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Money, Power and My Mistress: The Tiger in Me

Posted by Administrator on March 3, 2010

America’s Declining Moral Fabric

A few days ago Tiger Woods broke his silence and publically announced his partial come back to the game of golf and into the public arena after his seclusion for more than three months. Our idolized athlete created a spectacle by selecting limited media and friends to appear on his 13 minute speech of redemption therapy and appealed to the public to accept him back despite his weaknesses and private affairs with his quorum of mistresses.

Tiger Woods written script goes on to show that he has once again played us. Woods’ speech was but an act that was craftily designed by his publicist.. The sequence of events were, a damaged car, a leaking fire hydrant, smashed rear windows, immediate disappearance, sex therapy from night of incidence, written apologetic statement and tears of “I am sorry I got caught.” All appear to lead to another Hollywood show.

Mr.Woods’ actions leave many of us begging the question if not confused but with a kind heart of giving him a second chance with his mistresses. Well, I suggest that we do all need a second chance but Woods’ drama is just another story that leads me to conclude that the moral fabric of America has truly changed. Gone are the days when marriage without extra-marital affairs was practiced.

Gone are the days when having an affair meant ex-communication from all ways of life for we have ushered a new era of “whatever and who cares.” The focus of live seems to be on me, myself, and I and my mistress. I am what I make myself to be and I am the measure of all life, a logical, sensual and intelligent being. This is the new philosophy but it this right? It is true that the moral fabric of this nation has declined and will continue to decline as we pursue self satisfaction and self glory.

EXHIBIT 1 – TIGER WOODS

Mr. Woods’ scripted speech got him a presidential approach when all the television channels stopped scheduled shows to air his apology and “kind of” sincere speech even though his lifestyle and his golf playing abilities have nothing to do with majority of United States citizens yet everybody stopped to listen to his garbage. Mr. Woods went on to say he was sorry for “getting caught” and has been seeking rehabilitation to normalcy.

By virtue of his actions, Mr. Woods has earned the right to join the wall of shame shared by some other famous men who have been bitten by the bug of power and prestige and mistress hosting habit. Among them are men like Bill Clinton in 1998 with Monica Lewinsky, the charismatic evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, Mark Sanford, the governor of South Carolina with his lovely Argentinean model, John Edwards, the former North Carolina Senator, and Eliot Spitzer, the former New York governor amongst many other powerful men. These men and their confessions are a perfect example of the declining moral gauge of the American nation and the imminent flirtatious danger caused of the beautiful mistresses. Out there are women who are casting their baits to get a piece of the pie by removing their pants for these men with some Benjamins.

EXHIBIT 2 – DAVID LETTERMAN

On October 1, 2009, David Letterman rocked the Late Night Show television scene with a long and winding on-air confession about a series of intra-office affairs that he had been carrying on for years. Letterman revealed little in the way of detail, except to acknowledge that he had been having sexual affairs with women who worked for him on the Late Night Show. Even though Letterman described the behavior as “creepy,” Letterman followed up a few nights later with an apology to his wife Regina, whom he admitted to having been terribly hurt by the shocking news.

The emerging pattern here is one that leads us to conclude that the moral fabric of this nation is declining. Basically these celebrities are asking us to accept them just as they are even though they know what they are doing is wrong. We as spectators are to accept their public apologies and not demand change of lifestyle. After all, they are human beings these celebrities argue.
The amazing factor at Letterman’s show was the response he got from his audience which I think at the beginning might have thought of Letterman’s confession as a joke. But days after the confession, Letterman’s audience and popularity sky rocketed to levels never seen before. Could it be that we as a nation expect to be entertained by their failures? Could it be that we have silenced our moral compasses and have bought to secularization and humanism as a philosophy? Why did the public applaud and celebrate Letterman’s intra-office affairs? Could it be if majority of all men were placed in their positions, they would repeat the same behavior?

To begin with, Letterman’s confession was prompted by the indictment and arrest of Robert Joel Halderman, an Emmy-winning CBS producer, for allegedly blackmailing and extorting Letterman. More specifically, prosecutors say that Halderman asked for two million dollars in exchange for his promise not to sell a screenplay based on Letterman’s escapades.

