300+ Pounds Lost! Man Vows End To Youth Obesity

Obesity, eating disorders, self-mutilation, battle entrenched youth now have a voice, and real solutions!
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* Teens
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* Orlando - Florida - US

June 29, 2007 - PRLog -- I have heard you thru the door as you purge your latest meal. An attempt, to obtain a body, which you feel, will give you happiness. I have sat next to you in the local bar as you tipped your glass touching your fully made-up lips. Hoping the next one bought for you will be someone who will love you. Sadly this won’t happen because you don’t know love. To you love is early memories of a father who said the word “love” but then would strike your cheek. Love is when after the abuse took place it was programmed that it was your fault not his. Lastly, when he abandoned you this was strengthened when your mom would bring home her random boyfriends who also showed Love, by striking her face.

I have seen you walk behind closed doors where only darkness looms; staring in a mirror, glaring back was a portrait of hate. With the resolve and the only control you knew, a razor would pierce your skin in an attempt to embody how much you pain you felt on the inside, while bearing witness thru the outside. You looked for hope, instead found an empty palace. The familiar theme, another trip came up, one more meeting. You hear words spoken, such as “Hope”, “Love”, and “Passion”. To you they are just another word in a language filled with over 500,000. So you seek the alternative, happiness, and love are taught to you everyday. This is what you are searching for the most in life, thus you follow the instructions. You sit by yourself pounding away on a keyboard glaring into a world where your hundred of friends and “fans” say all the right things. You flip thru your favorite magazine reading exactly how to obtain happiness, love, money, and “fame”.

Hundreds of channels on the screen across the room show you exactly how to act, speak, dress, and look like. Advertising and marketing know precisely how to persuade you to use their product. Everybody wants a piece of over $365billion in “free” cash!

Status Quo: put in this context doesn’t sound very inspiring. This is the best “reality” drama on the market, sadly though this is truth!

The world waiting is one of complete false idols and confusion about what happiness is or how to achieve it. Due to the onslaught of so-called “reality” television it is taught that anyone can be, and should be, famous. Add to this the fact that when questioned about their future the avg. student said they wanted to be famous.

Look at the celebrities we have as role models. You won’t need to take your shoes off, the numbers not that high.

Once again you have to look, dress, act a certain way. No wonder we have such a crisis on our hands, do you think it will get better by simply adding diets, taking away choices, etc. In my personal experience, I will say you’re wrong.

After my weight loss, I worked in the gym as a personal trainer. I became obsessed with my weight. I actually became bulimic my-self, and I was in great shape.

Society determines our self-worth to often these days. We do not teach enough to our youth of how to evaluate themselves and really unlock their passion. Passion equals truth, and truth will always transcend lies. They must learn how to re-program themselves and utilize the awesome power of their mind and body for amazing possibilities.

Use our youth to empower other youth and create outlets for them to utilize their talents, while encouraging them to push themselves even further.

We make changes by not fighting battles; we will work through the system in order to create a shift in our culture. We use all means necessary to develop new programs, a web based community that is face book, my-space, men’s-health, women’s health, you-tube, everything a student wants. Designed for students, by students, allowing complete free access to resource to enhance their life. Allow them to overcome any challenge, pursue a life of real passion. Teens deserve to dream; in fact as far as I am concerned it is their right!

We change the culture, we change the environment, and we change a behavior

Complete programs developed to establish new behaviors along with complete support, and systems to ensure success.

Tollie, who lived his life as “the fat kid” and dealt with his self, inflicted circumstances in a self-destructive way, ballooned to over 500 pounds by the age of 24.

The pothole entrenched first few chapters of Tollie’s life, are viewed by most people as nothing short of inspiring, as seen in various national publications.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Tollie Schmidt, please call David Gilmore at 407-557-2059 or email David at info@TolliesProject.org

Website: www.TollieSchmidt.com
Source:Tollie Out of the Darkness Project
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Tags:Youth Obesity, Obesity, Eating Disorders, Teens, Depression, Suicide, Image Issues
Industry:Education, Health, Media
Location:Orlando - Florida - United States
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