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December 29, 2003
Some might call them fad-makers; others would credit them with caring about the nation's health. Either way, you can't discount the enormous influence these people and their diets have had over the years on Americans' struggle to shed pounds.
July 19, 1999 | SHELDON MARGEN and DALE A. OGAR, Dr. Sheldon Margen is professor of public health at UC Berkeley; Dale A. Ogar is managing editor of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter. They are the authors of several books, including "The Wellness Encyclopedia of Food and Nutrition."
Did you hear the one about the writer who discovered a magic lamp? When the genie told him that he had three wishes, he asked for wealth, fame and to write a book that would be on the New York Times bestseller list for 10 years. Suddenly there was a puff of smoke, the sound of thunder and --shazaam--the writer was holding a hardcover book with his name on it titled "How to Lose Weight Without Any Effort Whatsoever or Without Giving Up Anything You Like to Eat."
January 25, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, embroiled in a battle over remarks he made about Dr. Robert Atkins, offered the diet guru's widow a low-carb mea culpa -- an invitation to a steak dinner. A spokesman for Veronica Atkins said the invitation had been accepted. Mayoral spokesman Ed Skyler issued a three-sentence statement about the food fight. "While talking to firefighters about the challenges of losing weight, the mayor made a joke which upset Veronica Atkins," Skyler said.
August 2, 1997
Visitors to an obesity exhibit in Cerritos this weekend are invited to sample low-fat desserts and view computer-generated images of themselves with weight added or subtracted from their actual appearance. Dubbed the Route 30 Diner, the traveling exhibit is fashioned after an actual restaurant setting and aims to promote a healthy diet with 30% or less fat calories.
January 6, 2003 | Dianne Partie Lange, Special to The Times
For years it was widely believed that certain foods, such as chocolate and French fries, made acne worse. Then dermatologists said food didn't cause pimples. Now, get ready for another about-face. According to a study in the December issue of the Archives of Dermatology, our Western diet may be a reason 79% to 95% of American teenagers have acne. Researchers spent seven weeks examining the skin and lifestyle of village people on Kitava Island, Papua New Guinea.
June 27, 1985
High-fiber weight-loss diets which prescribe unlimited amounts of fruits, vegetables and whole grains may help shed pounds, but they are frequently low in valuable nutrients like protein, calcium and iron, says a registered dietitian with the American Heart Assn. and the Dairy Council of California.
March 30, 1989 | BRIAN COUTURIER, Times Staff Writer
America's largest baby-food manufacturer warned weight-conscious parents Wednesday against carrying the lean diets of babies too far in attempts to keep them from growing up to become fat adults. The Gerber Products Co. said that parents should not overly restrict fat in infant diets and should not give infants skim milk.
December 7, 1988 | Scott Ostler
Oprah Winfrey is not the diet inspiration-sensation of 1988. Don't get me wrong, Oprah did a marvelous job of trimming off, what was it, 175 pounds? A ton o' fat. I didn't see her famous diet show, but I heard that for dramatic effect she brought out a plastic bag filled with fat, equivalent to the amount she lost. At least I assume the fat in the bag was representational, and not the actual fat she lost. Good for Oprah.
August 3, 1995 | From Newsday
Eating tofu and other soybean products can significantly reduce cholesterol levels, scientists said Wednesday. Six weeks to three months of substituting soybeans for animal proteins cut total blood cholesterol by an average of 9.3%, a University of Kentucky team reports in today's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers analyzed 38 previous clinical studies with a total of 740 subjects, going back 18 years.
October 16, 1991
This year, more than 1 million Americans will discover they have cancer, according to projections by the American Cancer Society. Besides regular check-ups, what are the best preventive measures? Diet and physical activity are both important, countless studies suggest. Here are some ways to be sure your diet and your workout routine are helping to minimize cancer risk. Gail Frank, professor of nutrition, Cal State Long Beach, and American Dietetic Assn. spokeswoman, suggests eating wisely.
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