Ohio teen loses more than 100 pounds while strolling to school every day

( CNN) Two years ago, Michael Watson was in a rut. The 6-foot-4 inch teen weighed 335 pounds and was often bullied about his weight.

As a junior at his Canton, Ohio, school, the teen decided to make a commitment to walk to and from school every day, about 20 minutes each route. And he made some changes in his diet.
When he walks across the stage at graduation later this month, the McKinley High senior will be 115 pounds lighter.

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Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie line accused of deceptive marketing tactics

New York( CNN Business) A watchdog group is accusing Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie line of duping customers into registering for a subscription service.

The complaints were made after TINA received reports from Savage X Fenty customers who said they purchased apparel from the company’s website and unwittingly signed up for a membership that expense $49.95 per month.
While the company offered offered bra and panty defines for $25, “the ad itself doesn’t disclose what you’re buying, ” said Shana Mueller, a spokesperson for TINA, told CNN Business. “There’s also a little extra item in your shopping cart that says ‘Membership’. There’s no cost next to it. It’s just a little x.”

Nike to launch investigation after former athlete claims coach’s regimen drove her to suicidal supposes

( CNN) Footwear and apparel company Nike says it will launch an inquiry into allegations made by a former athlete against the disgraced former head coach-and-four of its now shuttered elite go program, the Nike Oregon Project.

In October, the US Anti-Doping Agency banned Salazar for four years for “multiple anti-doping rule violations.” No athletes were immediately implicated in government decisions , nor have any tested positive. At the time, Nike told CNN it would “continue to support Alberto in his appeal” of the ban.
Nike subsequently shut down its Oregon Project, which had developed athletes like Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah, saying the situation had become an “unfair burden” on its athletes.

NFL and Patriots analyse Antonio Brown rape allegations. Receiver denies accusations

( CNN) The NFL and the New England Patriots are investigating allegations that Antonio Brown sexually assaulted and raped his former Bible study partner and physical trainer — accusations the starring wide receiver denies.

Britney Taylor, 28, accuses Brown of rape and two instances of sexual assault, alleging he uncovered himself to her and kissed her without consent in June 2017, then performed a sex act in her presence later that month. After Brown expressed regret for his action, she agreed to work with him again and he raped her in May 2018, according to allegations in the lawsuit filed in a Florida federal court.
Taylor and her lawyer will meet with NFL officials next week, a source with knowledge of the case told CNN. The session is scheduled to allow Taylor time to get married.

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Divisive weight loss wager firms target UK dieters

Image copyright FAITH ARCHER Image caption Money blogger Faith Archer use DietBet to place a bet on her potential weight loss

“They even sent you a codeword. You had to write it out on a piece of paper and include it in a photo with your foot and the scales, ” says Faith Archer, a fund blogger at website Much More With Less.

Faith is one of a number of UK dieters who have turned to weight loss “wager” websites as positive incentives.

Potential customers in the UK are now being targeted with adverts on social media.

David Roddenberry, co-founder of HealthyWage, told the BBC his firm started marketing to the UK this year.

The company stimulates personalised gambles with its customers, where they pick how much weight they would like to lose, and over what time. The prize money varies depending on the amount of weight a person has to lose.

Someone who wanted to lose a small amount of weight could bet PS3 00 in total over 10 months, but stimulate just PS33 if they succeeded. If they didn’t hit their objective, they would lose all of their money.

People who want to lose more win greater returns, assuming they achieve their stated goal.

“We’ve had about PS2 50,000 of contracts in the UK in the first month of the year, ” said Mr Roddenbury.

He added: “About one third of our participants achieve their goal and get a prize at the end.”

DietBet, the company that Faith signed up to, say that about 50% of clients win their four-week bets. It did not however provide data for those signing up to longer, more expensive bets.

‘Really appealed’

“I am quite a competitive person and the idea I could actually make money by losing weight really appealed, ” says Faith.

