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January 5, 1998
When I was a senior in high school, I was at my highest weight ever--221 pounds. I attended my senior prom in 1990 wearing a size 18 dress. Then, that fall, I entered my first semester of college and contracted mononucleosis. Because of being sick for a month, I lost 20 pounds. I discovered I liked the way I looked and felt. I decided I was going to try to lose more weight the correct way. A friend in one of my classes led me to Overeaters Anonymous.
November 30, 1998 | CYNTHIA A. PAGELER
My story begins a few years ago when I was diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. Following my surgery and chemotherapy treatments, I found that I had gained a significant amount of weight, reaching my all-time high of 182 pounds. I was wearing size 16. Although being glad to have the treatment behind me, I was unhappy with my appearance and found that the surgery had limited the mobility in one of my arms. I even had trouble tucking in a blouse.
November 16, 1998 | JUNE P. GOMEZ JR.
I began to keep myself in shape when I was in college. I played basketball with friends, spent hours briskly walking around the campus and enrolled in a weightlifting class. I tried to be conscious of what I ate and was successful in doing away with snacks in between meals. But all my efforts went down the drain. I slowly gained weight at the start of my sophomore year when I started to drink beer almost every night. Beer for me then was a very effective appetizer.
November 9, 1998 | FRED RUBIN
The one Hollywood expose that's never been written is a behind-the-scenes story on the overeating that goes on in the entertainment industry. Every sound stage has a banquet table laden with tempting snacks and treats. Every reading begins with a complimentary bagel and cream cheese, and no rehearsal would be complete without several trips to the candy bowl. Writers work late with meals ordered in from some of the finest restaurants in L.A.
August 10, 1998 | ERIC CHRISTIANSON
My weight loss began in the fall semester of my second year of college when I lived in the dorms. I had been overweight since the seventh grade. Since I'd lived with it for such a significant portion of my life, I never really considered myself heavy. I have always been very outgoing and friendly, so no one ever made comments about my being fat. If it had not been for my friend Lisa, I probably never would have taken off the weight. I met Lisa my freshman year and instantly respected her.
January 5, 2004 | Jane E. Allen, Times Staff Writer
With those New Year's diet and exercise resolutions fresh in your mind, it might be important to know that it's a myth that people who work out eat better. In a 16-month federally funded study, researchers from the University of Kansas and University of Colorado put to the test the popular notion that people improve their eating habits when they exercise. They recruited 74 overweight to moderately obese people ages 17 to 35 who were sedentary, otherwise healthy and didn't smoke.
November 26, 1990 | From United Press International
Two Plead Guilty in Diet Scam: Two men pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to sell unregistered securities in a multimillion-dollar scheme in which companies invested millions of dollars in a bogus "transdermal appetite suppressant" resembling seasickness patches worn behind the ear. Jonathan D. Sterns and Mark A. Sterns admitted their complicity in the scam allegedly masterminded by their uncle, Orange County businessman David D. Sterns.
April 20, 1998 | CHARLIE YANG
During my teenage years, my classmates called me "the fat boy." The name did not bother me, because I was good at sports and martial arts despite my weight. As I grew older, I became heavier. Then, when I was 30, I learned to play tennis. I developed such a passion for it that I played three or four hours a day, three or four days a week, for months. I lost about 30 pounds. But I never changed my eating habits. I loved red meat and pork with a lot of fat, and always in big quantities.
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