Media coverage of the scandal turned quickly from Halderman’s conduct to Letterman’s. In particular, many asked, Did Letterman do anything wrong– and, in particular did he do anything illegal by having sex with women in his office who might have been his subordinates? The approach in the question shows that we as a nation have declined in our approach to the matters of life and sexuality. Morality and commitment to marriage is not accepted but the union of a man and a woman is today seen as a contract which can be easily breached. Sexual deviancy is treated as an ailment which needs psychological treatment when caught.

The media seemed happy and waited for every detail to write and broadcast the scandal, while the public empathized with letterman despite his poor ethical and moral practices. As I write this article, the couple are said to be fighting over property and custody of their son Harry. Regina was humiliated and mortified that David carried on sexual relations with a number of his female staffers – including former assistant Stephanie Birkitt.

This is just one of the many examples of how the American popular culture is relating with each other. The basic principles of marriage, life and commitment have been dropped and replaced with the basic principles of Secular humanism and Bertrand Russell’s secular humanist vision from the 1960’s seems to be the new trend. We are the measure of all things. We do as we please and only apologize when our money making ways are at risk.

EXHIBIT 3 – TED HAGGARD

Another incident that reflects the rebellious spirit of secular humanism and how far our moral fabric has disintegrated is the indecent act of the former Pastor of New Life Church, a 45,000 member church and the former resident of the National Association of Evangelicals.

Ted Haggard was exposed as a homosexual by his partner Grant Haas who confessed on CNN’s Larry King Live that he and Tedd had been having homosexual relationship for a long time. On one of the transcripts, Grant Haas says in a videotaped interview played on CNN’s Larry King Live that, Haggard, “pretty much asked me if it was okay if he masturbated in front of me or masturbated in the bed next to me,” Haas is recorded to have said, “I told him no, it would make me really uncomfortable but he grabbed a bottle of lotion and started masturbating.” Haas adds on the tape that, Pastor “Haggard used to say to me, “You know what, Grant, you can become a man of God, and you can have a little bit of fun on the side.”

Haggard, who was 52 at the time, said the incident was “an indicator of the compulsive behavior” that ruled him at the time. However, he confessed that he has been undergoing therapy for his behavior which he does not acknowledge as sinful. The controversy first erupted in November 2006, when a former prostitute, Mike Jones, said the pastor had paid him for sex over three years and had used methamphetamine in his presence. Haggard initially admitted in interviews that he received a massage from Jones but denied having sex with him. He also said he bought the drug methamphetamine, but threw it away instead of using it. I guess it is okay to throw away money by buying stuff that we do not need. What an invalid and stupid argument and defense!

Surprisingly, New Life Church offered Haggard a settlement and Haggard agreed that he would retain his six-figure salary for a year, leave the Colorado Springs area, receive counseling and not speak publicly about what had happened for one year. Go figure! In the CNN interview, Haggard credited Jones with having helped him by disclosing his homosexual behavior.

Haggard said, “I think he rescued me. I am very grateful to him,” He said he would have lost the support of his wife of 30 years, Gail, and their five children “and been a drug addict” HAD HE NOT BEEN CAUGHT. “I paid a heavy price. IT WAS STUPID,” he said. On the interview, Haggard likens his struggles with his desires to the struggles faced by dieters who say, “I am not going to eat today” and then they eat.” Well, where is the confession in this drama?

Where is the Christ-like character that he is supposed to exemplify and possess? Did Haggard preach all these years and talk of the redemptive work of Christ on the cross to his 45,000 member congregation? Did he stand up and preach just for the show and how could he prepare his messages knowing that a congregation looked up to him for spiritual nourishment? Has Bertrand Russell’s philosophy of secular humanism assaulted the spiritual minds of the shepherds of the church as well? If so the mistresses are winning.

