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August 22, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Marriage may have an effect on weight -- so can divorce, a study finds. Researchers examined weight loss and gain in men and women in the two years following a marital transition, getting married or getting divorced. They found that there was a difference for the sexes: Men were at higher risk for gaining weight after divorce, while women were at higher risk of packing on the pounds following marriage. These weight gains were more likely to happen after age 30 -- before then, weight gains between just marrieds and unmarrieds weren't that dissimilar.
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November 29, 2012 | By Melissa Healy
Alright, you've heard your newborn bundle of joy's lusty cry; you've counted his or her fingers and toes; you may just have learned the baby's gender. So let's not waste another minute before sucking the joy from this picture of blissful innocence and answering a key question about his or her health and appearance: Will he or won't she be fat? Noting that "prevention of obesity should start as early as possible after birth," international researchers have devised a checklist of factors that can be quickly toted up at a mother's bedside to predict with moderate certainty -- an accuracy of between 71% and 85% -- her newborn's prospects of becoming obese.
NEWS
November 29, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
There's no consensus on how much weight an overweight or obese woman should gain during pregnancy--in 2009 the Institute of Medicine changed its guidelines, lowering it to 11 to 20 pounds for obese moms-to-be, but not everyone agrees. A study finds that there may be few differences in pregnancy-related results for women who gain more or less weight. The study, published in the December issue of the journal Obesity , looked at data on 691 obese women. Of those, 57.7% had a pre-pregnancy body mass index of 30 to 34.9 (considered level I obesity)
NEWS
May 3, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Packing on even a few extra pounds in midlife can increase the risk of developing dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease, by 70% or more, Swedish researchers reported Monday. Earlier studies had shown an increased risk from being obese, but the new research reported in the journal Neurology is the first to show that simply being overweight is enough to increase the risk. "Our results contribute to the growing evidence that controlling body weight or losing weight in middle age could reduce your risk of dementia," co-author Dr. Weili Xu of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm said in a statement.
NEWS
March 4, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
Obesity isn’t terribly consistent with good health. The more severe the obesity, the worse the health effects. But extra pounds alone don’t account for all of the health problems in people who are overweight. A study out this week suggests that society’s bias against fat people is partly to blame too. Here’s the theory behind how it works: The higher your body-mass index, the more likely you are to think that you’ve been a victim of weight discrimination.
NEWS
February 27, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
If primary care doctors build intensive counseling programs to help their obese patients exercise, lose weight and get healthy, will they work? A new study finds that for half the population, at least, they will. For men and women alike, results will be modest. And for women, they won't last. The authors of the study, published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, concluded that physicians' efforts to improve their obese patients' health by promoting lifestyle change might do better to embrace "a more realistic expectation": a modest reduction of patients' waist circumference and the prevention of further weight gain.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 1989
Re "Dance and Exercise Studios Paying the Piper," by Julie Wheelock, Sept. 17: As a self-employed musician, I can certainly sympathize with the small business owners who feel that the extra burden of paying the necessary ASCAP/BMI fees is not only difficult but ethically questionable. The unfortunate thing is that those very musicians and composers who write, arrange and produce the music that everyone feels they can use freely are often operating at a budget and living condition far below the life style of anyone who can afford to get a loan and open a business.
NEWS
February 1, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Childhood obesity in America is on the rise, but kids don't seem to be getting the message. Parents can pick up advice and tips from these experts who run a wellness program that focuses on children's health. The guests on a live Web chat Wednesday (1 p.m. EST, noon CST, 10 a.m. PST) will be pediatrician Dr. Angela Fals along with a Healthy 100 Kids team that includes a registered dietitian, an exercise physiologist and a psychologist. Before the chat, check out whether your child has a weight problem.
NEWS
March 4, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
When a nearly 600-pound man who boldly promoted food at a restaurant called the Heart Attack Grill dies, one of the first reactions is likely to be ... , well, not one of surprise. But then comes the news that Blair River might have died of pneumonia. Hold on. Don't order up that 8,000-calorie burger just yet. Note that there is a potential link between obesity and pneumonia. "After accounting for factors such as lifestyle and education, moderately obese men -- those with a body mass index between 30 and 34.9 -- had a 40% greater risk of pneumonia compared with those of normal weight (BMI of less than 24.9)
BUSINESS
July 28, 1987 | KEVIN BRASS
The Belly Up Tavern had been open in Solana Beach for about four years when two well-dressed men visited owner Dave Hodges in his small office. "They looked like Louie and Lefty," recalled Hodges, referring to stereotypical characters in gangster movies.
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