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April 20, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
College football recruiters have their GPS devices powered on as they begin visiting high schools to evaluate players over the next month. Let me provide a few suggestions on players who have been overlooked so far. Maybe they don't fit a height-weight requirement. Maybe they were injured last season. Maybe they don't participate in seven-on-seven all-star passing tournaments. Maybe they play multiple sports. Whatever the reason for not receiving early buzz, these players will be standouts in the fall, and it's far more relevant how someone performs in a real game compared with how they look running around a red cone.
May 1, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Khloe Kardashian Odom isn't like her older sisters Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, and she's totally OK with that. The reality TV star and wife of L.A. Clippers forward Lamar Odom opened up to Cosmopolitan UK about all things Kardashian, including her being compared to her famous siblings, her weight and fertility issues, and how her business manager mom, Kris Jenner, has managed their family. The former "X Factor" host reveals how she's been affected by it all in and out of the spotlight.
April 20, 2014 | By Hugo Marti­n
If you thought airlines could find no new ways to squeeze more passengers into each plane, you are underestimating the resolve of the airline industry. At this month's Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, many of the 500 exhibitors were promoting new ideas to cut down on weight - to save fuel - and innovative layouts to fit more seats per cabin. Among the concepts offered at the expo was a set of seats that put passengers face to face; seats that are installed in a staggered, diagonal layout, and lavatories designed to wedge in a few extra passengers in the back of the cabin.
January 21, 1989
I teach dance to children who have been abused and neglected. They have a very low self-image. Many are anorexic or bulimic. I wish to comment on Lewis Segal's Jan. 9 review, "Nureyev and Friends in Pasadena." I agree with Segal that Nureyev is dancing on his past glories. But I question why he must comment on Lynn Seymour's weight? Her weight, in this case, had little to do with the quality of her performance. We have great dancers who still dance well into their 40s. I believe that there is room for the Lynn Seymours to be accepted as they are, as long as they keep their technical ability and presentation up to professional standards.
August 2, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Measuring accurately can make or break a recipe, especially when it comes to baking. When you need to rely on precise measurements, nothing beats a scale. Especially when it comes to flour. Flour amounts can vary dramatically by volume depending on how you measure each cup: whether you scoop and level, lightly spoon, or sift it into the dry measure. Even using the same method, weight can vary from cup to cup. We ran an experiment in the Test Kitchen three years ago where everyone measured a cup of flour by lightly spooning it into the dry measure.
July 26, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Children who are born at a very low birth weight typically have more chronic health problems than normal birth weight children. While those issues don't appear to get worse as they become teenagers, a study finds, they may be at higher risk for obesity. The study, released Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. , focused on 181 extremely low birth weight children (whose weight at birth was less than 2.2 pounds on average) and 115 normal birth weight children born between 1992 and 1995.
July 17, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
The flowing robes and abayas shrouding the people of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates can't hide the truth of a federation-wide weight problem. So the city of Dubai, famous for its opulent shopping centers and towering skyscrapers in the desert, on Friday will launch a public drive to get UAE residents on a diet, the Emirates24/7 website reports. The “Worth Your Weight in Gold” program will pay those who shed at least 2 kilograms in the next month - 4.4 pounds - the equivalent of $45 per kilo and give the top weight-losers a shot at a $5,000-plus jackpot.
August 15, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Kim Kardashian may have had a fabulous body already, but her appearance in a floor-length white dress at the Do Something Awards had celeb bloggers taking note of the reality-TV starlet's slimmer silhouette. Turns out the soon-to-be Mrs. Kris Humphries, whose Vera Wang gown earned compliments from Tyra Banks, might be just as concerned about fitting into her dress as the next bride. Kardashian has reportedly enlisted the aid of two star trainers and cut fat and sugar from her diet.
November 12, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
A high-fat, high-sugar diet does more than pump calories into your body. It also alters the composition of bacteria in your intestines, making it easier to gain weight and harder to lose it, research in mice suggests. And the changeover can happen in as little as 24 hours, according to a report Wednesday in the new journal Science Translational Medicine. Many factors play a role in the propensity to gain weight, including genetics, physical activity and the environment, as well as food choices.
