I’m not doing it for attention or for anybody for me. My body doesn’t seem to mind as I go smaller and smaller. But 18, I’m happy here. I don’t have any desire to go smaller than that.
Can you imagine wearing a corset for 23 hours a day? Well, mum and US Navy veteran does just that to maintain her tiny 18-inch waist. Mother-of-three boys Diana Ringo, 39, from San Diego, California only takes off her corset when she showers or works out.
The 5ft 2in wife, who was in the Navy as a chef for nine years, started wearing her waist-shrinking garments four years ago after she lost her natural curves following the birth of her four-year-old twin boys. Diana wanted to lose the weight she put on during pregnancy, so with a balanced diet, exercise and an operation to remove excess skin, Diana decided to get her hourglass figure back by wearing waist-pinching corsets that have given her an incredibly tiny 18 inch waist.
For some, the idea of having a baby is one filled with joy, love and a dream come true… but for many the realities of pregnancy and parenthood go undetected. A new survey about maternal mental health shows that 43% of new mums suffer extreme or disturbing thoughts whilst almost a quarter of them fear their child will be taken into care if they admit to mental health issues. Which helps explain why a staggering 64% of mums never seek help for their symptoms, leading to fears of a hidden epidemic.
Joining us on the sofa is mum of two Jem Armistead who overcame her extreme fears and anxieties, she’s speaking out to help end the stigma surrounding these issues. Alongside her is Siobhan Freegard, editor of Channel Mum, who’s here to talk about her own experiences, and why she wants mums everywhere to be more open and honest about mental health.
Nine-year-old Jack saved his father’s life over the breakfast table, thanks to skills he learnt from a video presented by Dr Ranj and shown in his classroom.
With shocking new research showing that 95% adults would not be able to save a life in a first aid emergency, today, three UK charities are calling for it to be made compulsory in schools.
Jack and his dad Keith are here to share their story, and Dr Ranj explains why he's supporting the St John's Ambulance campaign to make changes to the teaching of Sex & Relationship Education and PSHE.
At 34, Claire Drury had her whole life ahead of her. A bright PHD student, Claire sadly slipped into a dangerous cycle of drug abuse after a series of failed relationships. But sadly, in May last year she died at the hands of a drug dealer, Stephen Perrett, after he gave her a lethal injection of heroin and crack cocaine.
After admitting to manslaughter, Perrett has since been sentenced to six years in jail. But despite Claire's needless death, her father Stephen has found the strength to forgive her killer - instead blaming society for her death. He joins us on the sofa today.
French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to plough ahead with a campaign promise to reintroduce compulsory military service nearly two decades after it was scrapped.
Despite concerns that it’s reintroduction could cause France both financial and legal problems, Macron has promised to make sure that all young people spend a month getting 'a direct experience of military life’.
But after 55 years without National Service, could it be time to reinstate it within the UK too? Former RAF Navigator, John Nichol is here alongside Journalist Clare Muldoon to discuss.
He’s one fourth of the British bobsleigh team currently competing in the Winter Olympics, but you might recognise Toby Olubi from game shows like Deal or no Deal and The Cube as he attempted to raise funds for the sport.
Toby took up the 94mph sport in 2013 after leaving the teaching profession behind. His ice spikes can cost up to £300 and he's expected to foot the bill when it comes to equipment, travel, training and travel. With minimal funding from UK Sport and the National Lottery, Toby reveals how far he’s come and why he’s adamant to come home with a gold - live from Pyeongchang in South Korea.
This whole sector needs a shake-up. It needs a deep clean.
International aid charity Oxfam has been accused of sexual misconduct and abuse both in their UK shops and within their foreign disaster zones.
Whistleblower Helen Evans, the former head of Safeguarding at the charity quit after she says senior bosses ignored her evidence regarding volunteers trading aid for sex in areas like Haiti, as well as cover ups by UK shop managers. It’s even been reported that 123 alleged incidents of sexual harassment have been investigated in the last nine years. And Oxfam’s Deputy Chief Executive Penny Lawrence has also quit as the organisation is warned it could lose more than £30 million of government funding.
I think it’s right that Oxfam should be held to the highest possible standards. We’re ashamed of what happened we apologise for what happened. We want to improve and we want to put things right and we want to be able to explain to our supporters.
As a Charity Commission launches an investigation, and questions are asked about the amount of money which is wasted, we speak to Oxfam's Director of Fundraising Tim Hunter and journalist and former Head of Celebrity Liaison at the charity, Elisa Roche.
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Never think of it as the end, because there is so much you can do
It was just a typical day in September 2012 when Wendy Mitchell started to feel fuzzy headed and collapsed whilst running. She took herself to the doctors, who dismissed the incident as old age, little did she know that was the start of early-onset dementia.
I hate quiet weeks when there's nothing on my calendar, because I know dementia is going to win
Now, three years since her diagnosis, Wendy’s life has changed beyond imagination, but she remains positive about her condition and has just released her book ‘Somebody I used to know’ - in the hope of spreading the message and wiping away the stigma that comes with dementia.