obesity could make a girl sad

Obesity is Not always a Choice, Little Known Facts about your weight.

” fatty, blown-up ball, round drum…”
The words kept echoing in Kate’s head as she rode the bus home. Tears stung her eyes. It was her second week in the new school and the taunting had already begun. Her parents had changed her school every time the taunting had gotten serious.
“Excuse me”
Kate looked up at the tall, slim blonde talking to her and wondered why she could not be like her.
“Excuse me, you are occupying extra space. Do you mind shifting just a little so I can sit?”

Despite the politeness, the tears still came. Kate could not understand where she was supposed to shift her 80kg body.
Back at home, Kate took note of the extra wide doors, large sofas, king sized beds and realized they were not there just because her family was rich but also because all of them in her family were either overweight or obese. Her mood worsened when her mom greeted her as, “chubby little angel”.
This is the same story for the 43million obese children worldwide as at 2010. The number should have increased much more seven years later. These ones suffer from obesity, a term now officially a disease.

The cause of obesity is multifactorial;

1. Genetics
2. Environment
3. Developmental processes

Genetics is probably one that most people can’t escape from. This is why most children of obese parents also become obese. Although, it is not always the case as some children actually escape the obesity gene and with efforts on their environment, they retain a fit stature. Meanwhile, some others get obese outside any genetic influence. This is acquired obesity, which could be physiologic or pathologic. That is, it could be because of some environmental factors (diet, physical activity, lifestyle) or some ongoing disease. Developmental processes include formula feeding during infancy and this is because of the high protein content of formula feeds,

Developmental processes include formula feeding during infancy and this is because of the high protein content of formula feeds, a diet rich in fat and fast sugars and sedentary lifestyle. These factors are often within your control and can be dealt with. Conscious effort to be mindful of your diet and taking out time to exercise daily are good preventive measures against obesity. They are also the first steps to take for those who are already obese.

Diseases that could induce obesity include certain syndromes (e.g Downs syndrome), tumors in the brain, endocrine problems (e.g Cushing’s disease) and use of some drugs (e.g insulin). With treatment/management of these diseases, there is often a reversal of weight.
There is no need to be anorexic or extremely thin such that the wind would blow you off. But, shedding excess fat would do a lot of good physically, psychologically and socially.

5 Cornerstones of an Unforgettable African Travel Experience

If you love to travel, chances are you have a bucket list filled with once-in-a-lifetime destinations you simply cannot wait to visit, whether you dream of exploring the homeland of your ancestors, cities renowned for their culinary feats, or a place known for its wildlife.

If your focus is the latter, no bucket list is complete without an authentic African safari that provides the opportunity to step into the native habitats of Africa’s big five animals, rare birds, and great apes. If this type of intimate animal experience is on your must-do travel list, here are five reasons Uganda is the perfect destination for your African adventure.

Mountain Gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the world’s top wildlife experiences.


You can get up close and personal with mountain gorillas and chimpanzees

Uganda is home to more than half the world’s population of endangered mountain gorillas, and trekking to see these majestic creatures in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a top bucket list item for nature enthusiasts. The country is also a prime location for those hoping to catch sight of chimpanzees, as Budongo Forest Reserve is home to 700 of these playful primates, including three groups that have been habituated and can be visited by humans.

See it all at Murchison Falls National Park

You can see it all at Murchison Falls National Park, which is a four-hour drive northwest of the capital city of Kampala. Bisected by the Nile River, Murchison Falls boasts 76 species of mammals and 451 species of birds. The park is home to iconic African game such as elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, and giraffes, as well as river-loving animals like crocodiles and hippopotamuses. The dramatic falls, created by a remnant rift that plunges water 150 feet down the valley wall, provide a picture-perfect photo opportunity.

Catch a glimpse of the southern white rhino at Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch

Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch is home to 15 southern white rhinoceroses and is the only place in Uganda to see this majestic creature. The ranch, a collaborative effort between the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Rhino Fund Uganda, serves as a sanctuary where the animals can live and breed in a protected environment. In addition to the rhinos, more than 40 species of mammals, reptiles, and birds call Ziwa home. Those who visit leave invigorated by the power of conservation and the work the ranch is doing to protect its residents for generations to come.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is for the birds, and you

Bird is the word at Queen Elizabeth National Park in southwestern Uganda, where 600 different species of birds can be found – more than any other park on the eastern half of the continent. Here, you will have a chance to see some of Africa’s most sensational birds such as the Shoebill, African Broadbill, Martial Eagle, Black-rumped Buttonquail, African Skimmer and Pink-backed Pelican.

Seize the opportunity to enjoy authentic, immersive cultural experiences

Uganda is home to more than 50 distinct tribes, and meeting individuals from any of them offers a unique opportunity to experience their way of life and make lasting personal connections. Join the Batwa Experience for a glimpse into the living history of a tribe that once called Uganda’s forests home. You can also learn the art of basket weaving or beekeeping from communities across Uganda who use these arts to sustain their villages. A number of lodges connect travelers directly to these local communities, providing the chance to experience unique cultural performances of dance, music, and song that will leave a lasting impression on your heart and soul.

