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Jillian Michaels Won't 'Ruin' Body with Pregnancy

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Damn! Talk about body issues! Famed "Biggest Loser" trainer Jillian Michaels works hard for the mon ... er, her body, but says that when it comes to popping out a kid, she won't go there.

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In a new interview with Women's Health magazine, Michaels says, "I'm going to adopt. I can't handle doing that to my body. Also, when you rescue something, it's like rescuing a part of yourself."

Wow. We thought Jill was pretty inspirational -- until we read this. What do you think? Did pregnancy "ruin" your body?


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linteater April 25, 2010, 7:47 AM

It’s possible that by “changes your body goes through” she means the post-partum depression, or any number of things that don’t involve body image. Let’s face it, pregnancy isn’t a picnic, no-matter how much you want a baby. I personally plan on being pregnant, but I am dreading the swollen ankles, the snack cravings, carrying around an extra 25 pounds that squashes all of my internal organs, the mood swings, and eventually, the painful birthing part. I don’t blame her for not wanting to go through that, especially since there are so many children in the world that need loving families.


But even if a woman doesn’t want kids at all doesn’t make her less of a woman. If a woman cured cancer, would she be worthless just because she didn’t pop out a child, something that any crack-addicted teenager can do? Of course not. So stop judging.

Jen April 25, 2010, 8:54 AM

I think the anger comes from women who were programmed to believe that all women are supposed to be pregnant at some point in their lives. I sometimes feel that these women are just envious of childfree women that we have the freedom to do things at a moments notice. Some of these mothers maybe felt that they didn’t have a choice about their reproductive lives.

mary April 25, 2010, 9:29 AM

She’s a woman?

chris April 26, 2010, 5:18 AM

I love Jillian and as a mom who has had 2 children and have never gotten my pre pregency body back…I can understand what she is saying. I wouldn’t trade my body for my children but that is my choice. Some women never fully get back their bodies. My children were big babies and my stomach got so stretch out from them that it will never be flat again! I remember when my older sister had her first baby, she refused to push when she was supposed to because she didn’t want to get hemmoroids and I remember thinking omg she’s too funny! but some women hate having their body change. I say whatever feels right for you is right for you. Don’t judge someone else.

Mominamerica April 26, 2010, 7:12 AM

What’s wrong with HER decision?! Is everybody jealous? It’s HER life; it’s HER body; it’s HER child. My God women, I know you have better things to do!

HeavenStar April 26, 2010, 6:49 PM

some women believe having a child defines them and gives purpose to their lives…

some women believe having a career defines them and gives purpose to their lives…

some women belive that being a beauty and maintaining their fitness defines them and gives them purpose to their lives…

but all of these women are hiding from the truth, the truth that is so frightening you can not speak it.

No one…knows…why…we…are..here.

life is a mystery.

no one is wrong.

no one is right.

much more important than Jillian Micheals reproductive choice April 26, 2010, 7:33 PM