Haggard told Larry King that he was “guilty enough of so many things” and acknowledged that his actions were hypocritical, but said he had lost the ability to control his homosexual urges. Without any shame and blinking of the eye, Haggard said on the interview with Larry King that, “I felt like God’s plan was for sexuality to be in a monogamous, heterosexual marriage,” he said. “I wanted that. But at the same time, I had these other things (desires) going on.” Haggard on this interview confessed that he had thought that focusing on his spiritual life would help, but found that it did not. “It actually made me worse,” he said.

Haggard told Larry King that, for a time, he had lost the ability to read the Scriptures and became very suicidal. “I think it was divine intervention that stopped me,” he said. When Larry King asked him if he has engaged in any inappropriate conduct with any other men, Haggard stammered and failed to give a direct answer, saying, “I have thoroughly discussed all of my sexual history with my wife and my therapist and, to some degree, the family, and we think that’s an appropriate boundary for that.”

Asked again whether he considers himself bisexual or gay, Haggard said that different therapists have described him in different ways. “The first said, ‘You are a heterosexual with homosexual attachments.’ I wasn’t sure what that meant.” Ha-ha, ha, ha!!!

His current therapist, he said, described him as “a heterosexual with complications.” What an excellent and a politically correct way to condoning a lifestyle while confusing the client.

But once again, who believes in Christianity and monogamy anymore?

When Larry asked Haggard’s wife of her reaction to the scandal she responded by saying, “I really do love this man.” She said the two had “a great sexual relationship in our marriage…throughout marriage.” She continued to say that “the news of his unfaithfulness came as a shock; it wasn’t completely out of the blue because I knew that Ted had some struggles in this area, particularly in his thoughts but I never knew he acted on them.”

EXHIBIT 4 – ELIOT SPITZER

Another example I would like to reflect and to show how secular humanism is continually assaulting the American nation and thus a sign that the moral fabric of the American nation is in decline is that of New York’s Governor, Eliot Spitzer. New York\’s Daily News, The New York Times, the New York Post and Newsday carried the shocking news of US Governor who had been carrying extra-marital affairs with an international prostitution ring based In New York that charged clients up to 5,500 dollars per hour.

Married for 21 years and the father of three daughters, Spitzer, who was 48 by the time of the scandal was accused of hiring a prostitute from a New Jersey escort service and arranged for her to meet him in the nation’s capital on Feb. 13, 2008 for a fee of $4,300, according to a federal complaint and two lawyers briefed on the case.

Additional reports suggested that Spitzer may have spent as much as $80,000 on prostitutes and other sex escapades. After exposure, Spitzer appeared on national television, saying, “I sincerely apologize,” and announced his resignation during a brief statement delivered on a Wednesday morning from his downtown Manhattan office.
Spitzer said, “I am deeply sorry I did not live up to what was expected of me,” referring to his “private failings” for which, he also said, “I’ve begun to atone.” What a mess! Spitzer’s announcement followed a stunning two days of revelations about Spitzer’s personal activities. At a press conference with his wife, Silda, at his side, Spitzer said: “I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family and violates my–or any–sense of right and wrong.”

What did this mean? He added, I apologize to the public, whom I promised better.” Spitzer’s resignation ended Spitzer’s political career just 16 months after he had been elected New York ’s Democratic governor by a wide margin.

There are other scandals that have happened in the last few years to show that the public has become insensitive to the biblical/religious and traditional values and practices. Secular humanism and Hollywood continues to play a big role of influencing our actions and thought life. Medical companies like Pfizer also continue to send the message that using Viagra and enlarging the male sexual organ makes one a champion.

Some of the most common scandals have included men like former President Bill Clinton with the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Republican Senator Larry Craig of Idaho, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after his arrest in a men’s room sex sting, New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, who resigned after an alleged affair with a male political aide. McGreevey announced that he was gay and immediately started attending an Episcopalian seminary. Secularization and humanism is indeed causing a threat to the growth of evangelicalism and tearing the moral fabric that once held the moral principles and values of this nation. Secularization and Hollywood/Evilwood is intellectually, ethically, socially and morally assaulting the American moral fabric.