Uganda is often referred to as “The Pearl of Africa,” and those who visit quickly understand why. Some of the continent’s most diverse wildlife viewing, dramatic landscapes, and mesmerizing cultural interactions await adventurous travelers, and there is no better time to plan a visit than right now. To get started, head to www.visituganda.com and begin preparing for the African adventure of a lifetime.

The Nile River spills over Murchison Falls in Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area.
The Nile River spills over Murchison Falls in Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area.


Article by BPT

2017 Spring Colors for your Wardrobe

Spring is upon us! Yes, it is. Time to do a closet check for outfits that make the cut this year. More than anything else, dressing up with the colors of spring would lighten your mood and give you an edge at work or at play. Here are the colors for Spring 2017 according to PANTONE.


PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

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So what should you wear this spring? 

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April Favorite Things Pick

This is becoming one of my favorite sugar cookies it was mailed to me and I absolutely loved it. My kids would not let me rest they’d wanted to finish the whole pack the same day. I love the fact that it teaches the bible in a subtle but effective way. For those of you who are lactose intolerant, this is your cookie, it is dairy free and peanut free as well. You can purchase them online at Oriental Trading, Sams Club, and they just launched at Walmart.  This easter you can enjoy Faith Cookies with your kids and maybe talk about your Christian values including, Faith Cross, Dove of Peace, Christian Fish, and the Lamb.


Great for:

  • Bible Camps
  • Preschool Snacks
  • Religion Class Treats
  • After Service handouts
  • Bible Study snacks
  • Holiday Parties

All of the minibite Cookies are Made in the USA, PEANUT FREE, Non-Dairy and made in an SQF Certified Facility.


April Favorite Things Pick for the Naturalista

Janomi Hair, LLC was created by a long-time naturalista whose desire is to make natural hair the new normal.  By providing quality hair products, style tips, and natural hair information; we hope to assist the modern day naturalista in all stages of her hair journey.  Watch us grow as we add to our premium product line. Janomi Citrus Juice Leave-In Conditioner is a multi-purpose spray that softens and conditions hair, detangles, penetrates hair the shaft to restore moisture, nourishes hair and strengthens strands from the inside out.  It refreshes curls, reduces shed, soothes itchy scalp, adds shine, and is light enough for locks! Visit http://www.janomihair.com to purchase yours!





A Salad Recipe for People who Hate Salads

If you’re like me, salad just doesn’t excite you too much. I have tried to get on the salad bandwagon… I mean there are so many health benefits to a good salad filled with veggies, protein, and leafy greens. But to me, they just usually aren’t too delicious. More often than not, I find that either the dressing is soaking only one spot or I’m only eating the goat cheese (oops) and so on…

So, I decided I needed to come up with a good salad recipe that both satisfies, tastes delicious, and mixes in health and taste. This salad would be great for a barbecue, once the weather warms up, and I think it would also make a great lunch packed up the next day for work.

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I personally also love how this salad looks! There are so many delicious ingredients that every bite would be tasty and colorful all at once.


  • 1 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt + pepper
  • 2 pound Yellowfin tuna steaks, about 1 1/2″ thick
  • 1/2 lb green beans
  • 1/2 lb fingerling potatoes
  • 1 jar of artichoke hearts, drained
  • 5 ounces baby arugula
  • 1 cup olives, halved
  • 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
  • Grill tuna for 3-4 min on both sides, season w/ salt and pepper.
  • Pack the potatoes in tin foil and place on the grill for 25 min with a bit of oil, until they are cooked through.
  • Spread the green beans on the grill with a little bit of oil and cook until they’re slightly crispy.
  • Toss everything else together in a big bowl, add in the cut up tuna, chopped potatoes, and grilled green beans. Drizzle w/ the vinaigrette you made in the beginning and enjoy!



Bonus Recipe!!  So every single Friday night, at my house, my family and I make homemade pizza and it is my absolute favorite thing to eat. I always find myself eating roughly 5 slices. (They’re tinier than regular pizza slices, ok?!) This pizza recipe would make a great summer meal, gathered around a BBQ with some friends and a cold corona w/ lime. Aaah.

Pizza generally isn’t that healthy, I know. But being healthy is also about balance. I think it’s important to treat myself to indulgences when I really want to and I try to savor every single bite. It’s worth it. And necessary that I don’t beat myself up afterwards but rather feel happy that I just enjoyed something delicious!


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  • 1 large ripe pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small package of sliced proscuitto
  • 1 lb fresh mozzarella cheese
  • salt + pepper
  • olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 4 rounds of (whole wheat if you want!) pizza dough


  • Place pineapples in a Ziploc bag and add in honey, hot sauce, and 1 tbsp of olive oil. Shake it up!! Then, when they are coated, grill the pineapples for 6-8 min on the grill.
  • Heat up your grill to high and coat with olive oil. Place your pizza on the grill. (You can use a cookie sheet if you’d like to place the pizza on top of that too.) Close the grill and let the pizza cook for about 2 min. Add on all your toppings, including your pineapple. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Close the grill for another 2 min. Garnish with oregano and enjoy!