I got this today and thought you would all like to see it

> THE TRUTH IS OUT ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS AND IT’S NOT PRETTY
>
>
> By the Institute for Responsible Technology , Your Consumer Safety
> Partner - May 20, 2009
>
> This week, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called
> on Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and
> the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible and
> provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks.
> They called for a moratorium on GM foods, long-term independent studies,
> and labeling. AAEM`s position paper stated, Several animal studies
> indicate serious health risks associated with GM food, including
> infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and
> changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. They conclude,
> There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse
> health effects. There is causation, as defined by recognized
> scientific criteria. The strength of association and consistency
> between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies.
> More and more doctors are already prescribing GM-free diets. Dr. Amy
> Dean, a Michigan internal medicine specialist, and board member of AAEM
> says, I strongly recommend patients eat strictly non-genetically
> modified foods. Ohio allergist Dr. John Boyles says I used to test
> for soy allergies all the time, but now that soy is genetically
> engineered, it is so dangerous that I tell people never to eat it.
> Dr. Jennifer Armstrong, President of AAEM, says, Physicians are
> probably seeing the effects in their patients, but need to know how to
> ask the right questions. World renowned biologist Pushpa M. Bhargava
> goes one step further. After reviewing more than 600 scientific
> journals, he concludes that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a
> major contributor to the sharply deteriorating health of Americans.
> PREGNANT WOMEN AND BABIES AT GREAT RISK
>
> Among the population, biologist David Schubert of the Salk Institute
> warns that children are the most likely to be adversely effected by
> toxins and other dietary problems related to GM foods. He says
> without adequate studies, the children become the experimental
> animals.
> The experience of actual GM-fed experimental animals is scary. When GM
> soy was fed to female rats, most of their babies died within three
> weeks compared to a 10% death rate among the control group fed natural
> soy. The GM-fed babies were also smaller, and later had problems getting
> pregnant.
> When male rats were fed GM soy, their testicles actually changed
> color from the normal pink to dark blue. Mice fed GM soy had altered
> young sperm. Even the embryos of GM fed parent mice had significant
> changes in their DNA. Mice fed GM corn in an Austrian government study
> had fewer babies, which were also smaller than normal.
> Reproductive problems also plague livestock. Investigations in the state
> of Haryana, India revealed that most buffalo that ate GM cottonseed had
> complications such as premature deliveries, abortions, infertility, and
> prolapsed uteruses. Many calves died. In the US, about two dozen farmers
> reported thousands of pigs became sterile after consuming certain GM
> corn varieties. Some had false pregnancies; others gave birth to bags of
> water. Cows and bulls also became infertile when fed the same corn.
> In the US population, the incidence of low birth weight babies,
> infertility, and infant mortality are all escalating.
> FOOD DESIGNED TO PRODUCE TOXIN
>
> GM corn and cotton are engineered to produce their own built-in
> pesticide in every cell. When bugs bite the plant, the poison splits
> open their stomach and kills them. Biotech companies claim that the
> pesticide, called Bt produced from soil bacteria Bacillus
> thuringiensis has a history of safe use, since organic farmers and
> others use Bt bacteria spray for natural insect control. Genetic
> engineers insert Bt genes into corn and cotton, so the plants do the
> killing.
> The Bt-toxin produced in GM plants, however, is thousands of times more
> concentrated than natural Bt spray, is designed to be more toxic, has
> properties of an allergen, and unlike the spray, cannot be washed off
> the plant.
> Moreover, studies confirm that even the less toxic natural bacterial
> spray is harmful. When dispersed by plane to kill gypsy moths in the
> Pacific Northwest, about 500 people reported allergy or flu-like
> symptoms. Some had to go to the emergency room.
> The exact same symptoms are now being reported by farm workers
> throughout India, from handling Bt cotton.[xiii] In 2008, based on
> medical records, the Sunday India reported, Victims of itching have
> increased massively this year … related to BT cotton farming.
> GMOS PROVOKE IMMUNE REACTIONS
>
> AAEM states, Multiple animal studies show significant immune
> dysregulation,including increase in cytokines, which are
> associated with asthma, allergy, and inflammation all on the
> rise in the US.
> According to GM food safety expert Dr. Arpad Pusztai, changes in the
> immune status of GM animals are a consistent feature of all the
> studies. Even Monsanto`s own research showed significant immune
> system changes in rats fed Bt corn. A November 2008 by the Italian
> government also found that mice have an immune reaction to Bt corn.
> GM soy and corn each contain two new proteins with allergenic
> properties, GM soy has up to seven times more trypsin inhibitora
> known soy allergen, and skin prick tests show some people react to GM,
> but not to non-GM soy. Soon after GM soy was introduced to the UK, soy
> allergies skyrocketed by 50%. Perhaps the US epidemic of food allergies
> and asthma is a casualty of genetic manipulation.
> ANIMALS DYING IN LARGE NUMBERS
>
> In India, animals graze on cotton plants after harvest. But when
> shepherds let sheep graze on Bt cotton plants, thousands died. Post
> mortems showed severe irritation and black patches in both intestines
> and liver (as well as enlarged bile ducts). Investigators said
