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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.
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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
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."
SPORTS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
HEALTH
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.
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