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Is ‘The Biggest Loser’ Reboot Even a Little Better?

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The quasi-talk-therapy segment consists of Harper telling several contestants that their body fat percentage means that they have a “90% chance of dying from an obesity-related complication.” Another contestant was told onscreen—seemingly for the first time—that he had type 2 diabetes. Once again, The Biggest Loser seems to invite viewers to revel in the voyeuristic pain and shock of watching a fat person learn that they have a chronic health condition. As I watched I felt that the show wanted to imply at every turn that these wretched fat people have only themselves to blame. In the world of the show, this is a wake-up call, evidence of the undeniable failure of his body. This is tough love.

So much of the rhetoric used by the weight-loss industry is about losing weight so you can finally get your life back, finally be happy—insistently conflating people’s body with their character and the life that is available to them. To me, The Biggest Loser does not depart from this mindset. Like so many diet companies the show too readily collapses confidence, happiness, physical health, mental health, professional success, trauma recovery, and healthy relationships all into the container of simply being thin. While The Biggest Loser highlights participants’ past traumas and emotional lives and touches time and again on the importance of psychological health, you earn points in the contest by losing weight, not by processing trauma. In other words, I struggled to take much more away from the pilot episode than the idea that losing weight makes you a winner. In the world of The Biggest Loser, your weight dictates your success. My takeaway about this as a viewer? Fat bodies are failures; thin bodies are successes.

Contestants and trainers insinuate (or outright state) that fat people will eat themselves to death and need to “win your life back.” While watching, I lost count of the number of teary-eyed contestants who referenced their own death, as if they were date-certain events. As if their very body necessitated an early demise.

One contestant, a cardiac nurse, recounts the pain she feels when patients, she assumes, doubt her credentials and trustworthiness simply because of her size. By any measure, this is a direct recounting of unchecked prejudice and bias. But in the world of the show, the bias she assumes her patients have are right: She can’t be a good nurse if she’s fat.

In that way, the new The Biggest Loser feels eerily similar to its predecessor, working overtime to link the way someone looks not only to their very mortality, but to their relationships, their sex lives, their parenting, their children’s destinies, their careers, and their very intelligence. In the world of the weight-loss industry, including in The Biggest Loser, nearly any problem in a fat person’s life can be attributed to their size. After all, even after the show’s rebrand, the only measure of success—the only way to win—is by losing the most weight. In that way, I can’t see the show as a retreat from diet culture but as an enhancement and advancement of it.

In recent years dieting has begun to fall out of favor in public discourse around health, gender, and attractiveness. Greater numbers of Americans are aware that most weight-loss diets fail. That doesn’t mean, of course, that people aren’t still dieting. Plenty still are. But while the diet industry is worth an estimated $72 billion, the wellness industry is worth an estimated $4.2 trillion. Given the growing worth of the wellness industry, it’s easy to understand why companies (and TV shows) might make wellness a bigger part of their brand identity. It seems to me that it could help their perceived relevance—and their profit margins.

As far as I’m concerned, The Biggest Loser hasn’t reinvented itself; it has only changed its clothes. The show still lingers on long shots of shirtless fat bodies, still relishes blaming fat people for the biases we face too often. Its addition of inspiring music and can-do maxims from its trainers don’t constitute its reinvention—they only make up its disguise. The show hasn’t confronted its own deep-seated and extreme antifat bias. It’s only pushed it below the surface, making it even more insidious.

No, The Biggest Loser hasn’t changed. Like the rest of the diet industry, its commitment to “wellness” is the same old wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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Migration Between Emails: Is It Always a Solution?

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Much of our online life is connected with email. It is needed for almost all activities on the Internet: tickets, receipts, and passwords are sent there. Too much personal data is stored in your inbox, from which one can create a dossier of your interests, travels, and social connections. Phishing attacks that are launched via email and can compromise the entire corporate network are dangerous for businesses. The risks for individuals are different, but they are no less serious. Therefore, if you are not satisfied with your mailing service, perhaps it is time to change it.

How to Migrate from One Email Service to Another?

Whatever the reason for your decision is, there are two possible ways to transfer all your data from one service to another, i.e., manual and automated.

As you may guess, the first approach is used by people who have at least a common understanding of how the email works. If you are not sure that you can perform this task without data loss, use the advanced email converter to do it for you. 

Is It Always a Solution?

If you are a Gmail user, you may be outraged that Google uses some of the information from your mailbox in its other services. For example, data from air tickets are automatically added to the calendar, and a map of the booked hotel location is loaded into your phone. These tools are useful and can save you time, but few people will like that email data is used for other purposes.

Another question is how secure your email is and whether it is good enough for your needs. For many people, the protection level of Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo is more than enough. The account can be further secured using two-factor authentication, which includes security keys.

Another option is to use a completely different service that puts privacy first and uses end-to-end encryption wherever possible. This is especially useful if you plan to send some sensitive data via email that should not be related to your identity.

Create a Temporary Email Account

Gmail and Outlook have billions of users because of their convenience. They are both free and provide access to a variety of services on their own cloud platforms. For these reasons, they cannot be completely abandoned, but there is also another option, i.e., a temporary email.