Dr. Joseph M. Onesimus

Source: Kim Media Group

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Diaspora at crossroads…as the Economic Dynamics Change Back In Kenya

Posted by Administrator on March 3, 2010

The year 2009 witnessed an unprecedented influx of Kenyans relocating to their motherland from “the land of opportunities”. To many who have been left behind, the American dream has remained just that, A dream. The story of the American economic slump down is known to all and sundry. It has been told in the most explicit terms imaginable. Newspapers, TVs, radios and all manner of media have been screaming from the rooftops. What has not been told though, is that contrary to popular belief, Kenya’s prospects are looking very promising. As the American dream fades for many in the Diaspora, things seem to be going in the opposite direction in Kenya.

This issue of KEN takes a look at a side of Kenya that is often ignored. A country that a little over a year ago was engulfed in senseless election violence where more than 1,300 people lost their lives and over 600,000 others displaced seems to be systematically recovering. Like the proverbial ostrich, Kenya is rising from its ashes.

You will notice many changes the moment you set foot in Kenya. Before, one of the changes you immediately noticed the moment you landed at JKIA was always how dark Nairobi appeared. Of course with time, you would adjust and soon everything would look normal.

Now, Nairobi at night looks pretty much like any other metropolitan city in the world. Most roads in Central Business District (CBD) are just awesome. And it’s not just Nairobi, Mombasa or Nakuru or Kisumu, electricity has spread even into most remote villages, giving Kenya a new look.

Ten years ago, if you told a Kenyan in Kenya that he would one day drive on roads that are very similar to those found in European or North American highways and turnpikes, he/she would have called you a worse dreamer than Martin Luther King Jr. Yet, this is how some roads are in Kenya now.

Most Kenyans are engaged in nation building, ignoring politicians who seem to only worry about increasing their pay while others jostle in an effort to succeed the current president, who is legally barred from running for another term.

Kenyans have shifted into top gear on development issues as Infrastructure improvement has made it easy for many to do business. The relaxation of the lending policies by the banks has sparked a wild fire of projects. Almost everyone you meet has a project he or she is undertaking.

As a growing economy, opportunities in Kenya seem to be mushrooming right and left while the mature economies of the Western nations like U.S. are struggling, leaving many Kenyans in the west wondering whether it was not time they traded places. The Emerging of different sectors like the telecommunication, Tourism, Agriculture and housing are creating massive business ventures.

But why doesn’t the Kenyan media highlight these realities. We sought the opinion of a Kenyan American photo-journalist and KEN correspondent, BMJ Muriithi. “The answer is simple. These media houses are, first and foremost, business entities. You and I know that in this business, good news does not sell. Bad news does. period”, he said.

Ken caught up with Mukabi Giathi, who just relocated back to Nakuru Kenya, from Atlanta, Georgia. Mukabi repeated what many Kenyans who have relocated have pointed out. “The quality of life in Kenya is way better than U.S. There is no comparisons” adding that “Even a thousand dollars earned in Kenya is not the same as a thousand dollars earned in the U.S ”

There is a clear trend of reverse migration. According to U.S based economist Kanyari Muthoga who spoke to KEN, “This trend has been brought about by two things; One the ailing U.S economy has forced Kenyans who lost their jobs to relocate in search for greener pastures. Secondly the opening market has also created fertile ground for investment”.

What is shocking for many Kenyan in Diaspora is how quickly things have changed and the once economically sterile country is blossoming with opportunities. According to a research conducted by KEN many of them are in \’reality check’ mode. Taking stock of their lives and contemplating if they have achieved the maximum of their potential by staying abroad. There is a clear trend of reverse migration that is taking shape as the rivers of opportunities dry up in the west.

Most Kenyans who migrated to U.S in pursuit of the American dream; life in “the land of milk and honey” say that life has turned out to be tougher and worse than they had expected.
Many believed that the streets in America are paved in gold while others depict it as the land of opportunity that has drawn millions to its shores across the borders. They have missed the bus and started to feel like the only difference between them and their cousins back in Kenya is that they walk and ride on paved highways and pathways, have clean running water, electricity and TV in their houses.

The money they are making is only enough to buy food, cheap drinks and cigarettes and of course once in a while, a movie ticket. Saving is a vocabulary that not very common.