What are your favorite things to cook when the weather gets warmer?? Comment below ?


Guest Post by

Carlie Rice -the founder of Rice & Repeat


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Healthy Smoothie for your Fitness Goals

Smoothies are our go-to food for busy days. We love the smoothness of it and the refreshing taste. Moreover, it is healthy and good for you. At designed life, we are all about living a healthy life and having fun while doing it. We will share recipes of our juices, and smoothies with you.
We are paying homage to the almighty Pineapple, Banana, Orange Smoothie, it is tropical, sweet, a little tart but definitely a great start to a busy day or an option after a long workout.
  • 1 pound of fresh pineapple chunks we use 3 cups
  • 2 large bananas
  • 1 large orange (we removed the seeds but you don’t have to)
  • 1 cup of milk or yogurt (you can use greek yogurt or coconut yogurt)
  • 1 cup ice cubes (you can add more if need be)
  1. Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!!!

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Fresh & Healthy Fitness Broccoli Pie with Basil

Spring is here, and its time to indulge in fresh and healthy recipes to get your body ready for the summer. This recipe its fresh and simply decadent.

Broccoli Basil Quiche 

1 pie pan lined with pie dough (prepared from scratch or store-bought) 

1 cup finely diced broccoli 

2 scallions, chopped

1 cup shredded cheddar or Gruyere cheese

1 tablespoon flour

3 eggs, lightly beaten (or equivalent egg-substitute)

1 cup half-and-half, heavy cream, or milk

2 tablespoons fresh basil, or to taste

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Prick bottom and sides of prepared crust and line with foil. Bake 8 minutes, remove foil and bake another 8 minutes. Reduce oven to 325 degrees F. Toss broccoli, scallions, cheese and flour in a bowl. Spread mixture over the bottom of the crust. Whisk remaining ingredients in the bowl. Pour filling into the crust. Bake until knife inserted near center comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes. Garnish the top with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil.

Serves 6.

Adapted from “From Asparagus to Zucchini, A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce,” Madison Area CSA Coalition, 2004. http://greenearthinstitute.org

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Tribe of Dumo

Who we are: The History and Company

Tribe of Dumo, previously known as Afro Kouture was launched in Houston, Texas in 2015 as an African-Inspired accessory line. In August of 2016, the Fashion House chose to rename itself to Tribe of Dumo. “Tribe of Dumo” coined from the designers West African last name “Odumodu” literally translates to mean “LION”. Symbolically, this translates to “STRENGTH”. This name originates from the IBO tribe in Nigeria. As a people, the Ibos have been know for their industrialism, artistic qualities, drive for educational improvement and business development. Both designers of this brand belong to this tribe and they share the same qualities as the Ibo people. Our choice of textile and prints comes from the love of our tribe, country, and nation. The history of our bold prints is believed to stem from one prevailing theory. In the mid-19th century, the Dutch enlisted of West African men, both slaves, and mercenaries to beef up their army in Indonesia. While there, these men took a liking to the local handicrafts and brought these Indonesian prints, now known as ANKARA, back to their home countries. Since then, these beautiful prints have been the predominant choice in many African Designers around the world.

African Fashion boasts of the use of beautiful bold prints and textiles and our mission is to bring this love of African Fashion to the world’s stage and intertwine our textiles with everyday western styles making every man, woman and child feel like a part of the Fashion Tribe, the Tribe of Dumo, where Culture meets Couture.


Who we are: The Designers

Ijeoma Odumodu:  She is the creative Director behind our brand. Currently attending The Art Institute of Houston, she has risen to the top and made a mark for herself while chasing her dreams to design and create. An entrepreneur at heart, she has always wanted to design and create fashion forward pieces that stay true to the simplest form of design but are yet edgy and playful. Her passion for fashion and design is overwhelming and channeled towards pushing the envelope in the design world. Working alongside her sister, Ijeoma is able to balance her persona with her co-partner.

Chioma Osibodu (nee Odumodu): She has always thought of herself as a designer at heart. She currently has a career as a Nurse Practitioner and caters to the health needs of her patients. She always believed she was gifted with her hands and learned how to sew at the age of 17 after graduating from high school in Nigeria. Also an entrepreneur at heart, she always believed there was more to her than her career. She believes in “birthing” ideas from the inside, never taking “No” for an answer and striving to be the best you can be.


Juice Knits is our kids line. Creative Director is Uju Odumodu. Received her Masters in Business Administration and decided to venture into the world of fashion. With her passion for producing one of a kind pieces embedding the art of knitting and crochet with the use of African Print, she wanted to showcase the versatility of African Printsin the kids department.


I Travel Therefore I Am

Traveling is one of the best ways to get away, reflect, learn, and experience the world in a whole new way. As summer approaches so many people are planning and saving for those once in a lifetime trips. But adventures of a lifetime can be expensive and does require a lot of money. However, there are several tips that can help save you time and money.