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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, June 21, W3 TWI LETHBRIDGt HIRALO Formerly fat people struggle ior emotional adjustment By JUDE TUR1C Herald Writer The simple thrills of being able to scratch his back, sit in a theatre seat and see room on either side, or buy a stylish suit, add happiness to the thin life of formerly fat ROT Hagel. A man who two years ago weighted 328 pounds is now proud of himsslf at a slim 157, one pound less than his goal. Poor eating habits in his family, constant snacking and badly balanced meals started on the road to fatness, and kept him there for 25 years. "As a fat child, I became aware that I was different in explained Ron, a local tsacher, "and the less accept- able I became to the other children, the more I turned to food as a comfort. "I became withdrawn, went into my own private shell and kept on eating." Throughout high school and university, the pattern of over- eating persisted, and with it, Ron developed the "jolly fat p3rson bit" for parties "There were crash diets that I tried: sometimes losing, and sometimes not but always I gained it back and more. Finds answer Happiness is...being 157 Ibs. thin As a teenager, Ron Hagel didn't believe the before and after pictures local school teacher and presently a lecturer for Weight Watchers, took he saw in comic books and certainly didn't thin'k he'd ever be the subject two years to get rid of his fat and has kept it off. He was recently the in one. But after weighing 328 pounds at left, and slimming down to 157, Canadian representative at an international Weight Watchers conference right, he knows that losing 170 pounds can make a man happy. Ron, a he made the decision to join weight-control program. "1 was embarrassed to show up at my first meeting look- ing so he said, "so I crash dieted and lost 12 pounds. Needless to say I was still the fattest person there. "I didn't like many of the rules but I listened to the pro- gram and stuck to it. I struggl- ed against myself to stay on program, and suddenly realiz- ed it was working for mi I was losing." Ron stressed that the way was never easy and his fight against food continues every day even though he has main- tained his 170 pound loss for close to a year. "Sometimes my worst enem- ies were friends and relatives who would offer food saying 'just one piece won't hurt' but it's never just one piece I became thin, be found it diffi- I cult to accept a simple compli- i ment. Adjustment hard "A person who has never I been fat has no idea the frus- tration of entering into a new situation without any notion as to how to act. It even takes time to realize that a girl on the street glances at you be- cause you are just a man, and net a fat explained Ron. He said the way to emotkm- al justmsnt was slow but pos- sible. "Formerly fat people to remember that Ufe isn't going to change, we have to change There's no magic number that ends, all your problems. If you want to get rid of your weight you can. Self-discipline and lots of it that got you fat in the first i toe only way to do it, and walk out on the situation to j believe me it's a struggle but "There were times when I'd worth he added. keep from going off the pro- 1 Happy being thin m.otvi TVi cair (nfi tn-anic vnn gram To say 'no thank you was the hardest thing in the world and there were times I gave in too.'' Ron pointed out that real happiness comes whan you are thin; when you care for "Eating to please people is a j yourself and find that you can trap to beware of. to do what in New York. Ann Landers Women sell themselves cheap organization president DEAR ANN LANDERS: Something MUST be done about kids who are turned loose with B.B. guns and pel- lets. This morning I heard strange sounds outside my window and discovered that my brother (age 12) had just shot a mother woodpecker and her baby. Although they were already dead he con- tinued to shoot them This isn't the first time I've caught him doing such a thing. And he isn't the only one. HiS friends are just as bad. I blame their parents who think there is something wonderful about teaching children to "hunt." It makes me sick to see nature's cre- atures dead all around deep, ducks, rabbits, squir- rels. At one time man had to DEAR ANN LANDERS. A single woman in her early 30s joined our typing pool last year. She was vague about her social life and never in- vited any of us to her apart- ment. We decided she is liv- ing with a man. Three months ago ''Miss Enigma" began to put on weight. Last week it became apparcX. that she is preg- nant. She is not wearing ma- ternity clothes, just larger blouses and skirts. This afternoon during cof- DEAR ANN LANDERS: I've read your column faith- fully for years, and now I guess it's my turn to ask for advice. Sooner or later ev- erybody runs into a problem they can't handle. I am 17 years old and have been going steady for two years. Several months ago ray boy friend told me he had VD and begged me to get tested right away. Well, I did, and sure enough I had it, too. Both of us were treated free by the City Health De- partment doctor and he didn't tell our parents. (Thank God THAT law was changed last jear We are completely cured, kill animals for survival. To- day, shooting animals and calling it a "sport" is not only a popular pastime but it's downright fashionable. I know all the arguments put out by gun clubs, rifle and bullet manufacturers, and magazines