Gerundizing in English

Gerundizing

In English, gerundizing is the process of adding ‘ing’ to the verb. When verbs are gerundized, they function as partly verbs and partly nouns. In other words, by adding ‘ing’ to any verb, the verb changes its function to be a partly noun and partly verb.

Functions of gerunds

1) As subjects of sentences

Gerunds or gerundized verbs when used as subjects of sentences often put at the beginning when focusing on activity as the subject of conversation.

Smoking is dangerous.

Reading EzineArticles is interesting.

Writing articles needs a lot of practice.

Playing tennis is good for your health, and good fun!

Learning a foreign language is not always difficult.

The shooting of the hunter was terrible.

Flying a plane can be dangerous.

The teaching of the doctrine is misleading the people.

Traveling is fun.

The introducing of the new software was clear enough to understand.

2) As an object of a verb

Gerunds here function as objects of verbs. In English there are certain verbs which are gerundized functioning as objects of verbs.

The following are verbs that are commonly followed by the gerund form: like, fancy, dislike, hate, love, abhor, disgust, stop, cease, continue, mind, admit, deny, advise, avoid, consider, delay, cancel, discuss, enjoy, finish, keep, postpone, suggest, recommend, regret, participate, risk, tolerate and go, etc.

Examples:

I like swimming. My sister fancies cooking. We dislike gossiping. I hate waiting especially for nothing. We love dancing. Anita abhors provoking. We disgust plagiarizing. Why do you stop trying? Indonesia decided to cease firing the Malaysian troops. We continue trying our best. Would you mind opening the door? We admit making mistakes. You deny stealing the money? We advise closing the site asap. Helen avoided meeting Pricila. Don’t ever delay doing things. They have discussed meeting in the next meeting. Do you enjoy surfing? Have you finished doing your project? Keep trying. Don’t postpone writing your thesis. We suggested/ recommended postponing the program. We regret being unable to come. We participated finalizing the proposal.We risk continuing the plant. Don’t tolerate ceating in any game. Harry avoided paying late fees on the account. Denny denied knowing anything about the corruption. I postponed making a decision until Monday. She regrets not studying French in college. Hanna enjoys listening to classical music. Jason admits spending too much money on toys. Let’s go swimming!

3) After certain expressions (can’t help, can’t resist, can’t bear, can’t stand, can’t stop, can’t persist)

Gerunds are used after the expressions such as can’t help, can’t resist, can’t bear, can’t stand, can’t stop, can’t persist,

Examples:

I can’t stop falling in love with English. Jenny can’t resist eating chocolate mints. His words can’t bear repeating. Terry can’t stand staying in Indonesia because it’s hot. I can’t stop wanting the woman..

4) Phrasal verbs with particle prepositions are Gerundized

Gerunds are used after phrasal verbs (verbs followed by particle prepositions), in other words, gerunds are used with phrasal verbs that end in prepositions. Phrasal verbs are verb phrases which are made up of two or more words, generally the verb plus one or two prepositions such as: think of, look into, call off, get over, figure out, look forward to, put off, take over, stop off, deal in, object to, ccount on, rely on, etc.

Examples:

Have you thought of moving to the country? Never put off doing things. The coach called off practicing for the day. Tom looked into finding a new job.She took a long time to get over losing her dog. I looked into buying a new computer. Sally succeeded in geting over losing weight. We look forward to meeting you again at ezinearticles.com. Why don’t you take over overseeing the project? Terry stopped off shopping for the family. We deal in distibuting gas in the country. We object to manipulating the data. The man just counts on collecting garbage to live his family. Don’t rely on using the dictionary for meanings.

5) As objects of prepositions

In English verbs are gerundized as objects of prepositions: in, on, at, for, by, of, off, from, into, out of, oppositte, etc. This means that whenever a verb follows a preposition, the gerund or ‘ing’ form of the verb is used. This is especially important for adjective + preposition combinations and phrasal verbs (shown above) which generally end in prepositions.

Examples:

In making a decision there are many things to consider. On checking the goods, we found something wrong with the goods. We need to discuss before we arrive at making up our mind. I am here for attending a writing workshop. By following the formula, we can make money fast. Instead of staying I’d rather go to theatre. We have just come from visiting the factory.

6) Certain Adjectives with certain prepositions take Gerunds

In English gerunds are used after certain adjectives with certain preposition combinations which include: afraid of, good/bad/poor, excellent for (in, at), interested in, different from, tired of, astonished/surprised at (by), sure about/of, capable of, slow in, similar to, to be/get accustomed to/used to, similar to, etc.

Examples:

I am afraid of waking up my father. Some of the cadets are bad at spelling words in English. You are good at speaking English. They are poor at pronouncing words in Indonesian. These vegetables are exccelent forimproving your health. I am interested in writing articles on music and sports. Are you afraid of climbing the mountain? The tour guide is tired of leading the tour. John is good at speaking Dutch. Sally was afraid of walking alone in the dark. They are capable of solving their complicated problem. We are used to/accustomed to working late at night.

7) As objects of possessive adjectives

Verbs are gerundized after possessive adjectives such as my, your, his, her, our, their, its, Mary’s, John’s, etc.