Of course this story does not apply across the board. There are some people who have made it beyond their wildest imagination. They went to school, earned themselves scholarships and concentrated on their studies. After graduating they got good jobs that earned them high status. These are the ‘Obamas’ who will speak to you endlessly about the ‘American Possibility and Dream’. They have put up mansions and apartment flats back in Kenya, taken care of their relatives and once in a while, go for vacations.

Whichever way the pendulum swings, it depends on the kind of information one has. The basic reality, however, is that, life in America is a mixed pack of the good, the bad and the ugly. On the positive side, it leaves the feelings of excitement, freedom, opportunity, achievement and fulfillment. On the negative side, it leaves disappointment, anger and disillusionment in their lives.

Source: Kim Media Group

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Possible Ways To Tackle US Deportation

Posted by Administrator on March 3, 2010

Researched & Posted  On: 03/01/2010

By Mogambi Nyarangi; Raleigh NC

When an Immigration Judge has found that an alien is illegally present in the United States, it does not necessarily follow that he will be deported. The Immigration and Nationality Act provides many types of relief from removal. Chief among these are (1) waivers of excludability and deportability; (2) cancellation of removal for permanent residents; (3) cancellation of removal for non-permanent residents; (4) suspension of deportation; (5) adjustment of status to permanent residence; (5) asylum and withholding of deportation; (6) legalization and registry and, if all else fails, (7) voluntary departure.

WAIVERS

The immigration law enumerates various grounds by which an alien in the United States may be subject to removal from the U.S. A common ground of removability provides that an alien may be subject to removal if he was excludable when he entered the United States. There are many grounds of removability found in the law.

Eligibility for waivers of removability depend upon the alien’s ability to establish hardship to himself or to his close family members if he were to be removed from the U.S. For example, a person who has committed fraud or a material misrepresentation may apply for a waiver under §212(i) if the failure to admit him to the U.S. would result in “extreme hardship” to his lawful permanent resident (LPR) or U.S. citizen (USC) spouse or parents. Similarly, a person who is excludable on certain criminal grounds may be eligible for a waiver under §212(h) if the failure to admit him to the U.S. would result in “extreme hardship” to his LPR or USC spouse, parent(s), son(s) or daughter(s).

Certain types of waivers such as relief for long-term permanent residents under section 212(c) do not require that the permanent resident have relatives in the U.S. although the presence of such relatives is definitely a positive factor.

CANCELLATION OF REMOVAL FOR PERMANENT RESIDENTS
INA §240A(a) allows the Attorney General (usually an Immigration Judge or the Board of Immigration Appeals) to cancel the removal of a lawful permanent resident from the U.S. if:

He has been an LPR for a minimum of five years;
He has resided continuously in the U.S. for a minimum of seven years after being admitted to the U.S. in any status (prior to the institution of removal proceedings);
He has not been convicted of an aggravated felony;
He is not inadmissible from the U.S. on security grounds.

The following classes of persons are ineligible for cancellation of removal:(1) Certain crewmen; (2) Exchange visitors (in “J” status) who received medical training in the U.S.; (3) Persons who have persecuted others; (4) Persons who have previously been granted cancellation of removal, suspension of deportation (See below.) or relief under §212(c); and (5) Persons who committed certain criminal offenses prior to the accrual of the required seven years.

Positive factors include: (1) Family ties within the U.S.; (2) Long time residency in the U.S.; (3) Hardship to person and immediate family; (4) Service in U.S. Armed Forces; (5) Employment history; (6) Ownership of property and business ties; (7) Service to the community; (8) Rehabilitation (if criminal record exists); and (9) Good moral character.

Negative factors include: (1) Nature and circumstances of exclusion grounds; (2) Other immigration law violations; (3) Criminal record; and (4) Other evidence of bad character.