that push these sales. They scream says BANFF, Alia fCP) Mem- bers of the Federated Women's Institute of Canada (FWIC) are selling themselves cheap, the organization's president said here. Marion Fulton said in an in- terview following presentation of the iinancial report at FWIC's convention here that the organ- izacion national membership dues are 25 cents per up from five cents in 1949. Even v.ith local, district and I travelled to Guy- ana, South America to teach and decided I couldn't live in a poor couirry for and still come back he said. While there, he commented that he had only two friends, God, to whom he prayed each day for a miracle weight loss; and ms dojj "because neither I one could call me j The struggle for thin began i one month after Ron discovered 1 there was an organization known as Weight Watchers, and about "balance of provincial fees added, FWIC etc. In the meantime, I am deeply concerned about young people wiio are taught to kill. Do you have the cour- age to print this letter? Or has the gun lobby got to you, Reader DEAR READER- You must be a brand new reader or ycu wouldn't have asked that last question. Here's your letter and my thanks to you ior having written it. fee break we were discussing diets. "Miss Enigma" casual- ly mentioned that she has put on about 15 pounds due to a tumor which she is having out "in a few months." We hate for her to think she is fooling anyone. What should our attitude Born Yesterday DEAR N. B. Y.: Improved. Right now it's disgusting. People assume the worst spoil my day. You dames need more work. Why don't you varnish your desks? although we have to go back every six months for two years to make sure the cure is permanent. The question I need an answer to is this: I babysit with an adorable lit- tle boy. I live in lear that I might have given him the in- lection. I would never be able to live with myself if any- thing happened to that child and it was my fault. Should I suggest to his par- ents that they have the boy tested and trust them nol to tell my C. N. Y DEAR G. C.: Yes. The chances are very slim that the child contracted the dis- ease, but it's a chance you should NOT rake. membership dues musl rank among the lowest of any organ- ization in Canada, she agreed. "I think we're selling our- selves she said. Mrs. Fulton, of Birtle, Man. said her dues are a year and this includes membership in the organization's interna- tional body Associated Coun- try Women of the World. But even the paltry S2.50 fee does not fall totally in Mrs. Fulton's lap. j "I pay my local Women's In- stituie 50 cents to be a mem- to pay the remainder of its members' fees. She said part of the reason the organization is able to sur- vive with such low member- ship lees is that, "most of the institute's come under either the department of agriculture or the department of educa- tion." In return for such services as making arrangements for courses sponsored by the de- partment of agriculture in rural communities, the Women's In- stitute is often provided with free office space. Home movie buffs would have had a heyday as the Women's Institute members from each of the provinces presented ten- minute programs depicting any one new activity earned out by a local group. They had been told to use any method they wished and al- though some of them employed skits, verse or speech to get i their message across, the ma- jority turned to slide show presentations tenance of an old mill in Pic- tou County, Nova Scotia, to the construction of numerous blue- bird houses in Saskatchewan, aimed at preserving bird life. One Women's Institute group in southwestern Quebec turned OTTAWA (CP) If you are Pensioners keep active someone else wants. I fin- ally thought, do they know what it's like to be carrying this weight around? I'm living this fat life. Is it worth it to blow it all on one night? One extra piece of cake7 You can find unlimited, seven-day excuses. I know be- cause I gave them Ron said. Being thin on the outside is just part of a hard battile. Leaning to think thin takes a gieat daal of adjustment and time as well. As a fat person, Ron said he couldn't accept himself and was in fact ashamed. Once he cere for others too. "Getting rid of fat is easier than getting rid of the problems thai caused hs continued, "It takes time to pull out of a shell and effort to break long- established behavior patterns.'' Once a person becomes thin, he said, the next step is to the old weight off. "It's a mistake for a form- erly fat person to become a hermit, to stay away from weddings, parties, good times. "When you're winning and finding respect for yourself you can stay on program if you want to. I have pride now thai I've never had before. And my pride gets me through." she said, adding that the I Pr o j e c t s depicted ranged organization raises the money i from the restoration and mam- Older women tackle job too tough for students its attention to apples, a plenti- ful commodity in their district. and compiled a cook book of recipes using apples One whole day was spent re- viewing the work of FWIC. a rural-based organization inter- ested in the betterment of com- munities. Reports from the national convenors of FWIC's five stand- ing committees documented work in the area of handicrafts, safety programs, donations to social welfare agencies, and studies of such things as smok- ing, drug abuse, venereal dis- ease, and consumer education. One of the convenors, Jennie Mclnnes of the organization's committee on agriculture and Canadian industries, discussed the public objection to high foe prices, suggesting that some of the people who com- plain might have their priorities mixed. BINGO SCANDINAVIAN HALL 229 12th St. 