December 25, 1991 |
Walter Hudson, who made headlines by slimming down from 1,200 pounds to 520 and leaving his home for the first time in 18 years, died of a heart attack Tuesday. He was 46 and weighed 600 pounds. Hudson had suffered from the flu for three days, said Lottie Whitehead, a niece who lived with him. He hadn't left his suburban New York City home in more than a year, she said. His body remained there Tuesday night because it would not fit through the front door, Whitehead said.
June 19, 2008 |
Gastric bypass surgery -- a treatment for obesity that is already known to reduce heart disease and diabetes -- decreases the incidence of cancer by 80% over the five years following the procedure, Canadian researchers reported Wednesday. The incidence of two of the most common tumors, breast and colon, was reduced by 85% and 70%, respectively, Dr. Nicolas Christou of McGill University in Montreal said.
June 18, 2013 |
Is smoking a disease? Few of us would think so. It's a terribly unhealthful habit that can cause various fatal and chronic diseases, but it is not an illness unto itself. There are smokers who remain disease-free. So it's hard for me to jump on board with the American Medical Assn.'s decision Tuesday to recognize obesity as a disease. That recognition has no official meaning; it is relevant only to the AMA. But as problematic as obesity is for our society, and as closely linked as it is to serious illnesses, there are obese people who have no apparent health problems.
June 30, 2012
Re "Federal panel urges counseling for obese adults," June 26 There is no denying that we have a major problem with obesity in this country. But there remains a stubborn denial that the cure lies largely with patients and not more government regulation. In dentistry we share with our patients a very simple equation: Too many sugary foods and a lack of good oral hygiene equal cavities and gum disease. It is really that simple for 90% of our patients; taking personal responsibility for good eating habits and reasonably good oral hygiene solves most dental problems.
December 2, 2012
Re "Keep the state off my plate," Opinion, Nov. 29 Out of all potential Op-Ed pieces, why The Times chose to public Julie Gunlock's piece is puzzling. Her contention is that the government is telling us what to eat. Been there, heard that. Gunlock need only review the work of Robert Lustig at UC San Francisco to realize that sugar, like alcohol and tobacco, has made us sick. The data do not lie. Although Gunlock is all for healthy choices, the majority of Americans are not. Government intervention is but one piece of the puzzle.
September 17, 2007
Today, professors Kelly D. Brownell and Paul F. Campos attempt to define the parameters and significance of our modern fatness. Later in the week, they'll debate policy prescriptions, cultural issues and more. Two-thirds are overweight, and we're still debating? By Kelly D. Brownell Paul, The prevalence of obesity has increased in every corner of the world. Fully two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, and rates in children have more than tripled in the last 30 years.