Examples:

Thank you for your coming. Do you like my coming to your office? I don’t mind his asking me about our business. We always hope his visiting to our site. We didn’t object to their interrupting us during the discussion. I expected Mary’s coming yesterday. John’s questioning may be right. I don’t understand its teaching us about the game.

8. As objects of objective pronouns

After objective pronouns such as me, you, him, her, them, her, him, us, it, Mary, Tom, etc. verbs are gerundized too.

I disagree with him suggesting such an idea. I like him coming over to my office. Do you like me coming to your office? I don’t mind him asking me about our business. I expected Mary coming yesterday. I don’t understand him behaving so rudely to us.

8) need, want, require+ Gerund

When verbs need, want and require are gerundized, they may have a passive infinitive meaning.

Examples:

The flowers are dying so they need watering (They need to be watered). The floor is dirty so it requires cleaning (It requires to be cleaned). The deck wants painting (It wants to be painted).

9. no use and worth + Gerund

Gerunds are also used after such expressions as no use, no value, no essence, no ground, no excuse, no reason and (not) worth.

Examples:

There is no use crying over the spilt milk. It is (not) worth doing such an activity anymore, it’s useless. There is no ground complaining about the defeat. There is no excuse coming late again.

10. No+ Gerunds to make prohibitions in English.

In English when making prohibitions with “no”, gerunds are often used or the verbs are gerundized.

Examples:

No smoking (smoking is not allowed) No parking! No tresspassing! No provoking! No overtaking!

In summary, English verbs are gerundized by adding ‘ing’ to any verb, and the verbs gerundized change their functions to be partly nouns and partly verbs. Gerunds can function in English as subjects of sentences, as objects of verbs, of prepositions, of possessive objectives, of possessive adjectives, etc.

The Holistic Approach to Addiction

The Holistic approach to disease is to identify the root causes of the disease and then provide information and use natural methods to eliminate these causes and heal. The holistic approach focuses on healing. It treats disease as “dis-ease “- an imbalance of mind, body and spirit. The holistic approach provides information and methods to re-balance mind, body and spirit.

Likewise, addictions involve imbalance of mind, body and spirit. The holistic approach is to heal the addiction, to reverse it. To do this, we must eliminate the root causes of the addiction and re-balance mind, body and spirit.

Whether an addiction is to a substance or a behavior, the holistic approach is always the same- i.e., to re-balance mind-body and spirit. To do this requires accurate information and specific techniques. This includes information and techniques with respect to spiritual practices including meditation, prayer and visualizations, energy body cleansing and healing, positive thinking techniques, emotional release, detoxification, nutrition, exercise and stretching,

The holistic approach contains some elements found in the twelve steps – especially with respect to the spiritual components of the twelve steps. The twelve steps were developed by Alcoholics Anonymous and later used to also treat drug addiction. But, the holistic approach goes beyond the twelve steps.

The holistic approach also uses love to heal. To a great extent, it is a lack of love that leads to addiction (a lack of love of the addict by others and a lack of self love). So, the antidote to a lack of love is more and more love, kindness, gentleness, softness, positive words and gestures, hugs, and positive energy – the energy of infinite, unconditional love. Love heals.

The primary causes of addiction are spiritual, emotional and energy problems. These problems involve obsessive and compulsive thoughts and cravings. These thoughts and cravings are caused by negative changes in bran chemistry and brain wave activity. These changes are caused by spiritual, emotional and energy problems. Therefore, the remedies must be spiritual, emotional and energy.

These remedies include emotional release and heart-centered prayer, mediation and visualizations along with natural supplements that work on addiction, cravings and anxiety. They also involve energy healing through Reiki. Qi Gong, Integrated Energy Therapy, Acupuncture and other energy healing modalities. Bio feedback and hypnosis also help. All these techniques work on the unconscious mind and energy body.

So, let’s examine the causes of addiction. First and foremost, addiction involves a strong energy attachment to the addictive substance or behavior. The strong energy attachment adversely affects brain chemistry and brain wave activity and compels ongoing, relentless craving.

Conventional medicine focuses on the brain, behavior and pharmaceutical drugs. It ignores the energy body, the unconscious mind and natural remedies. The holistic approach focuses on the whole person, mind, body and spirit. With respect to addiction, it first focuses on the energy body and unconscious mind. Problems with the energy body and unconscious mind result in problems with brain chemistry and brain wave activity. This leads to ongoing negative thoughts and emotions, low self-esteem, behavior problems, compulsions, craving and addiction.

It all begins with the energy body. The energy body is defined as the aura, charkas, meridians and nadis (also known as spirit) and the soul or higher self. The energy body is the seat of the unconscious mind. In a clean and healthy energy body, the soul is fully connected to the spirit and the energy body is intact, clean, bright and vibrant.

A clean and healthy energy body automatically works to draw in, process and distribute life force energy through the body and brain to keep them healthy. Life force energy flows to each cell of the body and brain through the blood vessels. When a person’s energy body is healthy and clean, that person’s brain chemistry and brain wave activity are normal and balanced.