CANCELLATION OF REMOVAL FOR NON-PERMANENT RESIDENTS
INA §240A(b) allows the Attorney General (usually an Immigration Judge or the Board of Immigration Appeals) to cancel the removal of a non-permanent resident from the U.S. who:

Has been physically present in the U.S. for a continuous period of ten years prior to the institution of removal proceedings. (This requirement is not applicable to persons who have served a minimum of 24 months in the U.S. Armed Forces, was present in the U.S. during his enlistment or induction, and is either serving honorably or has received an honorable discharge.) “Continuous” means that the person can not be out of the U.S. for more than 90 days at a time, or 180 days in the aggregate, during the ten-year period.
Has been a person of good moral character for ten years;

Is not inadmissible under §212(a)(2) or (3) (criminal and security grounds) or deportable under §237(a)(1)(G) (marriage fraud), (2) (criminal grounds), (3) (failure to register and falsification of documents) or (4) (security and related grouds).
Whose removal would result in exceptional and extremely unusual hardship to his/her spouse, parent, or child, who is a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence.
Special relaxed rules for cancellation of removal apply to battered spouses and children.

Only 4,000 persons may be granted cancellation of removal and suspension of deportation (See below.) in a single fiscal year.

SUSPENSION OF DEPORTATION
Any expulsion proceedings commenced on or after April 1, 1997 are removal proceedings rather than deportation or exclusion proceedings.

However, persons who were placed in deportation proceedings prior to April 1, 1997 as well as NACARA applicants may still be eligible for suspension of deportation.

A deportable alien may apply for permanent residence through suspension of deportation if he is able to fulfill the following 3 conditions:

He must have been continuously physically present in the U.S. for at least seven years. Absences which are “brief, casual and innocent” do not interrupt the continuity of the alien’s physical presence.

He must be a person of good moral character.
It must be an extreme hardship upon the alien, or his spouse, children or parents who are citizens or residents of the United States if he were forced to leave the country.

ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS
A deportable alien who is the parent, spouse, widow or child of a U.S. citizen may be eligible to apply to the Judge to adjust his status to that of a lawful permanent resident. Also qualified to apply for adjustment of status are many aliens whose priority dates for permanent residence are “current”.

Aliens who obtained conditional permanent residence based upon their marriage, or the marriage of their alien parent, to a U.S. citizen may have their legal status terminated by the INS if they fail to meet certain requirements. However, once INS places them under deportation proceedings, they may renew their applications for permanent residence before an Immigration Judge.

ASYLUM AND WITHHOLDING OF DEPORTATION
Those who have a well-founded fear of persecution if they return to their home country may apply for asylum if their fear is based on any of the following grounds:

Political opinion
Religious belief
Nationality
Race
Membership in a particular social group
If a person is granted asylum, after one year they may apply for permanent resident status.

Withholding of deportation is similar to asylum. However, it differs in 2 important respects: (1) It does not permit the alien to apply for permanent residence, and (2) it only prohibits the INS from deporting the alien to one particular country.

LEGALIZATION AND REGISTRY
Once an illegal alien has been found qualified for legalization or “amnesty” by the INS, the deportation hearing will typically be closed since the alien will have attained the legal right to remain in the United States.

Registry is another means of attaining lawful permanent residence in the United States. It is available to aliens who have resided continuously in the U.S. since prior to January 1, 1972, who are persons of good moral character, who are not deportable on certain aggravated grounds, and who are not ineligible to citizenship.

VOLUNTARY DEPARTURE
Finally, if there is no other relief from deportation, most aliens are eligible for, and should apply for, voluntary departure from the United States. This avoids both the stigma and the legal impediments to return to the United States imposed by deportation.

Voluntary departure is available to aliens who are not deportable on aggravated grounds, who have the means to pay for their departure from the U.S., who agree to depart within a period of time granted by the Immigration Judge, and who can establish good moral character during the previous five-year period.

All forms of relief from deportation, except withholding of deportation, may be granted at the discretion of an Immigration Judge. Final orders of an Immigration Judge may be appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals, and in certain cases to the appropriate U.S. Court of Appeals.

When you attend a removal or deportation hearing before an Immigration Judge, make sure that you walk into the courtroom accompanied by the most experienced and knowledgeable immigration attorney that you can find.

Why?

Because the government will be represented by an attorney who has probably appeared in hundreds, or even thousands, of such hearings. (Author once served as an INS Trial Attorney.) If your attorney is not knowledgeable or is inexperienced, you will be at a distinct disadvantage.