Accounts created for one-time use will help you avoid advertising and marketing spam. Increasingly, companies are starting to implement such account opportunities into their services to prevent competitors from collecting user data. This is primarily achieved by creating a one-time address from random numbers and letters that can be used to register with the service. If necessary, they can even forward correspondence to your permanent email. So, why not to separate your private and work emails? 

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How to Choose Children’s Shoes Right: Tips and Tricks

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From the moment the baby appears, it grows up so rapidly that it soon requires children’s shoes. Therefore, the question of how to choose the right children’s shoes is very important. After all, the health of the baby depends on what products parents buy. There are many nuances that you will have to face when choosing footwear. So, let’s discuss them together.

Why It Is Important to Choose the Shoes Correctly

It is necessary to choose the right size of toddler boy shoes, to distinguish high-quality material from low-quality, to understand whether it is comfortable for your child to wear a particular pair on his feet.

Parents need to remember that children’s footwear should not affect the anatomically correct formation of the baby’s feet, so footwear should be of high quality, made from safe and non-toxic materials, and meet the strictest orthopedic requirements. Besides, they should please both you and your baby in design.

Fitting Tips

When a certain pair has already been chosen, there are several moments to pay attention to:

  • Suitable instep: pay attention to the instep or fullness of the foot. Shoes in no case can be very narrow, as blood circulation can be damaged. Moreover, if it is a winter pair, then in such footwear the child can catch a cold. Make sure that the feet get the required support.
  • Fullness: footwear that fits well in terms of fullness will be effortlessly put on. Today, almost all manufacturers produce shoes of different fullness within the same size: wide, medium, and narrow.
  • Space: Try to choose shoes that leave a small space between the toes and the end of the shoes (about 1.5 cm). This applies to both winter and summer shoes. In summer, the leg will swell due to the heat and, accordingly, will increase in size. In winter, this “extra” space will allow you to put on denser and warmer socks, without bringing discomfort to the baby.
  • Insole: If you are choosing a closed pair, pay special attention to the insole. It should be removable, well absorb moisture, and remain wash-resistant.
  • Heel: Many experts are unanimous in the opinion that children’s shoes should have a small heel since it does not allow the child to fall back and actively participates in the formation of the correct gait.

Finally, shoes should be made of breathable and natural material. This is very important since the children’s legs often sweat. However, walking with wet feet is both unpleasant and uncomfortable, and extremely dangerous to health. Pay attention to the flexibility of the material — this will provide additional comfort, as well as improve air circulation and allow excess moisture to evaporate. Good luck!

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5 Benefits of Digital Savings Account During COVID-19

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Nothing has taught us the value of savings more than this global pandemic. People have lost jobs, their health is deteriorating, and most importantly, innumerable lives have been lost. In such critical times, savings are all we have got. Caught in the lockdown for several months, everything has gone online. From teaching to banking, people have adjusted to the digital phase in every sector. Digital banking is offering more advantages than ever to its consumers.

From opening a digital savings account to applying for loans, it has never been easier to interact with banks/financial institutions. If you are thinking to open a digital savings account, the online mode is your best bet. In conditions of social distancing and other norms, it is better to operate from your home and open digital savings account in just a few clicks.

We all know how much of a good habit saving money is in today’s times, when you never know what emergency may strike you next. That is why everyone needs to have a dedicated digital savings account as a corpus for emergency situations.

Here are a few benefits of opening a digital savings account in time of Covid-19:

  • Provides Security

When you open a digital savings account, your money is kept safe in the bank. As we all know, keeping a large amount of cash at home is risky. With a digital savings account, you do not need to worry about theft, misplacement, or overspending of your savings.

  • Liquidity

The main purpose of such an account is to encourage savings for long-term benefit. In case of emergencies, it also acts as great financial assistance; unlike a fixed deposit, the money in a savings account can be accessed whenever required. The money in a digital savings account is saved and kept aside as an emergency fund. Because it is online, you can access your funds instantly through your mobiles or laptops.

  • Easy to Open

Banks have now made banking-on-the-go easy. It’s simple to open a digital savings account. Much more efficient than the offline mode, online banking is quick and convenient. You can instantly open digital savings account from the comfort of your home at any time. You can also browse through different financial institutions to find the best one online.

  • Earning Interest

Most banks offer interest in digital savings accounts at a rate of 4%, while some also give the account holders an interest of up to 7%. Earning interest acts as a great incentive to encourage long term savings. The interest earned can also help add to your overall income.

  • Value-Added Services

Many banks offer rewards and value-added services with a digital savings account. Benefits like cash backs, discounts, accident/medical insurance, entertainment discounts, etc. are offered as incentives. You can enquire about your chosen bank/financial institution about benefits like these and then select the best option. Online banking has a dedicated team of customer service 24X7 to any of your doubts and guides you through the processes.

Open a Digital Savings Account Today

We all are facing financial troubles lately due to the global Coronavirus outbreak. Realizing the importance of savings is crucial, especially during this time. Reputable banks like Axis Bank offer a range of savings accounts. You can digitally open a savings account and avail benefits like cash backs, dining discounts, accident insurance, and more.

You just need to follow four easy steps online:

  • PAN and Aadhar verification
  • Personal details
  • Fund your account
  • KYC verification via video call

So, for a stable financial position in all the tough times, open your digital savings account without any delay!

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