May 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who recently described himself as “the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen,” revealed Tuesday that he's taken a major step toward slimming down. The Republican told the New York Post that he underwent lap-band stomach surgery over the Presidents Day holiday -- auspicious timing given that news of the procedure is seen as the latest indication that he's eyeing a White House run in 2016. Christie, however, denied that the procedure had any political implications, saying the decision was made after pleas from his family to shape up after a milestone birthday.
April 28, 2013
Re "What we should learn from the 1-800-GET-THIN saga," Column, April 21 Readers should not be left with the impression that patients who underwent weight-loss surgery after seeing an advertisement on a billboard were unaware of the risks. Those billboard advertisements stated that they accepted most PPO insurance. All PPOs have criteria for approving weight loss. At a minimum, they include: - A body mass index greater than 40, or a BMI of 35 in conjunction with severe co-morbidities.
April 23, 2013 |
Chaz Bono is down 60 pounds in five months, and credits the weight loss to changing the way he eats. The "Dancing With the Stars" alum, who says he's "still slowly losing" and hopes to bring his total weight loss to 80 pounds off a high of 250, spoke with People at the GLAAD Media Awards over the weekend. "Diets don't work," said Bono, who relied on a delivered-meal plan for the first part of his weight loss. "You just have to change what you eat, and I have. " The 5-foot, 5½-inch 44-year-old - now cooking on his own, "lots of stuff," he said - dines on meats, veggies and fruit while avoiding starches and grains.
April 8, 2013 |
Trisha Yearwood presented an award as well as her newly trimmed body at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards, y'all. The Grammy winner and wife of singer Garth Brooks has been making headlines with her Food Network show "Trisha's Southern Kitchen" and bestselling cook books, but her slimmed-down physique and moderation diet are putting her front and center once again. "Trisha has always been a successful, shapely bombshell. Recently she has taken her fitness routine to a new level," her spokesperson told E!
April 1, 2013 |
If we've learned anything from March Madness, it's that an office pool is fun: It not only holds out the promise of a financial windfall; it pits us against our co-workers in vying for the payoff. So when it comes to tackling obesity, could the same combination of inducements work to trim workforce fat? A new study , published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, says it can. At Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 105 employees who were obese (having a body-mass index between 30 and 40)
March 27, 2013 |
In the latest of a slew of studies examining the role of the so-called microbiome -- the mix of microscopic critters that colonize our bodies and our environment -- in human health, Harvard researchers said Wednesday that part of the reason that Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery works so well in helping people lose weight is because it causes changes in the mix of bacteria in our bellies. The discovery suggests that doctors might someday be able to mimic the microbial effects of weight-loss surgery without putting patients under the knife, said Dr. Lee Kaplan, director of the Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital and co-senior author of a report detailing the research in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
March 27, 2013 |
Weight-loss programs at work can help people shave pounds and keep them off, researchers said in a new report. Among the people who signed up for a six-month program at two Boston-area workplaces, the average weight loss was more than 17 pounds; among the control group, people gained an average of about 2 pounds, the researchers said in the April issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. "Worksites have the potential to become a central element in national efforts to reduce obesity because the majority of adults work and worksites offer naturally occurring social groups that, in theory, could facilitate weight control, the researchers from Tufts University and Massachusetts General Hospital wrote.
March 20, 2013 |
Mathematician Tim Chartier has the best job on Earth once a year: when the NCAA men's basketball tournament begins, so does March Mathness. His telephone rings, he's on the radio, he's talking to ESPN, and for once he can explain what exactly he does for a living at North Carolina's Davidson College. “For the first time in my life I can talk about what I'm doing, on a higher level, and people understand,” Chartier said. What Chartier does is use complex math to win the Final Four pool on a regular basis.
March 20, 2013 |
Employees at one of the nation's largest drugstore chains must disclose personal health information -- including their weight -- or pay a $600-a-year fine, according to a published report. CVS Caremark Corp. is requiring workers to reveal the information to their company's insurance carrier or pay an extra $50 a month for health coverage, according to the Boston Herald. CVS could not immediately be reached for comment. But a spokesman told the newspaper that “our benefits program is evolving to help our colleagues take more responsibility for improving their health and managing health-associated costs.” Employees must reveal their weight, height, body fat and blood pressure, the paper reported.