Dear Mrs. Obama: How About Obesity in Older Women?

Dear Mrs. Obama: Congratulations on the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data that shows that obesity among preschoolers has plummeted 43 percent over the last decade. Certainly that was good news to coincide with the fourth anniversary of your Let’s Move! campaign to fight childhood obesity. As nice as that is, that’s not really why I’m writing you. I’m writing about the rest of that study, which included the less than stellar news about the obesity rate among …

Michelle Obama at 50: Botox and Other Real Issues

First Lady Michelle Obama, who once said she looks forward to being “this really fly 80-, 90-year-old,” turns 50 on Friday and is getting a lot of media attention because her new interview in People magazine leaves the door open to using Botox. Oh my! Like many Hollywood actresses of a certain age – and lots of us regular women, too – Obama said she’s not ruling out the use of such anti-aging treatments as Botox or fillers. (The F …

Did Eleanor Roosevelt Really Pack a Pistol at 72?

A just-published article on the news website Slate focuses on the little-known fact that Eleanor Roosevelt, who became famous and widely admired as an activist for causes such as integration and international human rights, possessed a handgun permit from New York state. The permit, issued to her in 1957, when she was 72, is part of an exhibit featuring the contents of Mrs. Roosevelt’s wallet, at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, N.Y. As detailed in the …