obesity

The Best Looking (Nude) Golfer in America

Posted on 07/11/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthLooking every inch a champion, the great South African golfer Gary Player is in the news, as ESPN The Magazine releases photos from its upcoming “Body Issue.” The magazine will have eight different covers on news stands; the 77-year-old Player graces one of them, a pair of golf clubs his lone accessory. Why is Player posing? “My big dream now is to help people become healthy,” he tells ESPN. “Obesity, as far as I’m concerned, is the greatest problem facing the …

If You’re Fat, Does It Mean You’re Ill? (Yes, Says AMA)

Posted on 06/21/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOne in three American adults is obese, and the American Medical Association (AMA) believes the medical community needs to do more to help fight this problem. Th AMA’s solution is to declare obesity a disease. The nation’s largest physician organization said this week that “recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue.” It could have a greater impact on how insurance companies deal with the problem and what additional treatments they …

Why Lost Pounds Return and Bring Friends

Posted on 06/14/2013 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthAn acquaintance once said that she had lost over 200 pounds. Looking at her girth, I confess that I doubted the claim until she quickly added, “Of course, it’s the same 20 pounds 10 times.” Given the single-minded focus required to lose weight, why do so many of us (an estimated percent) regain the pounds we lost—and even add a few more? How maddening is that? Researchers are starting to explain this common experience, and their insights are both encouraging …

‘Big Brother’ Is One Fat, Juicy Novel

Posted on 06/13/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentYou haven’t seen your beloved older brother in years. Then he shows up at the airport, weighing hundreds of pounds more than the last time you saw him. That’s the premise of Lionel Shriver’s new novel, Big Brother. A touchy topic for our ever-widening times? Oh yeah — and meant to be. “We’ve lost our innocence about food,” the fit-looking Shriver told me over tea and biscotti at Washington’s Dupont Circle Hotel on June 11. “What we use food for …

Christie’s Weight-Loss Plan: Will a Lap-Band Work?

Posted on 05/9/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthNew Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie, notorious for both his blunt comments and hefty weight, said this week that turning 50 was a wake-up call for him and the reason he opted for surgery to try and slim down. He said it was his desire to stay healthy for his four kids — not plans for a future presidential campaign –that made him decide to undergo gastric-band surgery in February, he told the New York Post. This is his latest strategy …

The 9 Unhealthiest Restaurant Meals Are …

Posted on 01/22/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA Cheesecake Factory chicken entrée that contains as many calories as a 12-piece bucket of KFC fried chicken. A Johnny Rockets’ bacon- cheddar double burger, fries and 1,140-calorie milk shake blended with an entire piece of apple pie. An Uno Chicago Grill deep-dish macaroni with three cheeses that’s equivalent to eating a family-size box of Stouffer’s Macaroni & Cheese — with half a stick of butter melted on top. These are among the nine Xtreme Eating “dis-honorees” on the annual …