April 18, 2003
Usually sunny Southern California is arguably the nation's capital of dieting, where shedding weight enables one to shed clothes. For self-conscious Californians -- all right, others too -- Robert Atkins' diet was just what the doctor ordered: Eat all the meat, cheese and eggs you want. Avoid carbohydrates. You'll lose weight. Guaranteed. What a deal! Sure, factions of freedom fries and doughnut lovers felt excluded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2000 |
Diets are political. And the politics of the Atkins and Ornish diets has proved to be so divisive that Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, in an almost Hegelian scenario of the relation between the state and civil society, has suggested that government researchers should do an impartial study of the two, thereby putting an end to the civil strife. Like everything else in social life, diets are determined not by what people desire but by the conditions of their class.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2003 |
Dr. Robert C. Atkins, who bucked dietary dogma with best-selling books that helped millions of Americans shed pounds by shunning carbohydrates while indulging in beef, bacon, eggs and butter, died Thursday as a result of injuries suffered in a fall on an icy New York City sidewalk. He was 72. On April 8, a day after a snowstorm, Atkins fell and hit his head just yards from his Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine in midtown Manhattan.
April 22, 2003 |
Few industries owe a greater debt to Robert Atkins than Seventh Avenue. Atkins -- creator of the hugely popular high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet -- died Thursday in New York. Designers and editors alike undoubtedly will eulogize him over chicken Caesar salads and bunless turkey burgers. As difficult as it may be to believe, the fashion industry recently has been more obsessed with weight loss than usual. Several high-profile designers and editors have shed a significant amount of weight.
August 22, 2003 |
With sweat forming on his brow during a brisk 5 a.m. walk, Gov. Mike Huckabee said Thursday that he has found the willpower to step out of the buffet line and toward a more healthful lifestyle. "I've prayed many times, 'Lord, install in me that kind of metabolism where I just can enjoy every single thing that's on the buffet,' " he said. Huckabee said he has shed 50 pounds since starting a medically supervised diet June 10.
February 5, 2004 |
Cut out pasta? Sure. But cocktail hour? Some things are sacred. Bartenders -- catering to the masses of Atkins, South Beach and Zone dieters prohibited from ingesting too many sugars and starches -- are retooling their concoctions. Sweet mixers and simple syrup are out; green tea and sugar substitutes are golden.
November 20, 2005 |
IN my bathroom, I have a poster from the 2003-04 Fernando Botero show at the Musee Maillol in Paris. The Colombian artist has made an unusual specialty of painting obese people, in the case of my print, a bountifully proportioned ballerina, en pointe, her meaty shank poised as her leg unfolds. She seems completely unashamed of the figure she cuts in white leotard and tights, which is what makes her interesting and beautiful.
February 1, 1996 |
This is the time of year when tempers run a little testy. After all, this is peak dieting season, when even the mathematically challenged are known to perform great feats of caloric carry-over right there in the grocery aisles, hoping desperately to slip into something a little more comfortable--or rather, something more comfortably little. Let's see, for one slice of apple pie you could chew--click, click, click--78 pieces of sugarless gum.
July 6, 2009 |
I am a breast-cancer survivor and have heard that some sunscreens contain estrogen-like compounds. I cannot have anything that contains estrogen in or on my body. I would like to know which brands to avoid which are safe. Benzophenone-3 (BP-3 or oxybenzone) has estrogen-like activity. Try sunscreen with physical blockers such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. :: My husband has COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and suffers when he retains water.