'C' N. FRIDAY, JUNE 22 at 8 p.m. DOOR? OPEN AT 7 P.M. NEW JACKPOT IN 55 NUMBERS 10th GAME WIN ON EMPTY CARD 4th 8th 12th GAME in 7 NUMBERS or LESS 5 CARDS FOR POT OF COLD JACKPOT Single Winner First 12 Receive SOe GOLD CARDS PAY DOUBLE EACH 2 DOOR PRIZES FREE CARDS S DRAWS FOR NEXT WEEK Sorry No one .under 16 years ef oge allowed. TORONTO (CP) Maria Machomsduc, 60. of Toronto was crouched over in a farm field near here as she swung the knife for what must have been the thousandth time. She is one of hundreds of wo- men brought to Peel and Halton counties each spring to work in the fields. Most cf the 20 women, origi- nally from Europe and the West Indies, were cutting rhubarb on Clarence French's farm. Most- ly, they are in thsir late 40s She said they used to own a large farm in what now is part of the Soviet Union but the Nazis came during the war and forced her to work in Germany. the war I didn't go back. I no like communism. I am happy here in Canada. I work hard but I am happy." Mr. French said: "They work hard and they manage very well. I've been in some of their homes and they're beautiful. I get enough help but I could always use more, especially when the and work for market gardeners! strawberry season starts-that's and apple farmers for an' when I have to compete with hour until the snow conies. The live in Toronto and are driven 15 miles to the fields six days a week. They work nine hours a day, weather i permHting. Mrs. Machomschic says thei work doesn't bother her be- cause she's been doing it all her life, and besides the a day comes in handy to help support her family, including her son who will enter college this fall and wants to be a journalist. When the rhubarb season ends in June she and the other women will pick strawberries and then apples in the fall. Mr. French hired 11 students last summer but all of them ended up cutting themselves with the knives. "The women like this kind of he said. "They could work in factories but I think they prefer to be in the fields." Mrs. Machomschic came to Canada from Germany in 1951 with her husband who works in a Toronto sera -ard. The coup- le own their own home. strawberry help'' growers for their WeeWhimsy wilt ttt thi art lor his quott Ssndvour child s ouoiation to thu paper Golden Mile Open Monday through Fri- day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satur- day from 1 to 5 p.m. Next week: Tuesday: Sing- ing 10 a.m. Dancing 2 p.m. Noteworthy: The tickets for the one-day bus trip to Many Glaciers on July 9 are now available at the centre. The centre will accept names of senior citizens who would like to have minor repairs done to their homes for cost of mate- rials only. Arrangements can be made for permanent lawn i cutting. Those interested may contact the centre at 327-5333. l The Golden Age Camp will be held August 4 to 11 at Cany- on Church Camp. The registra- tion fee of ?25 includes return bus fare. Members are asked to register as soon as possible. The centre will be working in conjunction with the Leth- bridge Community College in the fall. Several projects are curious about what some re- tired people are doing with their time, a glance through the latest list of federal New Hori- zon grants announced recently will clear things up. A group in Minden, Ont, called the Haliburton Wild Mushroom Hunters, is getting for their favorite pas- time. The Estonian Pensioners Club in Toronto is getting for Senior Citizens' Sunday Days, and another Ontario group called the Pinewood Senior Citi- zens is receiving for a "get-together." Another intriguing grant is for mud and rock for the InnSsfail Senior Citizens Arts and Craft Club of Alberta. An- other Alberta group called The Last Round Up is to receive for Good Will to All. The Golden Age Club of She- mogue in Cap Pele, N.B., is to get for "awakening of elderly people'' and St. Vin- cent's Senior Citizens Club in Halifax will receive for "making life worthwhile for se- nior citizens. 1 These1 are some of 155 pro- jects, said to involve more than persons, which receive in the last round of federal New Horizons grants. i The program was set up in 1972 by the health and welfare department to help retired peo- 1 pie and develop projects bene- ficial to them and to the com- munity. catenae focal n, ar apper.mqs There will be a meeting at the Women'5 Centre tonight at 8 for all interested persons. 542 7th St. S. V The Kiwanis Club of Green Acres will meet Monday at. p.m. at the Marquis Hotel The social group of the Leth- bridge Handicapped Society will host the Calgary social expected to evolve which will j group Sunday at Henderson be of interest to senior citizens. J Lake Park. JACKPOT BINGO THIS THURSDAY EVENING, JUNE 21st Sponsored by Aid ef St. Peter and St. Paul's Church STARTS P.M. SHARP-PARISH HALL CORNER 12th STREET B AND 7th AVENUE NORTH Jackpot Starts at and it Wen Evtry Thursday 2nd Jackpot in 55 Numbers Sth-7 No. Jackpet Pot Gold PER CARD OR 5 FOR Sl.OO ALSO FREE CARDS, FREE GAMES AND A DOOR PRIZI Pertent under 16 net ollewed Furry trendsetter Pieced beaver coat, highlighted by dark fur collar and hood, was designed by Roger Stevens and shown in New York during a fashion display by the Couture Busi- ness Council for National Press Week. ;