“A friend of mine set up a DietBet group. Everybody who took portion put in $20( PS15. 46 ), because it’s a US company.

“The aim was to lose 4% of your body weight within four weeks and whoever managed to achieve that target would share out the money at the end.”

DietBet’s participants pool their money and the company takes a slice of that money. If everyone wins, it foregoes its share so that no one gets less back than they put in.

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“We got sent vaguely promoting messages over the four weeks and there was a certain amount of chat among the group, ” says Faith.

“I had a bit of a panic at the end about whether I had actually done enough to win my wager. But actually, I lost a few pounds more than needed, ” she adds.

“Unfortunately, we must have been a really motivated group because it turned out everyone had won their bets.

“So I just got my $20 back. In fact, with the exchange rate I think I got slightly less back than I had put in at the beginning. But I had lost the weight and I think it did encourage me.”

‘Hugely detrimental’

On the surface, this looks like one route tech firms are trying to disrupt an existing market – weight loss is big business in the UK.

However, there are real concerns that because it is online and competitive, weight loss wagers could enable unhealthy and even dangerous behaviours.

A spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association( BDA) told the BBC: “The fact that they ‘gamify’ weight loss and add a competitive component to losing weight would be hugely detrimental to those with poor relationships with food.

“Those with eating disorders could use a website such as this to justify dieting and regulation for monetary gain. That could have significant impacts on both mental and physical health.”

The eating disorder charity Beat says it is very worried about the potential impact of these wager websites.

“The evidence is pretty clear that fitness wagers, fitness apps, anything where the individuals are able to track their weight loss and use that in a competitive or a ‘gamification’ way is extremely dangerous for people with eating disorder, ” said a spokesperson.

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“It’s been shown to exacerbate their eating disorder behaviours and induce recovery much harder.”

Different companies have different ways to stop people participating if they cannot do so safely. Those include “flagging systems” and referees, but none of them are fail-safe.

Amanda Avery, an obesity specialist dietician and chairmen of the BDA’s Obesity Specialist Group, said that motivation can often help with weight loss, though.

“But there are more accessible motivators. Somebody could put a pound in a pot for every pound they lose and then save up and buy themselves a nice new attire or something.

“If they could find some supporting whereby their diet improves, they manage to increase their physical activity levels, they are going to be much more likely to maintain any weight loss they achieve.”

‘There is a danger’

For Faith, making a wager was simply an extra incentive. But she does acknowledge that a larger or longer wager than hers might have been an issue.

She said: “I suppose with any process where you are being weighed, there’s a danger that people might take it to extremes or not follow a healthy eating plan. But that applies whether it’s a gamble or a slimming club where you show up in person.

“There were bets on offer where you had to put in a significantly larger amount of money for longer periods of time. I was a bit more wary of that.”

“Wagered” weight loss worked for Faith, but did it last?

“Sadly no, ” she says. “But I maintained it off for a few months.”

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This is the CVS of the future

New York( CNN Business) This is what it looks like when a drug store chain and a health insurer merge.

The new HealthHubs fit into CVS ( CVS) CEO Larry Merlo’s ambitious plan to turn his company’s 9,800 stores into a “health care destination.” CVS wants to arm its sprawling network of stores with a range of health services to protect against competitor from Amazon ( AMZN) and a wave of mergers in the industry.
“The service component will be an element that is hard to replicate online, ” Merlo said at a seminar last year.

‘I’ve expended my life in fear of being called fat’

Image copyright Natalie Lam Image caption Megan Jayne Crabbe says her eyes were opened by the body positivity movement

Megan Jayne Crabbe was five years old when she started a war with her body. Instead of making friends on her first day at school, she was comparing herself to her peers and telling herself she was “chubby”. Now, she has more than a million Instagram adherents and recently told Parliament that “fat phobia” should be recognised as a kind of prejudice.