The energy body gets damaged from trauma. The trauma could be childhood or adult trauma. Trauma rips apart the energy body and results in “soul” loss. Soul loss involves some disconnection or blockage that separates the soul from the spirit and causes cracks and fissures to form in the aura. Energy blockages and energy attachments ensue.

The effects of trauma often cause the person to not feel whole, balanced, peaceful or happy. There is loss of inner power, energy and self-esteem. There is a void that must be filled and anger, fear, resentment, regrets and/or guilt that must be assuaged. The addiction often fills the void and soothes the raw, negative emotions.

Often, trauma causes a hard shell that forms around the heart that then must be de-armored through energy healing. The heart or heart chakra must be unblocked to ensure the flow of peaceful, life force energy in the body and brain for healing. Trauma often causes blockages to form in the solar plexus chakra. The solar plexus chakra must be unblocked to bolster one’s self esteem, power and energy.

Often, trauma leads to depression and anxiety. Addicts are often depressed and anxious. Energy blockages in the chakras cause us to hold onto anger, fear, anxiety, resentment, guilt and/or shame. Thee blockages, along with damage to the energy body from trauma, change conscious and unconscious beliefs from positive to negative. They disturb our inner peace and peace of mind and drain our power, self esteem and energy. They then compel ongoing negative thoughts and emotions. These changes affect behavior. The person is no longer balanced, grounded and able to draw in, process and distribute life force energy.

The first step to reverse addiction is to acknowledge it, desire to reverse it and commit to reverse it. The next step is to believe the addiction can be reversed and to focus your entire being on reversing the addiction. Focus on achieve balance and happiness, to feel whole and complete, to achieve and maintain inner peace, peace of mind and joy. The mind and will when focused are very powerful healing tools. It is also important to develop skills to cope with stress because stress often drives us back to addiction.

So first, surrender the addiction to God and the Divine. Close your eyes and center yourself in your heart/heart chakra and say “I am addicted and the addiction is too powerful for me. I call on you God and all the Divine angels of Light who are around me and I surrender my addiction to you and ask for your help. My addiction is out of my control. I need your help.”

Then say “I am healthy, whole and complete. I am so loved by God and the Divine. I will end this addiction with your help.” Know in your heart that this will be done and that your birthright is to be happy and healthy.

Next, take the steps to achieve balance and happiness. This requires inner work. The first step is to flush out and let go of past traumas, one at a time- layer by layer. At the same time, flush out and release all stored negative emotions. This is done through visualizations.

These visualizations will ensure that the traumas no longer have an emotional grip on you. Close your eyes and center yourself in your heart. Visualize that each trauma, one at a time, and all related negative emotions are in your hands. Then, with open palms to the heavens, visualize that you lift these traumas and negative emotions from you and offer them to God and the Divine. Ask God and the Divine to take these traumas and negative emotions from you. Feel them lift off you as if a burden has been lifted from you.

Visualize that each trauma, one at a time, is in a glass ball that hovers in front of your body and is attached to your body with an energy chord. Next, visualize that you put your hands on top of the glass ball. Now, through your applied will and intent, thrust the visualized ball deep into the ground with your hands. Actually thrust the visualized ball deep into the ground. Imagine that the energy chords that connect you to the trauma-ball snap and fall away as you thrust the ball deep into the ground and say “Be gone. Deep into the ground you go.” An alternative visualization is to see yourself placing each of these traumas in separate shoe boxes and throwing them down an open well. Feel and see the energy chords that attach you to these shoe boxes snap and fall away as you throw them down the well.

After you do these exericses, send visualized white light from your heart to these traumas to heal their grip on you.

The next step is to fill your body with visualized white light. So, you flush out and let go of the negative and fill up with the positive. Breathe in positive energy. Draw in positive energy with white light visualization. Sit or lie down, close your eyes and shift into your heart, focus only on your breath. Breathe deeply into your heart and torso through your nose. Visualize that with each breath you are breathing in visualized white light as pure unconditional love. Hold each breath for a few seconds and breathe out all negativity and tension through your pursed lips as visualized grey smoke. Relax..Breathe in visualized white light and push it out a foot or two from your body and hold it there with the intention of raising your vibrations and burning off all negative energy. Visualize your body filled and surrounded by white light.

You can find more white light visualizations on YouTube. When you do them visualize that the white light fills your entire body and raises your vibrations as it burns off all negative energy.

Do violet flame meditations and visualizations. You can find them on YouTube also. When you do them, visualize there is a violet flame in your torso that raises your vibrations and burns off all negative energy. These are energy-cleansing exercises.

Next, cleanse, heal, balance and align your chakras through chakra meditations and visualizations. You can find them on YouTube. Pay particular attention to your heart, solar plexus, base and root chakra. Breathe visualized white light into these chakras Put your hand over your heart and solar plexus and direct visualized white light into them. Imagine that your solar plexus chakra is bathed in the color yellow. Imagine that the color green bathes your heart chakra. Then, imagine these chakras spin freely, free of all blockages. Use your hand to make a circle in the air near these chakra points to indicate that they now spin freely, clean and bright without blockage. If you believe that have a hard shell around your heart, close your eyes and visualize that a laser beam if white light continuously and strongly hits the hard shell around your heart and visualize that the shell melts away and leaves you with a clean, pink heart.

