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September 27, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Stone Age man swapped a diet of fish for meat and vegetables as soon as the opportunity arose, according to scientists at England's Bradford University. "In Britain, it happened very quickly, in a generation or two," said team leader Michael Richards. Richards' team, which published its results in the current issue of Nature, studied dietary change during the Neolithic period between 5,200 and 4,500 years ago.
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.
March 31, 2000 | INDRANEEL SUR
Starting today, Cal State Northridge students and faculty will teach families at the Woodman Center Head Start Program the importance of balancing a nutritious diet with exercise. The Project Community Nutrition Resource program focuses on low-income, largely Latino areas whose residents often have no health insurance, said Jerry Ann Harrel-Smith, a professor at CSUN and the program's administrator. Classes are underway in Pacoima and San Fernando.
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.
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