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October 12, 2009 | Marni Jameson
By any measure, Maria Canul is full-figured. The single, 37-year-old public relations specialist is 5 feet 2 and a curvy 180 pounds. And like an increasing number of people who fall outside the normal weight box on BMI charts, she's fine with how she looks, thank you. The striking redhead is healthy, fit, happy -- and has no problem attracting men. Canul now sees society coming around to her view as well. "I see it in the reaction from men and even in the media. There's more appreciation of larger women.
March 4, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Consuming high levels of protein - particularly animal protein - is a bad strategy if you're at midlife and aiming to live into old age, new research finds. But a study out Tuesday reveals that in older age, fortifying one's diet with more protein-rich foods appears to be a formula for extending life. An article published in the journal Cell Metabolism says that, over an 18-year study period, middle-aged Americans who had the highest consumption of protein were more than four times as likely to die of cancer or diabetes, and twice as likely to die of any cause, than those whose diets were lowest in protein.
September 21, 2009 | Teresa Watanabe
Dorothy Carson figures her diet of frequent fried chicken and virtually no fresh produce finally caught up with her in July, when she was hospitalized for a stroke-like condition. After two months in recovery from blurred vision, Carson returned to church at First African Methodist Episcopal Church a few weeks ago. That very same day, she said, the church launched a new open-air fresh produce market to bring healthful foods and better diets to the residents of South Los Angeles.
February 25, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
If there's no caramel cheesecake, you are not likely to eat any. But plop one down on a table among a group of friends and forks are likely to come out. That's a simple scene that embodies some of the complex mechanisms that make it so hard for people to lose weight and keep it off. Researchers in England who were trying to sort out what makes dieters tempted and what makes them give into temptation looked at a group of 80 people -- mostly women...
One day a literary agent went out to lunch with four of his clients, all of whom were diet doctors. "Be sure not to order anything with meat in it," said one of the doctors, whose book, "Vegged Out: A Diet for the '90s," was No. 1 on the bestseller list. "Vegetarianism is the way to go." "Nonsense," said another doctor, an advocate of red meat whose book "Making Ends Meat: A Diet for the '90s," also was on the bestseller list. "Meat is the best thing you can eat."
January 15, 2001
Whither the Apple faithful as the house that Jobs built falls on hard times? Plus, full reports from Macworld, including a review of iTunes.
April 11, 2011 | Roy Wallack, Gear
I'd never seen anyone this big move this fast. Shay Sorrells, all 350 pounds of her, was up ahead on the bike path, absolutely flying. Furiously pumping arms and legs, the former "Biggest Loser" contestant was riding a Street Strider, a newfangled rolling elliptical machine. Once 476 pounds, she'd taken the Strider home after leaving the show and was riding it an hour a day around Newport Bay, hammering the flats at 13 miles per hour and soaring down hills at 30 — no different than me, about half her size.
January 14, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Younger women who ate at least three servings per week of strawberries or blueberries reduced their likelihood of suffering a heart attack by one-third compared with their sisters who incorporated fewer of the colorful berries into their diet, a new study says. The berry benefit was sufficiently strong that it held even after researchers adjusted for age, high blood pressure, family history of heart attack, body-mass index, exercise, smoking, and caffeine or alcohol intake. Researchers suggested that a group of dietary flavenoids called anthocyanins, which give blueberries and strawberries their jewel-like colors, may be responsible for the health benefits seen in the study's large sample of subjects.
April 10, 1997 | From Times staff and wire reports
Eating fish on a regular basis can sharply cut the risk of a heart attack, according to a long-term study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The research, which confirms earlier studies in the past two decades, was based on a 30-year study of the diets of 1,822 Chicago Western Electric employees who helped manufacture telephone poles at the company's Hawthorne Works. They were signed up in 1957 and detailed information on 195 foods in their diets was collected.
April 28, 1991 | TONI TIPTON, Tipton is a Times food writer.
In the mid-19th Century, Sylvester Graham, creator of the graham cracker, believed that plain, simple foods in their natural state were necessary for a healthy body. Salt and other condiments caused insanity, he said; cooked vegetables were "against God's law," and chicken pies caused cholera. In 1899, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg made a fortune by "detoxifying" the bodies of wealthy patients in his Battle Creek, Mich., sanitarium. A back-to-nature enthusiast, Kellogg employed therapy that included a high-fiber diet based on his invention, the cornflake.
February 24, 2014 | Mary MacVean
A vegetarian diet may help lower blood pressure, researchers who reviewed data from 39 previous studies said Monday. The researchers suggested that a vegetarian diet could be an alternative to drugs for people whose blood pressure is too high -- a condition known as hypertension and one that is a risk factor for heart disease and other problems.  About a third of Americans have high blood pressure. Seven clinical trials, with 311 participants, and 32 observational studies, including 21,604 people, were analyzed by researchers from Japan and the Physicans Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, which advocates for plant-based diets.
