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December 27, 2004 | Linda Marsa, Special to The Times
Trying to eat sensibly and not stuff ourselves is hard enough at any time of year. Trying to eat small portions from a holiday smorgasbord can be almost impossible. Now, just in time to curb our holiday overindulgences, a dental device has been found to help people shed unwanted pounds by forcing them to eat less. The appliance is inserted in the roof of the mouth, making the mouth cavity smaller so that wearers take tinier bites and eat more slowly.
November 22, 2004 | Jeannine Stein, Times Staff Writer
It's no secret that exercising regularly and eating right are the keys to staying fit, but people may find better results when they're given a little help along the way. Among the more promising forms of help are two new intervention programs, one targeted to elementary school children, the other to college freshmen. Results of studies examining the programs were among the findings presented last week at a Las Vegas conference cosponsored by the North American Assn.
October 21, 2004 | Lisa Rosen, Special to The Times
Christian Bale is known for making bold acting choices in movies such as "Empire of the Sun" and "American Psycho," but his latest move takes the cake -- or leaves it, rather. He lost 63 pounds, or about one-third of his body mass, for the role of Trevor Reznik in "The Machinist." Though Bale is the latest in a long line of actors who have starved or binged their way to a role, he was surprised by how thoroughly his ensuing physical and mental state informed his performance.
July 23, 2004 | Rosie Mestel, Times Staff Writer
In the midst of the federally declared obesity epidemic, Paul Campos is savoring a plate of seared ahi tuna in ginger-garlic marinade, a neat mound of white rice and a bed of gently sauteed spinach accompanied by sourdough bread and real butter. He looks slim enough -- but is quick to point out that at 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, he is officially "overweight" according to the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization and a slew of scientists and doctors. Does he care? Not a bit.
June 14, 2004 | Jane E. Allen
Although weight loss appears to have little effect on asthma itself, dropping excess pounds still makes breathing easier and helps asthmatics exercise more. In studying the effects of weight loss on the lungs of 58 obese women enrolled in a six-month diet and exercise program, researchers at the Ottawa Hospital in Ontario, Canada, found that weight loss improved everyone's lung capacity but didn't change the underlying inflammation in the 24 women with the condition. Lead researcher Dr. Shawn D.
June 7, 2004 | Jeannine Stein, Times Staff Writer
It's there, looming six weeks in the future: a summer vacation where bathing suits and shorts are mandatory attire. But the thought of squeezing into either sends you into a cold panic. Those 20 extra pounds that have been hanging on for dear life need to go. Can you lose them in a few short weeks without resorting to unsafe crash diets or questionable supplements? Yes, if you have a will of steel to stick to a strict workout program and a sensible diet for several weeks.
November 10, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The first head-to-head trial of four popular diet plans -- Atkins, Dean Ornish, Weight Watchers and the Zone -- has found that people who stick with any of them for a year lose about 5% of their body weight, fewer pounds than most dieters hope for, and at least a third drop out before the year is up. Researchers announced the results at the American Heart Assn.'s annual meeting in Orlando.
November 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Brigham and Women's Hospital has stopped performing a type of stomach-stapling surgery after a staple gun apparently misfired during an operation and the patient died, officials said. Chief medical officer Andy Whittemore said the hospital is reviewing all factors that may have contributed to the death of Ann Marie Simonelli, including the staple gun. Simonelli, 38, died at the hospital Oct.
September 6, 2003 | From Reuters
A protein found naturally in the body could bring scientists a step closer to developing a natural and effective diet pill, according to a new British study. Volunteers injected with the protein PYY two hours before mealtime consumed 30% fewer calories when they sat down to eat, without experiencing any difference in the taste of the food or other apparent side effects.
July 17, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
AND FINALLY ... New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler will have a second round of stomach-reduction surgery to speed up his weight loss. The Democrat, who at 5 feet 4 inches once weighed 338 pounds, underwent the first procedure almost a year ago and has since shed about 75 pounds. From Times Wire Reports
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