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April 11, 1985 |
A Van Nuys company that sells pills that it claims make dieters "dream away" unwanted pounds while sleeping agreed Wednesday to halt sales in California and pay a $162,500 penalty to settle a false advertising suit filed by Ventura County. In a consent decree in which they admitted no wrongdoing, officials of the Nutri-Marketing Co. promised not to sell or advertise their product in California.
August 30, 2010 |
Searching for a shortcut to weight loss? If so, you're part of a long tradition. For at least 100 years, people have been wearing full-body rubber suits in hopes of melting away pounds. The idea is simple: Heat up your body, and you'll supposedly burn fat. In these ab-conscious times, perhaps it's only natural that you can now buy weight-loss wraps specifically for your midsection. The best-known option is the Belly Burner, a snug neoprene band invented by celebrity trainer Bobby Waldron.
February 8, 2010
As people gain weight, their blood pressure tends to go up. Fortunately, as they lose weight, their blood pressure tends to go down -- but only so far, says Dr. Karol Watson, co-director of preventive cardiology and director of the hypertension clinic at UCLA. "If your body weight is normal, getting below doesn't help," she says. Even modest weight loss (say, 5% to 10% of your current heft) is effective at lowering blood pressure for those who have high blood pressure or prehypertension.
October 9, 2010
The country is down to onededicated, prescription obesity medication -- the not-too-pleasantXenical -- since Friday's announcement that Meridiawill be removed from the market due to an increased risk ofheart problems among people with cardiovascular disease. But, notto fear, the major gathering of experts on obesity are gatheringSaturday through Tuesday in San Diego for the Obesity 2010 meeting . Theschedule looks packed with promising ideas aimed at reducing thegirth of Americans although, I must say, I don't see any easyfixes.
September 28, 2009 |
As a nation, we are obviously getting fatter and fatter. Not only are we ever more confused about how to lose weight, we're particularly fuzzy on the question of how big a role exercise plays and whether we just have to count calories. So, here's the deal. Yes, you can count calories or weigh yourself every day. If your weight is up today compared with yesterday, you ate more calories than you burned. If it's less, you burned more than you ate -- provided you didn't drink gallons of liquid the day before, which could throw the scale off. It comes down to simple arithmetic, and you've heard it before: Calories in, calories out. You will absolutely, inevitably, sadly, this-could-not-be-clearer gain weight if you eat more calories than you expend in basic metabolism -- breathing, digesting, sleeping, etc. -- plus whatever else you do, such as chasing the kids, walking, vacuuming or going to the gym. But most of us can't, or won't, do the math, probably because it's so depressing.
August 12, 2010
An account of the failed investigational weight-loss drug rimonabant, published Thursday, suggests that it may be even harder in the future to bring new prescription diet drugs to the market. The drug, rimonabant, was in a large, multinational late-stage clinical trial when the study was abruptly halted in 2008 because of reports of psychiatric side effects, including some suicides and suicide attempts in people taking rimonabant as either part of the clinical trial or by prescription in countries where the drug had already been approved for marketing.