> preliminary evidence strongly suggests that the sheep mortality was
> due to a toxin… . most probably Bt-toxin.=94 In a small follow-up
> feeding study by the Deccan Development Society, all sheep fed Bt cotton
> plants died within 30 days; those that grazed on natural cotton plants
> remained healthy.
> In a small village in Andhra Pradesh, buffalo grazed on cotton plants
> for eight years without incident. On January 3rd, 2008, the buffalo
> grazed on Bt cotton plants for the first time. All 13 were sick the next
> day; all died within 3 days.
> Bt corn was also implicated in the deaths of cows in Germany, and
> horses, water buffaloes, and chickens in The Philippines.
> In lab studies, twice the number of chickens fed Liberty Link corn died;
> 7 of 20 rats fed a GM tomato developed bleeding stomachs; another 7 of
> 40 died within two weeks. Monsanto=92s own study showed evidence of
> poisoning in major organs of rats fed Bt corn, according to top French
> toxicologist G. E. Seralini.
> WORST FINDING OF ALL GMOS REMAIN INSIDE OF US
>
> The only published human feeding study revealed what may be the most
> dangerous problem from GM foods. The gene inserted into GM soy transfers
> into the DNA of bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to
> function. This means that long after we stop eating GMOs, we may still
> have potentially harmful GM proteins produced continuously inside of us.
> Put more plainly, eating a corn chip produced from Bt corn might
> transform our intestinal bacteria into living pesticide factories,
> possibly for the rest of our lives.
> When evidence of gene transfer is reported at medical conferences around
> the US, doctors often respond by citing the huge increase of
> gastrointestinal problems among their patients over the last decade. GM
> foods might be colonizing the gut flora of North Americans.
> Warnings by government scientists ignored and denied.
> Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had warned about
> all these problems even in the early 1990s. According to documents
> released from a lawsuit, the scientific consensus at the agency was that
> GM foods were inherently dangerous, and might create hard-to-detect
> allergies, poisons, gene transfer to gut bacteria, new diseases, and
> nutritional problems. They urged their superiors to require rigorous
> long-term tests.[xxvii] But the White House had ordered the agency to
> promote biotechnology and the FDA responded by recruiting Michael
> Taylor, Monsanto`s former attorney, to head up the formation of GMO
> policy. That policy, which is in effect today, denies knowledge of
> scientists` concerns and declares that no safety studies on GMOs are
> required. It is up to Monsanto and the other biotech companies to
> determine if their foods are safe. Mr. Taylor later became Monsanto`s
> vice president.
> DANGEROUSLY FEW STUDIES, UNTRACEABLE DISEASES
>
> AAEM states,GM foods have not been properly tested and pose a
> serious health risk. Not a single human clinical trial on GMOs has
> been published. A 2007 review of published scientific literature on the
> potential toxic effects/health risks of GM plants revealed that
> experimental data are very scarce. The author concludes his review by
> asking, Where is the scientific evidence showing that GM plants/food
> are toxicologically safe, as assumed by the biotechnology companies?
> Famed Canadian geneticist David Suzuki answers, The experiments
> simply haven`t been done and we now have become the guinea pigs. He
> adds, Anyone that says, ‘Oh, we know that this is perfectly
> safe’, I say is either unbelievably stupid or deliberately lying.
> Dr. Schubert points out, If there are problems, we will probably
> never know because the cause will not be traceable and many diseases
> take a very long time to develop. If GMOs happen to cause immediate
> and acute symptoms with a unique signature, perhaps then we might have a
> chance to trace the cause.
> This is precisely what happened during a US epidemic in the late 1980s.
> The disease was fast acting, deadly, and caused a unique measurable
> change in the blood but it still took more than four years to identify
> that an epidemic was even occurring. By then it had killed about 100
> Americans and caused 5,000-10,000 people to fall sick or become
> permanently disabled. It was caused by a genetically engineered brand of
> a food supplement called L-tryptophan.
> If other GM foods are contributing to the rise of autism, obesity,
> diabetes, asthma, cancer, heart disease, allergies, reproductive
> problems, or any other common health problem now plaguing Americans, we
> may never know. In fact, since animals fed GMOs had such a wide variety
> of problems, susceptible people may react to GM food with multiple
> symptoms. It is therefore telling that in the first nine years after the
> large scale introduction of GM crops in 1996, the incidence of people
> with three or more chronic diseases nearly doubled, from 7% to 13%.
> To help identify if GMOs are causing harm, the AAEM asks their
> members, the medical community, and the independent scientific
> community to gather case studies potentially related to GM food
> consumption and health effects, begin epidemiological research to
> investigate the role of GM foods on human health, and conduct safe
> methods of determining the effect of GM foods on human health.
> Citizens need not wait for the results before taking the doctors advice
> to avoid GM foods. People can stay away from anything with soy or corn
> derivatives, cottonseed and canola oil, and sugar from GM sugar
> beets=97unless it says organic or non-GMO.There is a pocket
> Non-GMO Shopping Guide, co-produced by the Institute for Responsible
> Technology and the Center for Food Safety, which is available as a
> download, as well as in natural food stores and in many doctors
> offices.
> If even a small percentage of people choose non-GMO brands, the food
> industry will likely respond as they did in Europe by removing all GM
> ingredients. Thus, AAEM`s non-GMO prescription may be a watershed for
> the US food supply.

