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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.
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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
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.
HEALTH
October 30, 2006 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
The nation's soaring obesity rates won't fall until Americans stop placing their faith in unproven and possibly fraudulent weight-loss products and treatments. That's the message from some of the nation's top obesity experts, commenting on new data about Americans' continued, naive hope for the quick fix. Part of the problem, they say, is consumers' misconceptions about safety laws.
HEALTH
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2006 | Beth Gardiner, Associated Press
An American soprano fired by the Royal Opera House because of her weight has been rehired after undergoing stomach surgery and losing 135 pounds, her spokeswoman and the prestigious theater said Sunday. Deborah Voigt, one of the world's top opera singers, lost her part in Richard Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos" in 2004 because the Royal Opera House decided a slimmer singer would be better.
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