Too many people appear at their deportation hearings without taking the time to find the best and most experienced immigration attorney to represent them. Instead, they look for an inexpensive attorney or, worse yet, appear without an attorney. This is a recipe for disaster. Why? Because you are creating a record before the Immigration Judge. If you lose, and then hire a new and improved attorney to appeal the Judge’s decision, he will be saddled with the record of proceedings that you, or your inexpensive attorney, created before the Judge.

The record of proceedings consists of the transcript of the hearing and the exhibits, including copies of any applications submitted on your behalf. If you do not make a good record before the Judge, it may be difficult for your new attorney to win your appeal.

Source-Public Eye Group

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Having adequate sleep helps keep obesity at bay

Posted by Administrator on March 3, 2010

Researchers agree that genes do indeed play a part in obesity, but there are a myriad other controllable factors. Photo/FILE

Researchers agree that genes do indeed play a part in obesity, but there are a myriad other controllable factors. Photo/FILE

By Kiruri Kamau

A friend of mine once told me of a conversation he overheard one evening between two young chaps who, he surmised by everything about them, were heading home to a nearby slum after a hard day’s work.

David, idle at the moment and tuned to every city sound around him, was standing outside a building from where an aerobic class was being conducted on the second floor amid much sound and fury.

“Those are mafuta mingi trying to get rid of the effects of too much good living,” one of the young people observed with obvious distaste. And should be stringed, I would have added if I were him.

There must be a place in the universe where those who eat the fat of the land, then steal maize meant for the starving poor and then engage in conspicuous consumption are stringed and sprayed with liquid tomato paste; it’s a capital offence. But we live in good old benighted Kenya, a land of contrasts.

The Scots, it appears, have either been eating too much fat, literally, are cursed by their genes or they don’t exercise because obesity, the government says, is now a ticking time bomb, an epidemic.

Her Majesty’s government has raised the red flag and was last week saying that if things don’t start changing soon, 40 per cent of the population of Scotland will be obese by 2030.

The cost to the taxpayer will be upwards of £3 billion pounds, the equivalent of almost Sh400 billion a year, and the cost to production will be incalculable.

For long obesity was blamed on genetic predisposition, which was good comfort if you didn’t want to take responsibility for the way you and your brood lived, ate and looked.

Researchers now largely agree that genes do indeed play a part in obesity but there are a myriad other controllable factors which are more responsible for that tyre around your middle.

The most important of these factors are that you and your family most likely delight in stuffing your faces, don’t sleep enough and do not exercise.

Obesity, it is now widely known, often starts in childhood.

A recent British research established that most children pile much of that excess weight before school age, meaning the problem is usually at home not at school.

Early childhood is most likely due to learned behaviour and environment.

Research has managed to link weight gain to lack of sleep in both children and adults.

One recent survey established that only 12 per cent of children who sleep 10-12 hours every night were obese by the time they were eleven years old.

In comparison obesity among children who slept less than nine hours was twice as much at 22 per cent.

The researchers were completely baffled by the stack difference and started looking for explanations.

One conclusion that they reached was that the children who slept less hours than they should were not rested enough the next morning.

Naturally they felt lethargic and were less likely to go out and play with their peers to use up excess energy.

They were more likely to prefer spending their time seated on the sofa playstation console in hand, a bowl of crisps on the floor before them and a glass of coke at hand to ease the junk down.

And there is no better prescription for bringing up fat lazy kids.

According to A Bristol University research, hormonal changes due to lack of sleep is bad for weight watchers.

If you habitually sleep for five hours or less your body produces 15 per cent more ghrenin, a hormone that increases feelings of hunger, than those who slept at least eight hours.

And it’s double whammy for skimping on sleep because your body will also produce 15 per cent less of appetite-suppressing leptin.

The research also found that if you sleep too little you are more likely to eat calorie-rich sweets and starchy food during the day.

The bottom line is if you don’t learn to nod off, eat right and exercise, well, it’s your funeral.

-Business Daily Africa

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