Callista April 27, 2010, 5:36 AM

The story has been made to look worse than it is as per usual. She didn’t mean that it would ruin her perfect body. She didn’t say ruin. What she means is having a baby takes a great toll on your body, mentally and emotionally as well as physically and it’s just not for her.

Jen April 27, 2010, 6:34 AM

Michelle nailed it:
A woman’s worth/character is not determined by her desire/ability to procreate.
Excellent insight.

Deb April 27, 2010, 3:53 PM

Ok ladies. I adopted a ten year old with some issues. They call that special needs but I hate labels. I never particularly cared for infants. I like kids that can communicate and not in diapers. My daughter is now thirty one and just gave birth to my grand daughter. My point is I have seen both sides and they are both wonderful. For the people that don’t want kids that’s your right also. We are all unique. This should not be group think. Respect our differences.

xoxo May 2, 2010, 6:13 AM

pregnancy isn’t about being selfless its about not using contraception. 15 year olds aren’t selfless their stupid just like anyone that didn’t sleep with someone to make a kid just for their own selfish desires

Val May 12, 2010, 4:12 PM

Well. Hmm. I’m sure y’all read the updated argument, and I have one question. Are all of you who trashed Jillian proud of yourself? Wonderful job, guys. You MADE her reveal beyond personal information that was probably very painful to relive. Y’all sound like moms (I have yet to experience that), so how would you feel if you were told you could not have children (or would have to go to extremes to do so). You can hear the pain in her words where she says something like (paraphrasing) I accepted long ago adoption is the route I’d go. Nice job, small-minded people.

carolyn June 20, 2010, 12:03 AM

I have the same fear as her but I still want children

Kelly July 24, 2010, 8:56 PM

I actually read the entire article and thought it was a weird comment coming from a fitness guru. If she doesn’t want kids because she doesn’t want kids that’s her perogative. However I think it’s a weird comment from a fitness coach. If you’re such a great fitness coach shouldn’t you be able to get back in shape after pregnancy?

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I think that is an interesting point, it made me think a bit. Thanks for sparking my thinking cap. Sometimes I get so much in a rut that I just feel like a record.

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