February 14, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
One awful day, D.C. Copeland recalls, her perspective on her "pure" diet had become so distorted that she found herself crying in the produce section of a grocery store because she could not decide whether the kale or the chard was "better. " Jennifer Lombardi had so limited what she considered healthful that she found herself fending off others' questions about her diet. So she fabricated all sorts of food allergies - so no one would challenge her. Both women say they were struggling with orthorexia, a condition that had them so consumed with a health food diet - or, as many people now term it, a clean diet - that the list of foods they'd eat shrank and shrank.
January 24, 2014 | By James S. Fell
Appearances to the contrary, actress Cameron Diaz wasn't always the picture of health. A few months of kung fu training changed all that, and now she's written a guide for women to make smart decisions about their bodies. For Diaz, "The Body Book" is about dispelling confusion and letting people know how things work from the eyebrows on down. What motivated you to write "The Body Book"? Two years ago I was 39 and having conversations with other women my age, and they kept saying the same things about how they were confused about their bodies and how to get them to where they wanted to be. I thought it was crazy that someone could live their whole life in their own body and not know how it works.
January 16, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Overweight and obese adults who use diet drinks to help them lose weight need to take another look at the food they eat, according to researchers who reported Thursday that those people ate more food calories than overweight people who drank sugar-sweetened beverages. The scientists writing in the American Journal of Public Health did not say the dieters should give up on no- and low-calorie drinks; rather, they said the dieters should look at what else they're consuming, especially sweet snacks, to find other ways to modify their diets.
January 16, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Imagine for a moment that all of the nation's fast-food establishments--all the striped awnings and golden arches, the drive-thru windows, the beckoning dollar deals and wafting odor of French fries--were to vanish overnight. Would the number of our kids who carry an unhealthful amount of extra weight plummet? The answer is very likely no, says a study published Thursday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Because if you shut off the supply of 24-ounce fountain drinks, bacon cheeseburgers, fried chicken and stuffed tacos, the children who frequently eat at fast-food restaurants will go home and do what they generally do when not eating at a fast-food restaurant: They'll snarf cookies and chips, chug sugar-sweetened soda from a bottle, and heat up frozen pizzas.
January 11, 2014 | By Chris Foster
There should be fewer creampuffs for UCLA's basketball team to munch on in the future. The Bruins' non-conference schedule prepared them well for conference play. Of course, that's provided that conference is the Big West or Big Sky, maybe even the American East … look out Stony Brook. But Coach Steve Alford wants something meaty, something chewy when gearing up for the Pac-12 Conference. “We want to play elite teams,” Alford said. “One of the reasons you come to UCLA is to play elite teams.
April 20, 1989 | BETSEY BALSLEY, Times Food Editor
I heard friends brag about how they "lost seven pounds in one week" on a special diet. But one seldom hears how they put it all back on the instant they went off the miracle cure. Diets come and diets go. One recommends loading up on carbohydrates. Another suggests that everything will be fine if you just eliminate all fats. Still another offers total success if you simply live on some sort of master-mix drinkable meals. And each is billed as absolutely the best and easiest way to get your weight exactly where you want it with the least trouble.
Until recently, many people believed that if kids didn't have the best of diets or weren't as active as they should be, they could always make up for it later. The truth is eating well and exercising is as important for the 3-year-old and 13-year-old as it is for adults.
January 6, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Even without weight loss, adhering to a diet rich in fresh produce, chicken, fish and olive oil is 40% more effective in heading off the development of Type 2 diabetes than following a low-fat diet, a new study has found. The research suggests that for the nation's 78 million obese adults, a diet that minimizes red meat and sweets but incorporates plant-based fats may be a sustainable way to improve health - even if permanent weight reduction proves elusive. The findings add to mounting research that suggests a traditional Mediterranean diet may be easier to adhere to and more likely to improve health than more restrictive regimens.
December 30, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Saturated fat's bad, bad image - the evil ingredient that supposedly makes people fat and keeps them that way, while clogging our blood vessels and raising our cardiovascular risk - has been getting a bit of a makeover. That shouldn't surprise anyone too much. Just a few years ago, anything but a low-fat diet was considered sure to doom people to a life of obesity. Then studies began finding that “good” fats such as those from olives, nuts and some fish were healthful for us and that people on diets high in refined carbohydrates - so-called high-glycemic diets --lost less weight than those on some diets richer in fats, even when the groups ate the same number of calories.
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