Sit or lie down, close your eyes and focus on each major chakra and the corresponding color for it one at a time and imagine that it is bathed in that color as the chakra: focus on your lower back and the color red (say the word red a few times), next your belly and the color orange (say the word orange a few times), next, your solar plexus and the color yellow (say the word yellow a few times), next your heart and the color green (say the word green a few times), next, your higher heart just above your heart and the color pink or teal (say the word pink or teal a few times), next your throat and the color blue (say the color blue a few times), next the middle of your forehead and the color indigo (say the word indigo a few times) and finally your crown and the color purple (say the word purple a few times). With your eyes closed, focus your attention on the major chakra points of the body. Focus on each one, one at a time, for a couple of minutes: the belly, the solar plexus and the heart. Visualize each of these chakras, one at a time, are filled with white light and turning clockwise like a wheel, free of blockages.

The next step is to cut the energy cable that attaches you to addictive substances or behaviors through energy chord cutting visualizations. Imagine that there is a cable that connects to your body and the addictive substance or behavior. Then, with your non-dominant hand, grab that visualized cable. With your dominant hand, imagine that your dominant hand is a blade. Now, slice through the cable with your dominant hand. Imagine that you slice right through the cable and it falls away.

At the same time, get energy body cleansing and healing through Acupuncture, Massage and Reiki, Qi Gong, Integrated Energy Therapy and/or another energy healing method.

Daily prayer and meditation from the heart are important. Start with deep cleansing breaths. Sit or lie down. Get comfortable and relaxed. Close your eyes and focus only on your breaths. In prayer, praise and thank God for all your blessings, say powerful prayers from your faith, ask for forgiveness for all sins, and ask the Divine to take away all sins and negativity from you.

Do zone-out meditation. Sit or lie down. Get comfortable and relax. Close your eyes. Get into a deeply, relaxed state by focusing only on your breath. Slow down your breath and say “re” on the in breath and “lax” on the out breath.

Forgive all. Forgive yourself. Forgiveness means to let go so whatever you did or whatever was done to you no longer has an emotional grip on you. Do not cling to injuries, harm, mistakes and sins. Let it all go.

Visualize that your inner child is right in front of you. Smile as you send him or her unconditional love as visualized white light from your heart. Tell him or her that you love him or her and that he or she is now safe to play. Let him or her know that you are now the inner parent to the inner child and all is fine. Your inner child is still part of you and this is the process to heal childhood wounds. As you do this, you will feel more peaceful, relaxed, confident and happy. Love heals all.

Depression and anxiety often accompany addiction. To reverse depression and anxiety, use mind, body and spirit techniques. First and foremost, relax and raise your vibrations. When anxiety comes, shift out of your head and center yourself in your heart. Focus only on your breath until worried thoughts fade away.

Here is a visualization to help you relax: Sit or lie down, close your eyes and focus only on your deep and slow breaths. Visualize the color light blue for relaxation. Visualize the following: you are lying on your back on a raft in the middle of a calm blue ocean, surrounded by a beautiful light blue sky. There is light blue everywhere. Visualize that you are sitting on a beach chair on a beautiful, tropical beach with palm trees and lush tropical vegetation nearby. You are surrounded by the light blue sky and a calm blue ocean with soft waves that gently roll up the beach. Imagine that you smell the salt air and hear the gentle waves go in and out. Now, visualize that you drop into the salt water from your raft and immerse your head and entire body in the water. Visualize that the water washes away all negativity and negative energy in you.

Here are some ways to raise your vibrations: Lie down on your left side and put your right arm on your left forearm, close your eyes and stay heart centered and feel your vibrations rise. To raise your vibrations, close your eyes and clasp your hands together or place your hands on your thighs. Visualize a bright white sun in the middle of your solar plexus and push out visualized white light about six inches from your body.

Here are some additional ways to raise your vibrations. Sit down and relax, elevate your legs and close your eyes. Focus on your solar plexus with your eyes closed with the intent of raising your vibrations. Put your hand on your solar plexus and direct healing energy there. Hold high vibration crystals like orgone or citrine in you left hand while you do these exercises. Open your hand and repeatedly slap your upper chest, just below your neck. Do this at least 10 times in a row and then stop. Feel your vibrations rise. Some other ways include sounds designed to raise your vibrations that you will find in videos and CDs including on YouTube, crystal bowls, drumming, high vibration rock music, vibrating chairs, beds and massage devices.

As you raise your vibrations, depression and anxiety will fade away. This is because the first cause of anxiety and depression is low vibration, negative energy that gets in our energy field. The higher vibrations will burn off this negative energy.

Center yourself in your heart and send unconditional love from your heart to the world or another person as visualized white light. The positive energy you send out will come back to you in multiples for healing and wellness. To raise your vibrations, elevate your mood, smile, laugh, dance, listen to upbeat music, exercise, do yoga or take a walk in nature.

