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HEALTH
June 23, 2012 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Jennie Finch began playing softball as a kid, and her passion and talent for the sport carried her all the way to the U.S. National Team and, in 2004 and 2008, the women's U.S. Olympic team. A star pitcher, Finch led her fellow Olympians to win gold and silver medals. In 2010, Finch announced her retirement from the game to focus on her family. Now, the 31-year-old mother of two has written a book, "Throw Like a Girl," in which she relates the lessons she learned playing softball and her desire to bring the world of sports to more young women.
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NEWS
June 22, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
Weight and body image issues do not belong soley to the young, researchers have found - perhaps making official what plenty of women already discuss over coffee, with fake sugar, please. The study released Friday in the International Journal of Eating Disorders found that 70% of women over 50 are trying to lose weight and 62% say their weight or shape has a negative effect on their lives. The study also found that 3.5% report binge eating at least once a week, and 7.5% reported using diet pills.
HOME & GARDEN
April 28, 2012 | By Rebecca DiLiberto, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The first thing people often said when I told them that I, single and 30, was moving to Los Angeles: "Aren't you worried about dating? They're even worse out there than they are here. " Implicit in this statement was a reminder that I was already too fat to captivate quality New York men. Did I really want to punish myself further by trying to find a husband in L.A.? When I hit 35, I decided it was time to venture online. On dating sites, where one can control one's image with the precision of a world-class branding firm, I could lead with "I'm not skinny.
HOME & GARDEN
April 28, 2012 | By Rebecca DiLiberto
The first thing people often said when I told them that I, single and 30, was moving to Los Angeles: "Aren't you worried about dating? They're even worse out there than they are here. " Implicit in this statement was a reminder that I was already too fat to captivate quality New York men. Did I really want to punish myself further by trying to find a husband in L.A.? When I hit 35, I decided it was time to venture online. On dating sites, where one can control one's image with the precision of a world-class branding firm, I could lead with "I'm not skinny.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Let's start by looking at the picture of Ashley Judd, above, and note that many in the media (and the public) have been speculating of late about how she's losing her looks as she ages. As if. The media (and the public) went into overdrive recently, speculating over one of Judd's recent appearances in which she appeared "puffy faced. " She ruined her face with plastic surgery, or Botox, or something similar, the online world crowed. Now normally, Judd would have ignored all of this.
NEWS
November 29, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Digitally-altered photographs in magazines and beyond -- a pimple fuzzed out here, a crooked nose reshaped there -- can be nice to look at.  But as photo retouching has become more widespread, scientists worry that such idealized images have negative effects too, making people less satisfied with their own, less-than-perfect looks.   When the website jezebel.com publicized apparent alterations to a photograph of the singer Faith Hill from a 2007 Redbook cover, readers recoiled .  This summer, the American Medical Assn.
HEALTH
November 21, 2011 | By Alice Short, Los Angeles Times
It's hard to imagine a time when "Our Bodies, Ourselves" didn't take up space in bookstores and sex education classrooms and rankings on bestseller lists. The compendium of articles and essays on women's reproductive health, sexuality and social issues has been a staple among feminists and their daughters for decades. Four decades, in fact. And the 40th anniversary of "Bodies" has prompted release of a new edition. Much about this "OBOS" (as it's known to many of the faithful) will seem familiar to longtime readers.
NEWS
October 20, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
"Pro Ana" websites, places where children and teenagers can find support to advance their eating disorders, have shocked and frustrated parents and health professionals. To counter that influence, the National Eating Disorders Assn. has launched a new website for teens to support healthy eating and body image.   The site, Proud2Bme.org, is an interactive site that offers news about health, beauty, fashion and pop culture in an environment that encourages realistic attitudes about weight and personal health.
IMAGE
February 20, 2011 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Actors, filmmakers and other invited guests converged on the Culver Plaza Theatre in Culver City on Wednesday for the opening of the Pan African Film Festival, which this year features 121 films from 31 nations. Nate Parker ("The Great Debaters") hosted the first screening, "35 and Ticking," a film by radio personality Russ Parr. Before joining the crowd, Parker said he credited his recent discovery of his Cameroon ancestry as one reason he wished to participate in the festival. "This event celebrates African Americans and African connections," he said.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Business travel is roaring back after a two-year slump, and the airlines are welcoming it with a selection of new amenities, including bigger, more comfortable seats. But the luxuries typically come at a price. For example, Delta Air Lines announced plans to add a premium economy section ? "economy comfort" ? on all long-haul international flights by this summer. The airline will charge an extra $80 to $160 each way, depending on the route. The new seats will feature up to 4 more inches of legroom and 50% more recline than Delta's standard international economy-class seats.
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