• 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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  • Girl writes book to hit back at bullies

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on April 13, 2011

    LaNiyah Bailey, six years old, has written a book called ‘Not fat because I wannabe.’ The book is her way of fighting back at the bullies who have called her names and teased her since the age of four. LaNiyah used to go home after pre school and sob into her mother’s arms. Her mother LaToya White, suggested that she write the book as a way to build her self confidence, but the book has been so skilfully written that LaNiyah has appeared on television and has gained a huge fan base on her website.

    The six year old girl from Chicago, has had problems with her weight since the age of three, suffering at the hands of bullies from the age of four. Her parents did all they could to help control her weight, taking her to a nutritionist and encouraging exercise by taking her to a personal trainer, but the problem persisted. Eventually, tests suggested that the little girl may have a hormonal condition affecting her weight.

    Children at her pre school called her ‘big fat elephant girl’ and ‘fatty pants’ but the taunts didn’t stop at children. Adults in the local food store would stare at LaNiyah, checking the food that her mum was buying to see if it was junk food. One daycare worker even called her ‘fatso’. Although the editor of the book wanted to make the book humorous in order to appeal to children, LaNiyah was insistent that the book was not funny. She said:

    I don’t want it to be fun. It’s not funny.

    Her father, who is a fireman, was incredibly touched by his daughters motivation and determination, saying:

    As a firefighter, I’m obligated to protect people and it doesn’t matter what they look like. It hurts me that people don’t have that same decency or kindness toward my child.

    LaNiyah wants to visit hospitals and distribute her book to children who aren’t able to buy it.

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