Often, we need to say something to another person who has wronged us or we need to apologize to another who we wronged. Either way, for the sake of you own happiness, it is important to express yourself. However, it is often not possible to say what we want to say directly. So, here is what to do: write down what you want to say to the other. Make it short and logical. Now, visualize the person is right in front of you and speak to that person what you wrote down without anger, bitterness, fear or rancor. Then, let it all go

Essential oils and color will help with depression and anxiety. For depression, visualize green or go outdoors around green plants and trees. For anxiety, visualize light blue or go outdoors around running water or large bodies of water and take in all that blue. Alternatively, watch scenes form nature (greenery and water) on your computer and meditate on these scenes. For anxiety, the essential oils vanilla and sandalwood are great. For depression, the essential oils citrus and floral scents are great.

Detoxify your body and your environment. This will help you feel better. Supplements will help with detoxification. They will also help with anxiety and depression. Detoxify with probiotics, mistletoe, greens and green juices, milk thistle and kidney flush along with parsley and cilantro, fresh lemon and water, iodine supplements and full trace minerals supplements and hot water and Himalayan salt. Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins.

Holistic research indicates the benefits of the following supplements with respect to addiction and cravings: kratom, skullcap, ginkgo biloba, gaba, apple cider vinegar and caffeine. Holistic research indicates the benefits of the following supplements with respect to anxiety and depression, which are often linked to addiction: dark chocolate/cocoa (taken as a hot drink), valerian root, 5 htp, sam-e. St. John’s wort, hawthorn, magnesium, b complex vitamins, ashwgandha, passion flower (often taken as a tea), chamomile (often taken as a tea), holy basil and colloidal gold For general brain health, use coconut oil, Co Q 10, lycopene and ginkgo biloba and get reflexology. These supplements and reflexology will improve circulation and open up the meridians to bring needed life force energy to the brain cells.

Take salt baths for relaxation. When you take a bath or shower, visualize that the water removes all negative energy from you and the negative energy goes right down the drain.

Work on positive thinking. Stop ongoing thoughts that dwell on the painful past or future – blame, anger, resentment, regrets and guilt. Stop thoughts about anxiety and worries of the future. Be mindful of your thoughts. Monitor your thoughts and emotional state often.

When negative thoughts and emotions come in, move from the negative to the positive. Do not attach to negative thoughts. When thoughts about the painful past or worrisome future come in, use Distract and Substitute – i.e., focus your mind on a positive thought, image, mantra or prayer that make you feel peaceful and happy. When negative thoughts come in, shift out of your head and into your heart and just be in the moment.

Stay in your heart and be fully engaged in the moment with full attention in your heart and through your senses – and not through ongoing thoughts. Center yourself in your heart and the middle of your forehead. Ground yourself often with grounding visualizations. You can find these visualizations on YouTube.

Say positive affirmations often to change your beliefs about yourself from negative to positive. Boost your self esteem with positive affirmations. Say them to yourself over and over. “I am love, I am loved, I am happy, peaceful and serene, I am powerful, strong and confident. I am loving, patient and kind.” You can find many helpful positive affirmations on YouTube.

Do brain wave entrainment exercises. These include alpha, beta, delta and theta brain wave entrainment meditations. You can find them on YouTube. If necessary, try biofeedback and hypnosis.

Reduce stress and exposure to negativity. To reduce stress and exposure to negativity, orient your thoughts, acts and speech to the positive. Reduce your exposure to stress factors. Avoid conflict, argument and drama. Avoid negative and toxic people, environments and situations. Avoid people who drain your energy, people who intimidate and cause you to get angry, people who trigger a negative and impulsive emotional response in you and people who judge and criticize you.

Walk away from drama, argument and conflict. Focus on people, environments and situations that empower you, make your feel happy and loved. Focus on pets and nature and places where there is a lot of positive energy. Open up your heart to receive and send love to all. At the same time set and maintain boundaries to reduce stress and negativity.

Eat primarily whole, fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Organic and raw is best to maximize the vitamins and minerals you consume and minimize the toxins you ingest. Drink primarily water and tea. This will help you feel better.

Stop eating processed, packaged and refined foods and sugary and artificially flavored drinks. These are toxic foods and drinks. The toxins in them get into your cells including your brain cells. So, diet can impact brain chemistry and brain wave activity.

Get plenty of exercise. Get your heart rate up through cardio. Lift light-weights, stretch and do yoga. Move and dance, Listen to upbeat and peaceful music. Surround yourself with art, colors and nature. Keep your surroundings clean and orderly. Cultivate peace and happiness. Engage in positive activities each day that make you feel happy.

Childhood Obesity vs. Baby Fat

We often dismiss children who are overweight as simply having “baby fat” or “puppy fat.” But is there such a thing? Where do you draw the line between baby fat, which the child will grow out of, and regular fat as a result of childhood obesity, which is there to stay?

Experts are divided on whether there truly is such a thing as “baby fat.” Some studies have shown that kids who were overweight at age 11 were still overweight at age 17. But those studies may not go far enough: Lots of us were chubby in high school, only to lose it in college — say, at 20 or 21, not 17 — and often without having to do much in the way of diet or exercise.

On the other hand, being overweight can cause many problems for kids and adolescents, even if it’s “harmless” baby fat. Even young people can develop diabetes and high blood pressure, and if they remain overweight as they grow up, they put themselves at serious risk for heart attacks and strokes.

