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November 6, 2006 | Susan Brink, Times Staff Writer
INCREASING numbers of teenage girls look to diet pills to lose weight, a new study has found. Conducted at the University of Minnesota and published last week in the journal Preventive Medicine, the study found that the use of diet pills almost doubled in a group of 2,500 female adolescents tracked for five years -- overall rates of pill use rising from 7.5% to 14%. By the time girls reached ages 19 to 20, nearly 20% reported using diet pills to lose weight.
July 24, 2006 | Sally Squires, Special to The Times
Some people thrive on making their weight-loss goals common knowledge. "They think it will help to keep them on the straight and narrow," says Dr. Arthur Frank, medical director of George Washington University's weight-management program. Take Kirstie Alley. Losing an impressive 71 pounds isn't enough for the actress: She recently announced she plans to shed 15 more pounds by November to wear a bikini on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
June 5, 2006 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
After failing to qualify for Saturday's scheduled lightweight title fight when he came in overweight Friday, Jose Luis Castillo now faces the scales of justice. Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, was expected to issue a complaint today or Tuesday against the former two-time World Boxing Council lightweight champion.
May 8, 2006 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante is hoping his considerable girth will give his campaign for state insurance commissioner a little weight. His recipe for winning: Shed pounds by racing around California collecting multicolored bibs in community 5Ks and post the results online. "I want to become an example to others to lead healthier lives by losing weight myself," Bustamante exhorted in his campaign statement in the information guide sent to voters for the June 6 primary.
April 23, 2006 | James Gilden, Special to The Times
About the only time I eat at McDonald's is when I travel. Usually my diet is pretty healthy, but give me a whiff of a Quarter Pounder with cheese in an airport terminal and I am like a lemming to a cliff. The reasons are more complex than you might imagine. As any business traveler knows, keeping a diet and exercise regimen while traveling is just plain tough.
March 13, 2006 | Sally Squires, Special to The Times
"Today" show weatherman Al Roker and singer Carnie Wilson are likely to have a lot more company in the once-exclusive ranks of those who undergo weight-loss surgery to treat obesity. But such surgery is not a cure for obesity. "It's a tool designed to help you help yourself, not a free ride," says surgeon Harvey Sugerman, past president of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery and professor emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University.
February 22, 2006 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
Medicare on Tuesday approved three types of stomach-shrinking surgery for obese patients who also have other serious health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. The move could open the way for increased coverage of the surgeries by private insurance companies, which have differed greatly in their policies. Neil Hutcher, president of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery and a surgeon in Richmond, Va.
February 20, 2006 | From Times wire reports
An anti-obesity drug that turns off the same brain circuits that trigger the marijuana-induced munchies appears to produce sustained weight loss among patients who took it in a two-year study. The report, in the Feb. 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Assn., also said the drug -- Sanofi-Aventis' Acomplia, or rimonabant -- needed more study for its long-term effects and said the research was limited by a high dropout rate.
January 30, 2006 | Sally Squires, Special to The Times
The prescription drug Orlistat, which has produced modest weight loss benefits in seriously overweight people, may soon be sold as an over-the-counter medicine. But it's not a quick fix for unwanted pounds. A drug advisory committee convened by the Food and Drug Administration has evaluated the latest research findings and recommended approval of the drug. Although the FDA still must approve the switch, the agency often follows the advice of its advisory committees.
January 2, 2006 | Sally Squires, Special to The Times
To maintain your weight as you enter the new year -- or any time -- slow down and savor your food. That's the message from a new study that suggests slow eaters are less likely to add weight than those who quickly gobble their meals. Researchers have long suspected that eating fast might play a role in weight gain. But few studies have systematically examined the effects of eating quickly in healthy adults, and those results were mixed.
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