if you're big and beautiful -- You are a rockstar of self esteem and confidence, and I look up to you as you've achieved something I still struggle with. However, I do believe that 420 pounds is not a healthy weight for anyone. For context, I also think that 92 pounds is also an unhealthy weight.
If she's healthy, then I have nothing to say -- may her self esteem seep into other women around the world. However, interviews features her children admitting that Mikel cannot stand for very long, a feat which a healthy woman should be able to do.
I think it comes down to a health issue. Being obese does not make this woman ugly. She is not ugly. She is beautiful. However, having that excess weight may be extremely unhealthy -- and that's something to consider and rethink, I believe.
The ladies of The Talk ended their segment with the following:
Do you see 85 year old people who weigh 400 pounds?
I'm curious to hear people's thoughts on this issue and their comment.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day! Peanut butter has long been looked upon negatively as a high-fat, high calorie option -- but it's actually a healthy fat and good source of protein when eaten in moderation. So in celebration of the wonderful invention that is peanut butter, I have compiled the following tidbits of information:
- It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
- By law, any product labeled "peanut butter" in the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts
- Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA - Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter
- Astronaut Allen B. Sheppard brought a peanut with him to the moon
- Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth
- The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products each year
- Peanut butter is consumed in 90 percent of USA households
- Women and children prefer creamy, while most men opt for chunky
- People living on the East Coast prefer creamy peanut butter, while those on the West Coast prefer the crunchy style
- Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter
- Peanuts have more protein, niacin, folate and phytosterols than any nut
- Peanuts are naturally cholesterol-free
Happy National Peanut Butter Day!