January 15, 2013 |
Despite all the attempts to legislate America's way out of obesity with food regulations, a new study out of UC Irvine suggests that there could be more to fat than sloth and supersized sodas. Pregnant mice exposed to a chemical commonly used in PVC -- best known as the material used for piping but also a component in home furnishings, children's toys, packaging and lots of other everyday items -- gave birth to offspring with a tendency to obesity. And their offspring's offspring, which were never exposed to the chemical.
January 5, 2013 |
The National Assn. to Advance Fat Acceptance calls it "appalling " that the new season of "The Biggest Loser" will include young teenagers. Season 14 of NBC's reality weight-loss competition begins Sunday night and will include three teenagers -- two 13-year-olds and a 16-year-old. The casting decision has sparked controversy in some circles, with critics worrying that the experience will stigmatize the children involved. In a statement issued late Friday night NAAFA accused the show of trying to "profit off the bullying and stigmatization of fat kids" and said that lasting harm is done to children by focusing on body size and weight loss. "I am concerned that The Biggest Loser promotes short-term weight loss and does long-term harm to the bodies, minds, and spirits of many of its contestants and viewers --precipitating eating disorders, weight gain, depression, and weight-based bullying," Barbara Altman Bruno, a NAAFA advisory board member and clinical social worker, said in the statement.
December 21, 2012 |
TV dinners got a relative thumbs up in a medical journal - when compared with recipes offered by TV chefs. Surprised? Turns out that the British TV dinners, called “ready meals” there - had fewer calories and less fat and fiber than the chefs' recipes. None of the dishes complied with the World Health Organization recommendations, however, the study in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal said. The researchers compared 100 main-course recipes from five bestselling cookbooks with 100 “ready meals” main courses from three leading British supermarkets.
December 11, 2012 |
For those of you struggling with your weight, here's a future transplant list you will want to be on: Receive some brown fat from a lean, healthy donor, have it injected in or around your belly fat, and quickly see your metabolic function improve, your white-fat deposits make way for lean muscle and your scale show a downward trend. That tantalizing prospect for fighting fat took a small step closer to reality Monday with the publication of a study that found that, in chubby mice, at least, such as procedure worked.
December 10, 2012 |
Three women who dined at Chilly D's Sports Lounge in Stockton, Calif., received a bill identifying them as "fat girls," and a server at the restaurant located inside the Cameo Club Casino has been suspended, says Fox News. The women had dinner at Chilly D's last week and were shocked to see that "fat girls" had been typed in on the receipt by a restaurant staffer, according to the report. "I got the bill, and I was like, 'Why does the receipt say fat girls?'" said one of the diners, Christina Duran.
November 21, 2012 |
CNN reports that an investigation is underway into the Hong Kong car crash that killed two chefs from Heston Blumenthal's famous British restaurant the Fat Duck . CNN said that newspaper reports and the Hong Kong Police Force identified the dead as Carl Magnus Lindgren, 30, from Sweden and Ivan Aranto Herrera Jorge, 34, of Britain. Their taxi driver also was killed. Blumenthal, who was in Hong Kong, identified the bodies of the two chefs, according to the Standard. Reports say that the two chefs were killed after a bus barreling downhill hit two cars, crossed into the other lane and crushed their taxi against another bus, resulting in the three deaths and injuring 56 people, including the driver of the other bus, a baby and a 90-year-old.
November 19, 2012 |
Jessica Simpson has been touring the country and making appearances on behalf of the Jessica Simpson Collection along with sister Ashlee this month. At places like Macy's South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, and Dillard's in Tampa, Fla., she is showing off her 60-pound weight loss since baby daughter Maxwell Drew was born in May. [People] Model Kate Moss and her new book, "Kate: The Kate Moss Book," were feted at a party in London last week whose fashionable turnout boasted guests Florence Welch, Boy George, Noel Gallagher, Bob Geldof, Alison Mosshart, Donna Karan, Riccardo Tisci, Annabelle Neilson, Kristen McMenamy and Luella Bartley.
November 11, 2012 |
In the Americas, Australia and Europe (and a few other places: West Africa, the Congo Basin, Tibet and southern India), sheep have the skinny little tails we're familiar with. However, in most of the Old World--the rest of Africa, all the Near East and Central Asia, northern India, Mongolia, most of China, even Madagascar--sheep tails look like beaver or kangaroo tails. These big tails store fat, and you might think them a natural adaptation to a harsh environment, like the camel's hump.
October 13, 2012 |
Fall is upon us, so brewers are making pumpkin ales. Boston Beer Co. has been offering one for a long time, Samuel Adams Harvest Ale, which is notable for using English hops and both caramel and smoked malts in the mash. And pumpkin, of course. Harvest Ale throws 17 pounds of pumpkin into each barrel. This year the brewery is trying out a version that punches up the pumpkin. Fat Jack uses 28 pounds per barrel (the pumpkin contributing a little sugar as well as its flavor). Batch No. 1 pours dark red amber, almost mahogany color, with a high yellowish tan head.
October 13, 2012 |
Dieters used to shun that little bowl of salted and mixed nuts at parties - too fattening, they'd say. But nuts have moved beyond the cocktail crowd. They're an economical source of protein being used in every course of the meal for all kinds of eaters: as flour for the gluten-averse, milk for the lactose-intolerant and even as a snack for people watching their fat intake. Only a few decades ago, many doctors and nutritionists warned that nuts should be eaten on special occasions and even then only sparingly.