Furthermore, children are particularly susceptible to teasing or bullying from their peers over their weight. While adults tend to discriminate against obese people less overtly, kids will taunt each other openly and cruelly. This can dramatically affect a child’s self-esteem, academic performance, and personality. Often these social reasons for losing weight can be just as compelling as the medical ones.

So what is the difference between “baby fat” (if there is such a thing) and just plain fat? The body mass index, or BMI, can give you some insight. A child with a BMI of 30 or higher is classified as “obese.” Even allowing that some of the excess weight will likely drop off by itself when the child hits a growth spurt, a BMI of 30 or more indicates there is some fat there that needs to be dealt with.

BMI from 25-30 is considered “overweight.” That may be the gray area if your child is under 10: It could be baby fat, and it could be something more serious. By the time children reach adolescence, though — say age 12 or 13 — the “baby fat” ought to be coming off. If you see an opposite trend developing, where the child is maintaining his or her weight or gaining some, it’s time to stop assuming it’s baby fat. As the studies have shown, fat 12-year-olds tend to be fat 17-year-olds, too.

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Another consideration is how the child feels about it. Many children are teased about their weight yet don’t realize there may be something they can do about it. Look for signs that your child is unhappy at school, or unhappy with his or her physical appearance. Sometimes the best reason to lose weight is not because childhood obesity is unhealthy but simply because you want to.

5 Tips to Buy or Make Gifts For Kids

Choosing gifts for your own kids is not a rocket science, but it can be harder to decide on a gift for kids who don’t live with you, such as godsons, nieces and grandchildren, just to name a few. Kids grow up and develop their interests at their own pace. So, here are a few tips that can make the choice a bit easier for you.

#1. Talk to the parents first

Making a quick phone call to the kids’ parents can help you decide on the right gift. Oftentimes, kids have interests that are inspired by a popular TV show or something that is quite popular at school. For instance, some kids love to collect particular items, such as Pokemon cards, marbles, Yugi-oh cards, and Bey blades, just to name a few. In the same way, girls want accessories that match their toys, such as Barbie doll outfits.

Tip #2 Online toy stores

As an adult, you have no idea what your kids like or dislike as far as toys are concerned. You can get suggestions from an online toy store. With a bit of research, it will be easier for you to get suggestions and order some toys that the kids would love to play with.

If you have no idea which website you should browse for gift ideas, you can search Google for relevant terms. For instance, you can write “toys for kids” to get a list of websites that sell toys for tots.

Tip #3 The classics

Some gifts for kids are always in. For instance, toys such as Lego, crafts, Barbies, magic tricks, stickers and bouncy balls never go out of style. As far as our experience goes, books don’t make good gifts, but they can give enjoyments for years to come. Books are a kind of classic gifts for kids.

Tip #4 Family presents

It’s a great idea to give gifts to the entire family at a festival, such as Christmas. For instance, you can choose movie passes, vouchers for meals, tickets to the swimming complex in your area, and so on. Again, for ideas, you can get in touch with the family of the kids.

In the same way, you can prepare a gift basket for the whole family. For instance, you can pack a family DVD with a bag of popcorn and chocolate bars. As an alternative, you can prepare a tray of quality cupcake tins along with icings, cake mix, liners and tons of sprinkles. As a matter of fact, children love making their own delicious cup cakes.

Tip #5 Try something sweet!

A couple of lollies or sweets can also make a great gift. As a matter of fact, it can turn the sweets into a great gift. For instance, you can make huge lollipops, huge snake lollies and so on.

So, these are 5 gift ideas for parents. If you are a parent, make sure you consider these ideas while preparing or buying gifts for kids.

Captain Falcon – Super Smash Bros Tips

Captain Falcon is one of the most recognized characters in the Nintendo world. He has starred in the infamous F-Zero futuristic racing series among titles. However, one of his most well-known appearances is in the series of Super Smash Bros. His famous Falcon Punch and his famous “Show Your Moves” taunt can be recognized a mile away. However, Captain Falcon has many hidden strengths that are not recognized immediately.

For instance, in every game but Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Captain Falcon is the fastest character in the game. In Super Smash Bros Brawl, Sonic is the fastest character in the entire game. This trait can be used for a variety of purposes. With Captain Falcon’s intense speed, he can easily attack opponents before they can do anything themselves. This speed can overwhelm your opponent and make your attacks reach them without fail.

Another important trait of Captain Falcon is his Falcon Punch. The Falcon Punch is one of Falcon’s most recognized moves and his most powerful. It can do nearly 25% damage and can often kill any opponent with around 50% damage. Also, in Super Smash Bros Brawl, the move got a boost by being able to rotate at a 180 degree angle and to switch the direction completely. This can be done by holding the control stick back at the beginning of the move.

In conclusion, Captain Falcon is a key character in the Super Smash Bros. series. He boasts speed and power and a nice look all at the same time.

