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August 26, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Weight loss is a complex thing. In fact, the old rule that cutting out or burning 500 calories a day will result in a steady, 1-pound-per-week weight loss doesn't reflect real people, researchers say. A new mathematical model from researchers at the National Institutes of Health instead shows that for the typical overweight adult, every 10-calorie-per-day reduction will result in the loss of about 1 pound over three years. Half that loss will occur in the first year. For example, cutting 250 calories a day from one's diet will lead to a 25-pound weight loss over three years.
December 19, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
After long days discussing America's obesity problem, Melinda Sothern has had enough of windowless conference rooms. "I need to exercise," she says, pausing to review her plans in the San Diego Convention Center lobby. She plans to rent a bicycle in Coronado and ride, fast and far. Sothern, 55, is a woman who practices what she preaches. And one of her messages about obesity is aimed at women like herself: mothers. Fat mothers. Thin mothers. And especially mothers-to-be.
June 6, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney Co., acknowledging the powerful role that television can play in influencing children's behavior, announced that it has instituted a junk-food advertising ban on programs for kids. Along with its current healthful-foods initiative in its theme parks, Disney will begin imposing strict new standards for food and beverage advertising on its boy-centric network Disney XD, during Saturday morning shows on Disney-owned ABC television stations, on Radio Disney and online. Disney Channel and Disney Junior, which are not ad-supported but receive brand sponsorships, also would be covered under the nutrition guidelines.
December 8, 2010 | By David Gratzer
Call it the McVictim syndrome. Too many pundits, public health experts and politicians are working overtime to find scapegoats for America's obesity epidemic. In his latest book, former FDA Commissioner David A. Kessler argues that modern food is addictive. In it, he recounts how he was once helpless to stop himself from eating a cookie. In a paper in this month's Journal of Health Economics, University of Illinois researchers join a long list of analysts who blame urban sprawl for obesity.
October 14, 2011 | By Mindy Farabee
For this sequel to 2007's far-roaming critique of the beauty industry, "America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments" filmmaker Darryl Roberts narrowed his focus — a bit. The result is a mixed bag of a film that scores not when rehashing our national obsession with dieting but when it challenges the underpinnings of a national obesity epidemic. Loosely structured around Roberts' quest to get healthier through diet and exercise instead of prescription drugs, the film raises serious questions about undue influence — Big Pharma and medical professionals, the dieting industry and government health standards.
December 1, 2002 | Matt Crenson, Associated Press Writer
All Kelly Brownell wants is a breakfast that won't kill him. In this diner on the outskirts of New Haven that requires some difficult negotiations. He has just ordered a bowl of oatmeal, with skim milk. Now he asks the waitress: "Do you have any fresh fruit? Cut up bananas or something? Fruit salad, maybe?" No, no and no. "The closest thing we have is blueberry pie filling," the waitress tells him apologetically. "You know, in a can."
February 25, 2011 | David Lazarus
Let's call it what it is: a sin tax. A California lawmaker is targeting the obesity epidemic with a tax that would slap a penny-an-ounce levy on drinks sweetened with sugar or corn syrup. The food industry, not surprisingly, has squared off against the idea, arguing that the tax bill is a punitive assault on personal choice. "The government doesn't have the right to social engineer," said J. Justin Wilson, senior research analyst at the industry-backed Center for Consumer Freedom.
May 25, 2013 | By Karen Ravn
"Prolonged sitting is not what nature intended for us," says Dr. Camelia Davtyan, clinical professor of medicine and director of women's health at the UCLA Comprehensive Health Program. "The chair is out to kill us," says James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. Most of us have years of sitting experience, consider ourselves quite good at it and would swear that nature intended us to do it as much as possible. PHOTOS: 17 ways to fight the inertia, step by step But unfortunately, a good deal of data suggest that we're off our rockers to spend so much time on our rockers - as well as the vast variety of other seats where we're fond of parking our duffs.
October 4, 2009
Re: David Lazarus' consumer column "Turning a deaf ear to ad blitz for corn syrup," Sept. 27: If the government stopped subsidizing the surplus production of corn and put a prohibitive tariff on the importation of corn syrup, it would cease to be a cheap (a.k.a. taxpayer-subsidized) option. Or what about the proposed junk food tax? Wouldn't such actions go a long way toward curbing the obesity epidemic and reducing the healthcare emergency in this country? Jasper Posner Los Angeles
November 25, 2012 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
If I gain a few pounds this holiday season, I'm going to blame the anti-obesity program at my children's school. Does that sound like the worst dieting excuse ever? I submit that such (deep fried) pretzel logic comes with being a parent in the Los Angeles Unified School District. My children attend a Spanish immersion program in Highland Park. It's a good school, with caring teachers and a committed principal. But like a lot of campuses in Los Angeles, Aldama Elementary has paved blacktop instead of a grassy playing field.
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