• Bootcamp-inc.co.uk fitness guru Catherine Jane Pennington talks kids and fitness
    • Bootcamp-inc.co.uk fitness guru Catherine Jane Pennington talks kids and fitness

      Posted on July 15, 2013

      These days, it’s so easy for kids to spend entire evenings on the couch while their parents run around preparing dinner and doing the washing. In many cases, there’s little to motivate children into doing anything constructive – least of all, to exercise and stay in shape. Getting any newbie to engage with exercise and […]

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    • Celebrity examples work wonders for Catherine Jane Pennington and her Total Bootcamp
    • Celebrity examples work wonders for Catherine Jane Pennington and her Total Bootcamp

      Posted on April 9, 2013

      While many parents accuse today’s celebrities of being poor role models, a few famous faces have been encouraging their young admirers to get into shape by taking part in fitness ‘bootcamps’. With the rate at which technology is currently integrating itself into the everyday lives of young people, it’s easy to see why many children […]

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    • Signs of heart disease present in obese children
    • Signs of heart disease present in obese children

      Posted on July 29, 2012

      According to a study published in Archives of Disease in Childhood journal, two thirds of obese children exhibit a problem with their health which is a contributor to heart disease. High cholesterol, blood sugar and high blood pressure may already be present by 12 years of age.

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  • Bullying led to eating disorder for Demi Lovato

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on May 17, 2011

    Being bullied as a child led to Demi Lovato now 18, suffering from anorexia, bulimia and self harming, the star has revealed in an interview with Robin Roberts, host of Good Morning America. In a revealing interview Demi has admitted that her struggle with her body image has led to her ending her career with Disney and concentrating on her music.

    The 18 year old has just finished three months of treatment to deal with her eating disorder and self harming. Her problems came to a head after the star punched a dancer while on tour with the Jonas Brothers. Lovato told the American TV host that her problems were partially caused by being bullied as a child, for being fat. At the age of 12, the singer/actress stopped eating and lost 30 lbs, which resulted in her weighing just 95 lbs at 5 ft 3 in tall.

    Although a life coach was consulted, Demi was far from okay and only ate one meal a day. By the age of 15 she was surviving on two meals a week. Although she was hardly eating, the star didn’t lose weight as her body adjusted to the amount. It was at this time that she started to take laxatives and starve herself, although that also failed to work.

    Lovato started filming Camp Rock, the hit Disney movie, while beginning to suffer from bulimia. At the height of her illness, Demi was making herself vomit up to five times a day. This had a detrimental effect on her voice, which was becoming hoarse from the strain of vomiting constantly. At this time she began to self harm, as cutting herself relieved the pressure when she was feeling stressed and anxious.

    Being in rehabilitation for three months revealed that Demi is suffering from bipolar disorder, which the star says makes sense. She said:

    There were times when I was so manic, I was writing seven songs in one night and I’d be up until 5:30 in the morning.

    Although body image is still a concern for Demi, she is taking her recovery slowly, and concentrating on her music career. She said:

    I don’t know if I could handle being in front of the camera with my body right now.


    1. I loved demi lovato….she was talented and now that I heard about her it makes me wonder how badly bullying can effect anyone. She is my role model and I have been through wat she has I have been called fat over 7 times a day at school even from guys I liked….that hurt me soo bad. I couldn’t do anything but cry myself to sleep at night I was depressed. I was depressed for months n had thoughts of suicide and well bassically symptoms of bipolar disorder….I was miserable and couldn’t keep track of where I was heading..demi is an example of a person that is so strong willed and talented. She only wanted a normal life where she could be comfortable with her self n body image unfortunately others deprived her from that :(
      As well as me

      Comment by Nicole — August 17, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    2. Couldn’t agree more Nicole. It’s important that support is out there for those suffering because of such small minded bullies

      Comment by Rachel — August 17, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

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