Erectile Dysfunction and Nutrition – 8 Surprising Effects of Honey

If you suffer from erectile dysfunction you’ll be amazed at the effects honey can have on your sexual wellbeing. Honey has always been associated with love and sex, and finds an important place in literature. It is mentioned in the Bible, and has been known as an aphrodisiac as far back as 500BC. Hippocrates, considered one of the greatest figures in the history of medicine, was known to prescribe honey for sexual vigor. The Kama Sutra, an ancient Indian work on sex life, praises the benefits of honey. It has long been a traditional part of Indian weddings and even today the bridegroom is often offered honey to boost his stamina. Avicenna, a great Persian physician of the 11th century, considered honey to be “the food of foods, the drink of drinks and the drug of drugs”, and prescribed honey mixed with ginger and pepper as a sexual stimulant.

In fact the word ‘honeymoon’ is derived from an old Viking tradition in which newlyweds, in their first month of marriage, would drink a daily cup of honeyed wine, called mead. The Vikings considered mead to be a fertility enhancer and aphrodisiac.

And there appears to be a scientific basis for the idea that honey is good for sex. Research has show that a 3 ounce dose of honey can increase nitric oxide levels in the blood by up to 50%. Nitric oxide is the chemical that is released during arousal, and is responsible for causing the blood vessels in the penis to dilate. When the tissues are dilated or relaxed, this allows increased blood flow into the penis, causing an erection.

Honey has been used by many people over the ages as a general tonic or a medicine. The Ayurveda system uses it profusely in all its medical preparations. Honey, when used appropriately or combined with other food items, can promote growth and regeneration of body tissues and strengthen even a healthy body. Since it contains several anti-oxidants, it makes it vital to our overall health. In addition, it has the following beneficial effects on our sexual health:

1) Honey has the most potent aphrodisiac power to improve your sex life since the bees gather nectar from aphrodisiac flowers such as jasmine, orchids or marjoram.

2) Pure and unheated honey is a mild natural sexual stimulant, since it contains numerous substances such as zinc, vitamins B and E which promote virility and reproductive health. It is also easy to metabolize, and as it is a sugar, it provides our bodies with sustained high levels of energy.

3) The vitamins in honey also boost testosterone production, while the boron in honey helps the body to use estrogen, which is important for sex arousal.

4) A mixture of honey and grounded garlic taken regularly at bed time gives a stimulating effect that increases sexual stamina and pleasure.

5) Honey has been found as a sperm booster. It can provide lasting remedy for men with a low sperm count problem. It can boost the sperm count from level zero to a fertility level of over 60million count. Regular intake of honey can increase the production of sperm cells and also the quality and motility of the sperm cells.

6) Honey mixed with boiled onion juice (two tablespoons taken twice a day for at least a month) will assist in combating weak erections.

7) Home remedies of South India suggest that taking honey mixed with ginger or garlic juice and raw egg before bed time every night can increase sexual virility.

8) Researchers say that certain properties in raw honey can boost the testosterone level in men, which in turn will increase your libido!

Do Women Love a Bigger Penis Head Or a Big Penis Base?

One of the questions men who undergo one form of penis enhancement or the other have is whether to focus on a bigger penis base or a bigger penile head. All men know instinctively these days or maybe not instinctively. I think more like the influx of porn on the entire media outlets has given men the message that penis size truly does matter. Women nowadays have actually begun to speak the truth concerning sex issues of which a small penis size is one of the three top causes of sexual frustration in women.

So which do women actually prefer? Is it a big penis head or a big penis base? There are a large number of men who would prefer a big penis head to a big base. But is the head actually more important than the base? Let’s analyze this from the pleasure achieved during sexual intercourse angle and leave out the issue of sight. At the entrance on the vagina, the clitoris is located and if you are the type of man that pays attention to the needs of your woman, you would agree with me that the stimulating your woman’s clitoris is a very easy and stress free method of giving your woman an orgasm and relaxing her before you penetrate her. With a big head, once it is in it stimulates only deep inside of the vagina walls, Although women love the feeling of deep penetration, most women achieve vaginal orgasm only when their clitoris are stimulated simultaneous while being penetrated. And that’s why a bigger penis base gives more pleasure than a big penis head.

If you are unfortunate to be born with both a small penis base (shaft) and a small penis head, you must be feeling a little overwhelmed right now knowing you do not have the penis size that makes sex extremely enjoyable for your woman. Before you start getting depressed, let me share some good news. Penis enhancement is now possible without surgery. How? You may ask. A combination of Penis enlargement exercises and penis enlargement pill would give you a bigger penis in a few weeks time.

I used to feel very insecure about my penis size, most especially my flaccid size, which was very tiny. But as of now I am 8.5 inches in length and 6.5 inches in girth. How did I achieve that? By engaging in a quality penis enhancement exercise program and taking a herbal penis enhancement pill. These two work wonders as they both stimulate penile growth internally and externally. Are you tired of your small penis? Then do something about it.

Importance of Apps on the PC

Technology has influenced each and every life. This has become an integral part of almost every person that we meet or come across every day. In fact, its effects are quite visible in the commercial and industrial areas. Everything in the world from economy to entertainment, from the sports to stock market all detailed information are available to us through laptops and desktops.

Have you ever wondered how these personal computers have become so important? The massive importance of computers has been achieved by the implementing the web applications into the computers. This can be availed by the users both through the browser and the client based applications.

What are these web applications?

