Statement From an '80s Child Star on Sexual Abuse in Hollywood

There was no shortage of men who approached underage actors, singers as managers, photographers, publicists and all of these men were professional groomers in hindsight. The film industry is just one platform that gives these piranhas a way to groom children and make their parents comfortable enough to get them away and they were all working together and I saw a lot of inappropriate things. I was in the room when a lot of inappropriate things happened and the fact that it was 30 years ago and we are trying to raise awareness about it is very disheartening to me, but I am making this statement because my goal is through this national media platform and the power of Mr. Mehmet Oz, his truth and heart that somehow we are going to create enough social awareness that we can spot someone to make a change.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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