CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1995
The rosy picture that Ventura Mayor Tom Buford is painting is not so rosy or perhaps is tarnished. In one sentence he introduces scare tactics in talking about the possibility of reducing our superb police and fire services. Those services, especially in today's society, are the most important services in any community. There are numerous other city bureaucratic positions that could be trimmed by cutting the fat. There are many city employees who are grossly overpaid for services performed.
January 10, 2004
After reading "War on Fat Gets Serious" (Jan. 3), I am wondering, will I now be sued by the recipients of my wonderful holiday cookies? Will I have to ask my guests to sign a waiver when invited to dinner for my osso buco, filet of beef with creamy peppercorn sauce and side of horseradish cream? Is there one of us who sat down to eat a giant hot fudge sundae or banana split who thought it would never end up on our hips or our hearts? Puleeez! Perhaps we should posthumously sue my mother for her Southern fried chicken, hot apple crisp or sumptuous butter cookies.
June 1, 1989 |
Neither the health nor the medical communities will be successful at getting Americans to restrict fat in their diets--reducing current consumption from around 36% to the recommended 30%--unless the tastes to which consumers are accustomed are preserved, a doctor of human behavior reported recently. In spite of recommendations from health-care agencies and the U.S. Surgeon General calling for major improvements in the way Americans eat, statistics demonstrate a feeble attempt by Americans to comply.
September 4, 1994
I read with interest your story "Thigh Anxiety" (Aug. 23). When I researched my latest book, "The New Mother's Body Book," a handful of medical experts on human fat and female anatomy told me that fat gained in the bottom half of the body (thighs, hips, buttocks), where most women put on the pounds, really is biochemically different and harder to get rid of than fat in the face, abdomen and other high places (where men tend to store it). Fat below the waist simply doesn't break down for use as energy as easily as fat in the abdomen does-- unless you're pregnant or breast-feeding.
May 10, 2008 |
Subcutaneous fat that accumulates around the hips and buttocks may offer some protection against diabetes, U.S. researchers reported Tuesday in the journal Cell Metabolism. They said the fat, which collects immediately under the skin, helped to improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar. In contrast, visceral fat, which accumulates in the abdomen, is known to exacerbate the effects of diabetes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2008 |
California restaurateurs could no longer legally cook with trans fat under a proposal sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday by the state Senate. The measure, AB 97 by Assemblyman Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), would impose fines of up to $1,000 for using margarine, shortening or oil containing artificial trans fat. The substance has a long shelf life but has been linked to heart disease. Public health groups, including the American Heart Assn., support the legislation. The California Restaurant Assn.
August 26, 1996 |
The makers of "guilt-free" goodies are getting another fake fat to cook with, and its developer says this one won't give you any unpleasant side effects. Z-trim is made of fiber from the hulls of oats, corn or soybeans. It is intended for use by food makers in cutting fat and calories from such products as cheese, chocolate and pancakes. The U.S.
April 30, 1992 |
The recent and ongoing debate over the amount of fat in the American diet has frightened many people away from good cooking and pleasurable eating. Yet it's important to remember that there are no bad foods, only bad eating habits--and we shouldn't forget that fat is a necessary nutritional component in our diet. Fat's appealing taste and texture ensured that early humankind received enough calories for the enormous expenditure of energy required to survive.
November 15, 1990 |
First the box. Now the burger? McDonald's Corp., which is discarding its plastic foam cartons to please environmentalists, said Wednesday that it is testing a low-fat hamburger to please weight-watchers. One nutritionist hailed the announcement as an apparent breakthrough in the fight against fast-food fat. The new quarter-pound hamburger is 91% fat-free and weighs in with 310 calories and 10 grams of fat, including the bun, ketchup, mustard, pickle, onion, lettuce and tomato.
June 30, 2001
Regarding the commentary by Carla Kucinski lamenting the increased use of "fat suits" by actors and comedians ("Hollywood Beefs Up for a Good Laugh," June 27): If any obese people are upset by the humor generated by actors in fat costumes, they should either develop thicker skins or eat less and exercise more. Forgive my callous attitude, but as a short man (5-feet-4), I have always had to put up with Hollywood's endless stereotyping of short men as either buffoons or psychos. From the torrent of short jokes in movies like "Shrek" to a TV show like "ER," in which each male character's level of decency and competency corresponds directly to how tall he is (if you've never noticed this, pay attention the next time you watch)