A very important part of today’s life is the World Wide Web. If you want to know anything about the world we are just a click away from it. This has become so easy because of the presence of internet. The medium trough which this information is transferred is commonly called web application or app.

How are the apps helpful for PC?

The apps are helpful in many ways and have made the functioning of the PC grow. Some of the ways are-

• The portals from which we chat with our friends by creating IDs are web applications that help people to stay connected no matter where they are.

• Another creativity of this world is the video calling app that not only connects people, but also enhances their conversation experience. This is done by giving them face to face talking experience in real time.

• Fast and easy communication is ensured by emails. An ID should be created here to send emails to the people one wants to communicate with.

• The users are given the chance of editing information if they find something irrelevant. Similar chances are provided in Wikipedia and other such information based sites.

• In the case of social media and blogging where the individual user are given the power to include their own material or writings. This can be effective done through computers.

Although all of these are very easy to use, but the making of it is not so easy. Several software and tools are used to design them and give them the present shape. Thus the way to use each application may vary from one to another. Whatever it may be, it should be accepted that all these developments and innovations have made the internet easier, like the way it is today.

Sweet 16 and Never Been Kissed!

Every girl waits for the day when she will turn her Sweet 16 and have a Sweet 16 party. This milestone often is associated with womanhood and of course, what most girls wait for…a driver’s license. Help your daughter or friend make this journey into adulthood by celebrating her Sweet 16.

Sweet 16 parties can be as minimal or as extravagant as possible. Often times this is the first boy/girl party a teenager will throw. If this is the case make sure to get a detailed invitation list from the guest of honor noting which boys and girls they associate with should be invited. Also make sure that all parents know this is a boy/girl party and that chaperones will be in attendance. And of course ask for parents to help chaperone the event!

One big key to the Sweet 16 party is the music. With the popularity of mp3 players and downloading music allow the birthday girl to select the music a week before the party. This will give the adults and chaperones a proper amount of time to listen to each song removing any that they do not deem proper for the party.

A meal need not be served at a Sweet 16 party. Chips, dips, soda and other munchies will suit this atmosphere just fine. This will help aid in the guests socializing without having to sit down at tables.

Keep in mind that a Sweet 16 party is coveted by every girl and make sure her party is as special as she is!

Buying Plus Size Swimwear Online – It’s Not What You Think!

With the summer in full swing, getting your hands on a nice flattering swim suit can have you in hot water. As you near the month of August, clothing stores are pushing their swim wear to the side to make room for back to school clothes. And if you’re a plus size gal looking for a last minute swim suit you’re options are going to be limited if any at all.

Why Buy Online?

More Options – If you live in warmer climates the swimming season can last well into September. But if you waited too long to grab a new swim suit you’re probably going to be out of luck. Most clothing stores get pretty picked over in the swim department by mid-July. And if you’re looking in stores that don’t cater to plus size women your options are going to be even more dismal. If you want a cute and flattering swim suit this late in the game your best bet is to look online. With no retail space to worry about, you have infinite options in all shapes and styles. So you don’t have to sacrifice your style and settle for what is available in stores.

Get it Fast – Fast and sometimes free shipping offers work for your time frame and your pocketbook. More and more online retailers are conscience of their consumer’s time frame and offer great deals that will get your item to you faster without breaking the bank. If you have a big trip coming up and you waited till the last minute to grab a suit, shipping should be the least of your shopping worries.

Great Deals – Have you cake and eat it too. Just because you’re ordering online doesn’t mean you can’t still benefit from the same end of summer savings your local stores are offering. Online retailers will also start to slash prices to move their summer inventory, but without forfeiting your outfit options.

Tips to buying Swim Wear Online

Some plus size women can be gun shy about ordering online. Most of us tend to flash back to our most troublesome fitting room nightmares. However online retailers (especially in the plus size department) are very sensitive to this and go to great lengths to advertise very specific specifications for their products beyond the Small, Medium and Large categories.

Know your size – Our bodies are always changing and just because you fit into a size 18 last summer doesn’t mean you haven’t shifted

Know your measurements – Even more important that knowing your size is knowing your specific measurements. Like I said your body is always changing so make sure you know exactly what your measurements are before buying. A majority of online retailers will advertise clearly what their size descriptions are based on.

Know your bra size – I cannot stress this enough. You may have worn the same bra size for years and not realized any kind of change. Make sure you have been recently fitted for the correct bra size before purchasing a suit that could potentially cause problems in keeping your ‘ladies’ under control.

Know what flatters your figure – There are many different styles of swim wear that can help accentuate your best features and disguise your trouble spots. Here is a quick guide to what styles work for each shape.

  • The Swimdress – this styles is great for all shapes with all over coverage.
  • One Piece – versatile with built in shapers, great for apples and rectangles.
  • The Tankini – great for those who want to show off their legs, minimize their waistlines and accentuate their bust. This one is great for apples.
  • The Skirtini – The skirtini is a two piece with ‘skort’ or ‘scooter’ bottoms. This style helps minimize hips, thighs, which is great for pears.
  • The Shortini – provides extra coverage for hips, butt and thighs, This style looks like a flattering shorts and tank top outfit. Great for all body shapes!