April 11, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
I've been a runner for more than 30 years, but I'm something of a serial monogamist when it comes to fitness classes. (At the moment, I'm hooked on Ken Tietjen's classes at my neighborhood Pilates studio, Whole Body Fitness.) But I know what it's like to be on the prowl for a new class. So we're going to do some of the work for you. Each week, we'll try a new class and let you know what it's like. And, please, let me know if you have suggestions by email or on Twitter ( @mmacvean )
April 5, 2014 | Lily Dayton
Each time health psychologist Kelly McGonigal teaches her Science of Willpower class, she asks students to select a willpower challenge to focus on during the 10-week course. Though students' goals are diverse -- kicking nicotine or getting out of debt, controlling their temper or overcoming alcohol abuse -- there is one goal that is most common among the 200 or 300 students who pack the lecture hall seeking life change: They want to lose weight. "It's important to understand that everyone is struggling with something," says McGonigal, whose experience in the Stanford University course inspired her to write "The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It. " Beliefs about the role of willpower in weight loss have changed through the decades.
April 4, 2014 | By Lily Dayton
Picture potato chips or chocolate - or any food you feel you can't resist. Chances are, your brain associates this food with a promise of happiness, says Kelly McGonigal, psychology instructor at Stanford University. But foods we have little control around act like the elusive carrot on a stick: The more we eat, the more we want. We never feel we have enough because the promise of reward is always in front of us - if only we eat one more, then another, and soon we're left with crumbs at the bottom of the bag. Yet the longing remains.
March 21, 2014 | By James S. Fell
In regard to weight, Jennifer Hudson's biggest concern these days might be finding a shelf sturdy enough to bear the weight of her numerous awards. Her Oscar and Grammy wins represent but a small portion of the recognition she has received. But body weight has been a concern for her in the past. And it was Weight Watchers, for which she appears in ads, and developing a sense of play about physical activity that helped her lose 80 pounds and keep it off. Were you heavy as a child, or did the weight come on later?
March 9, 2014 | By Richie Duchon
Authorities are trying to determine what caused an auditorium stage to collapse during a performance at Servite High School in Anaheim on Saturday night, injuring about two dozen students. Officials said most of the injuries were "minor to moderate," though some students suffered broken bones. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the students and their families," Servite High School said in a statement Sunday. About 250 girls from Rosary High School, Servite's sister Catholic school, were on the stage when it collapsed, Anaheim Police Department spokesman Lt. Tim Schmidt said.
March 9, 2014 | By Richie Duchon, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Authorities were trying to determine whether excessive weight was to blame for the collapse of a stage during a performance at Servite High School in Anaheim on Saturday night, injuring about two dozen students. About 250 girls from Rosary High School, Servite's sister Catholic school, were on the stage when it collapsed, Anaheim Police Department spokesman Lt. Tim Schmidt told The Times. "Early investigations suggest the front of the stage gave out due to weight," Schmidt said.
February 18, 2011 | Jimmy Orr, Los Angeles Times
The following is a blog documenting two Los Angeles Times editors' attempts to lose weight. It all began on Jan. 10 . My weight-loss partner, Tony, is turning into Elvis Presley. Well, he's going to Vegas.  And he'll probably have a few dozen grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches. You can see it a mile away.  He just quit something called the Cookie Diet (after being on it for about 10 days), ate an entire box of chocolates yesterday and is now heading to Las Vegas for a long weekend.
June 13, 2013 | By Emily Alpert, Los Angeles Times
Bryan Piperno was just 9 years old when he began keeping his secret. The Simi Valley youngster tossed out lunches or claimed he ate elsewhere. As he grew older, he started purging after eating. Even after his vomiting landed him in the emergency room during college, he lied to hide the truth. Piperno, now 25, slowly fended off his eating disorder with time and care, including a stay in a residential treatment facility. But surveys show a rising number of teenage boys in Los Angeles now struggle with similar problems.
March 8, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
They both finally got an extended taste of playing time Thursday night, Danny Granger and Glen Davis showing why the Clippers acquired both free-agent forwards. But Granger and Davis also showed they still are rounding into shape. "They both looked good," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said about the two playing against the Lakers. "Baby's (Davis) lungs exploded at some point so we had to take him out. "Danny, he played really well in the first half. It's just going to be a rhythm thing for him. It's going to take a while.
March 5, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic TchaikovskyFest - 15 all-Tchaikovsky concerts in 11 days featuring the L.A. Philharmonic, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and YOLA (Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles) - ended with a sensational performance of the "1812 Overture. " A humongous orchestra made up of 159 members of the L.A. Phil and Bolívars playing side by side crowded the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage Sunday. Every note sounded rapt. For the famous celebratory finish, bells pealed gloriously; timpani and bass drums were whacked as though they needed their living daylights beaten out of them and trumpets stationed in the organ loft blazed in golden sonic glory.
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