David and Sarah Bentley don't mind saying this: They look better today than they did on their wedding day nearly nine years ago – and so do Sarah's parents, Steve and Debbie Hoffman. All four were overweight on that momentous occasion, and continued to gain weight for several years afterward. The Hoffmans said they were fooled into thinking that the processed "health" foods they were eating were good for them. Four years ago, Steve weighed 400 pounds; his wife, 270 pounds. The Bentleys pushed into a life that would include two children. "We were the eat-out, take-out people. We never cooked," said Sarah, who weighed as much as her mom when she decided in early 2014 that enough was enough. Her husband weighed nearly 350 pounds. Each of the four Western New York family members has since dropped at least 100 pounds – 447 pounds in all. They used a program called Advocare to shed weight, and recently were featured in the company's 25th anniversary issue magazine. Advocare is a … [Read more...] about Mom, dad, daughter and son-in-law each lost 100 pounds. Here’s how.
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By CAROLYN HAX, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST Published 4:17 pm CDT, Thursday, September 13, 2018 Keep clicking or swiping through the slideshow for "Fertile Fathers" Keep clicking or swiping through the slideshow for "Fertile Fathers" Photo: Chapin31, Getty Images Mel Gibson:Dad to nine kids. Mel Gibson: Dad to nine kids. Photo: Angela Weiss, Getty Images Eric Clapton: Dad to five kids.Ruth Kelly Clapton, Conor (1986-1991), Julie Rose, Ella May, and Sophie Belle Eric Clapton : Dad to five kids. Ruth Kelly Clapton, Conor (1986-1991), Julie Rose, Ella May, and Sophie Belle Photo: Neil Lupin/Redferns Via Getty Images Chuck Norris:Dad to five children.Mike, Eric, Dakota, Dina, and Danilee Chuck Norris: Dad to five children. Mike, Eric, Dakota, Dina, and … [Read more...] about Carolyn Hax: When to include Mom in the delivery room
Tyra Banks has hit out at sexism in the workplace.The 44-year-old model - who has a two-year-old son called York with photographer Erik Asla - has slammed the double standards she sees in her daily life, and she's incorporated her frustrations into her latest movie 'Life-Size 2', the sequel to 2000's 'Life-Size'.Tyra explained: "When a mother is a very busy mom, people kind of vilify that, but if a dad is busy it's like, oh, he's just doing what a dad is supposed to do."Tyra described the storyline in the movie as an example of "backdoor female empowerment".Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, she shared: "[Grace] has a scene with her [mother] and she's like, 'Mommy, you were busy.'"And the mom was like, 'I was building a frickin' empire. Where was your daddy? I don't see you complaining about him not being around.' So it's a backdoor female empowerment."The world-famous model also revealed she's tried to incorporate her own experiences in the business world into the fantasy-comedy … [Read more...] about Tyra Banks bemoans workplace sexism
JPMorgan Chase on Thursday agreed to pay a bombshell $5 million to hundreds of men who claimed they weren’t given the same paid leave as women when they became parents. The proposed class-action settlement, filed in Ohio federal court, is the culmination of a 2017 complaint brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, alleging Chase was biased against one of their employees, named Derek Rotondo. “I love my children, and all I wanted was to spend time with them when they were born,” Rotondo said in a statement from the ACLU. “I’m proud that since I filed my charge, Chase has clarified its policy to ensure that both male and female employees who wish to be the primary parental caregiver have equal access to those benefits.” This is the biggest settlement ever recorded in a US parental leave discrimination case, Rotondo’s lawyers said. In his complaint, Rotondo claimed that when he asked to take 14 weeks of leave after his son was born, … [Read more...] about Dad reaches historic paid leave settlement with JPMorgan Chase
Lew Sichelman A recent advisory from a federal consumer watchdog agency is shining new light on the growing problem of elder financial abuse. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is urging financial institutions to report situations in which they suspect seniors are being exploited. In the housing sector, elder abuse takes many forms, as do its perpetrators. Sometimes it involves a rogue loan officer or real estate agent who creates false loan documents, persuades an unwitting senior to sign them and then keeps the proceeds for themselves. More often than not, though, the culprit is a family member. According to the MetLife Mature Market Institute, some 60 percent of substantiated financial abuse cases involve an elder’s adult child. Sons are most likely to rip off their parents or grandparents – even more so than a paramour, bogus contractor, fly-by-night handyman or shady lender or agent. The CFPB saidthat between 2013 and 2017, the … [Read more...] about How Banks Can Help Protect Seniors’ Homes