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BUSINESS
June 17, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Wondering how much of a diet-buster that big bowl of noodles is? In the United States, some restaurants could give you a calorie count. In Japan, you might take a picture of it with your cellphone and ask an expert. With cellphones ubiquitous in Japan and concern rising over expanding waistlines, healthcare providers have put the two together to help the weight-conscious send photos of their meals to nutritionists for analysis.
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BUSINESS
June 15, 2007 | Alex Pham, Times Staff Writer
Jason McCabe Calacanis is a blogging maestro. About 10,000 people visit his website each day to read his new business ideas, musings on technology and potshots at rival entrepreneurs. Then he pulled an Oprah on his audience. In doing so, he became guru to a budding movement of "fatbloggers." Calacanis, 36, decided that he was fed up with being overweight.
HEALTH
February 19, 2007 | Elena Conis
In 2000, a 19-year-old girl was treated at a Barcelona hospital. Among a host of other symptoms, her appetite had become insatiable. She was eating as many as 6,000 calories a day and yet losing weight -- rapidly. Her secret? A not-so-little worm called Taenia solium. --- Rumors about the reputed weight-loss powers of tapeworms (T. solium, the pork tapeworm, is one of 40 that infect humans) have persisted for a century.
SCIENCE
February 8, 2007 | Denise Gellene and Shari Roan, Times Staff Writers
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first diet drug to be sold without a prescription. The drug is a lower-dose version of the prescription medicine Xenical and will become available to consumers this summer under the name alli. The pill will be marketed to people over 18 and will compete against nutritional supplements, which do not require FDA approval and the rigorous safety and efficacy testing that entails.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2007 | Irene Lacher, Special to The Times
IN his office at London's Covent Garden, Peter Mario Katona keeps a thick file of hate mail. The Royal Opera's director of casting even framed one particularly unquotable letter and hung it on his wall. His sin? Firing American soprano Deborah Voigt before she could sing her signature title role in Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos" in 2004. Her sin? She was too fat to fit into Ariadne's little black dress.
HEALTH
January 8, 2007 | Chris Woolston, Special to The Times
Please investigate hypnosis for weight loss. GWEN H. Compton --- The product: You're getting sleepy. Very sleepy. But are you also getting skinny? Hypnotherapists across the country are staking claim to the multibillion-dollar weight-loss industry. Through websites, newspaper classifieds, radio spots and local TV ads, they pitch waist-reducing therapy sessions and slimming CDs. Some even offer to hypnotize clients over the phone.
HEALTH
December 11, 2006 | Sally Squires, Special to The Times
Hunger pangs are hard to resist. So the recent findings that a little more lean protein at breakfast will last you until lunch could provide the boost to help you maintain your weight during the upcoming holidays and beyond. Of all the macronutrients that we eat, "protein blunts your hunger the most and is the most satiating," notes Wayne Campbell, who leads a team investigating protein at Purdue University's Campbell Laboratory for Integrative Research in Nutrition, Fitness and Aging.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Kirstie Alley -- who was once the "Fat Actress" -- donned a bikini to show off her new shape on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," fulfilling a pledge she made about a year ago. Winfrey said Alley, who is 5 feet, 8 inches, has lost 75 pounds, after hitting a high of 220 pounds. Her weight gain was documented in various unflattering paparazzo photos. To the sounds of the Commodores' "Brick House," Alley, 55, strutted onto the stage in a maroon bikini on Monday's show.
HEALTH
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.
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