It took Megan almost two decades to accept her body. The years leading up to that were fraught with yo-yo dieting, crippling anorexia and a spell in a residential psychiatric hospital. At 21 – having fell out of college and then university – she hit her target weight. Still, she “hated everything” about herself.

“I knew that no matter what weight I got to, it would never be enough, ” says Megan , now 26. “I couldn’t continue that life. I knew there had to be more. My eating disorder had taken so much from me, I wasted so much time and I refused to let it take any more.

“Somehow I stumbled across an image of a woman on Instagram wearing a bikini and talking about accepting her body – not dieting and living her life as she was. I’d never really believed that was an option before.”

Dynamo: How Crohn’s built me ‘1 50% better at magic’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dynamo in July 2019

Magician Dynamo has said his struggle with Crohn’s disease and arthritis has made him “1 50% better at magic”.

At the height of his illness, physicians told Dynamo, whose real name is Steven Frayne, that he may never be able to use his hands to perform magic again.

“I was like, I’m Dynamo, I’ve got to figure out a route to do it, ” he told The Travel Diaries podcast.

“I do the impossible. I’m not going to go out like this.”

He decided to set the magical in the audience’s hands, and “try and empower them”, he told podcast host Holly Rubenstein.

“But over day I started to get the use of my hands back. I had all these new skills that I’d developed in my hospital bed – and the old abilities coming back too. So although I’m not 100% healthy yet, I am technically 150% better at magic.”

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Dynamo’s health forced him to step back from the limelight at the height of his success, having played arena tours and starred in TV displays including Dynamo: Magician Impossible.

In 2018, he addressed a dramatic change in his appearance, explaining that his medication regime caused him to “put on quite a lot of body weight” and develop a rash.

He told The Travel Diaries he used two months in hospital to conceive his forthcoming Sky One series, Beyond Belief.

“I was on a lot of heavy drug, which stimulated me go a little bit crazy. But some of the ideas that came into my head were out of this world. I wrote them down in my little black book and this series brings those ideas to life.”

The three-part special glistens a light on Dynamo’s journey towards recovery, as well as taking viewers across the globe as he performs “heart-stopping magic”.

Image copyright Sky Image caption Dynamo is set to starring in Sky One series Beyond Belief

As far as his own travellings are concerned, Dynamo recently shared photos from his time gorilla-trekking in Rwanda.

“I nearly died a year and a half ago. I[ didn’t] want to wait too long to tick off the number one thing on my bucket list.”

What is Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease was a precondition in which parts of the digestive system become swollen It affects people of all ages and starts in childhood or early adulthood The main symptoms are diarrhoea, stomach aches and cramps, tiredness and weight loss There is no cure for the disease, but therapies can control the symptoms In some examples surgery is undertaken to remove a small part of the digestive system

Girl left scarred after Turkish cosmetic surgery

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A woman is facing reconstructive surgery after being left scarred by cosmetic procedures in Turkey.

Kimberley Saad, 27, from Ogmore Vale, Bridgend, had two operations expensing PS6, 000 in 2019 and has warned of the dangers of cheap alternatives abroad.

Surgeon Dean Boyce, from Morriston Hospital in Swansea, said patients should look at the “bigger picture”.

BBC Wales has contacted Comfortzone, which performed Ms Saad’s operation, but has not received a response.

Ms Saad, who be applicable to weigh close to 23 st( 146 kg ), told the Gareth Lewis programme on BBC Radio Wales she decided to have breast implants and a tummy tuck after losing 9st from a gastric band, which left her with excess scalp.

She flew to Turkey in March 2019 because it was a “fraction of the price” of similar surgeries on offer in the UK and was also impressed by Comfortzone’s website.

Cosmetic surgery: Why I want it, and what a therapist told me Teen had 30 cosmetic procedures with no age check How safe is the cosmetic surgery boom ? Image caption Kimberley Saad tried surgery after being left with excess scalp after weight loss Image caption Ms Saad was left with an infection after going through two operations Image caption Ms Saad weighed closed to 23 st( 146 kg) before her operation