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By Joyce Hendley and Joyce Hendley,Contributing Writer United Feature Syndicate | July 22, 1993
As a young man watches his slim fiancee approvingly from a distance, an old man shatters his reverie. "Better look now," he warns. "After the first kid, she's gonna blow up like a balloon."Thus did the 1989 movie "True Love" immortalize the stereotype that after marriage, and especially after having children, only women, not men, gain weight. But a new study suggests that exactly the opposite may be true: Marriage, pure and simple, causes men to put on weight.When researchers at Cornell University analyzed weight and marriage data from 3,025 men and women, they found that both married men and women tend to be heavier than their single counterparts.
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By Knight-Ridder | March 20, 1991
PHILADELPHIA -- Sylvia Seegrist goes to aerobics five times a week, takes physics and writing courses for college credit, works in the prison laundry and, according to her mother, is more stable than she's been for the last 15 years of her tortured life.The wild, dark eyes that glared out from the newspaper photos are no longer wild.And now, despite her psychotic rampage through the Springfield Mall with a $107 department-store rifle in October 1985 -- a rampage that killed two men and a 2-year-old child and wounded seven others -- and despite her sentence of three life terms in a state that doesn't parole lifers, Sylvia Seegrist hopes someday to be released.
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By Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe and Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 2, 1996
My 11-year-old son is always complaining his tummy hurts. Can a child his age have an ulcer?Ulcers are much rarer in children than in adults, but they do occur. An ulcer is a deep sore in the lining (called mucosa) of the stomach or upper intestine. The most common place for an ulcer is in the duodenum, the first segment of the intestine.Most children who get ulcers have some other chronic health problem that weakens the system or requires medicine that can promote the formation of ulcers as an unfortunate side effect.
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By Dr. Simeon Margolis and Dr. Simeon Margolis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 22, 1996
Are there any surgical treatments for obesity?Over the years a number of surgical procedures have been used to treat obesity either by restricting the intake of food or by reducing its absorption from the intestine.One of the simplest methods is to wire the jaws shut so that the diet is limited to liquids taken through a straw. Although this approach generally leads to weight loss (the author of this column managed to gain weight when his jaws were wired shut for a broken jaw), weight is usually regained as soon as the wires are removed.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer | November 6, 1994
When Kristy Matthai trots on the field for Westminster this week in the state field hockey tournament, it will be the continuation of a touching story of a driven teen-ager who has overcome a serious eating disorder to pursue a field hockey career.A little more than two years ago when it was discovered that Matthai had anorexia, she had to decide whether she wanted to remain painfully thin at 5 feet 6, 100 pounds or gain a mandated 15 pounds to play field hockey again.After many tears, battles with her parents, therapy, working with a nutritionist and doctor, and finally a threat from her mother (Linda)
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By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,SUN STAFF | December 31, 1996
Jakhaila Miracle Braxton is resting her 3-pound-something body on a tiny piece of sheepskin in an incubator at Mercy Hospital. Meant to be born in 1997, she's spending her first Christmas in the neonatal intensive care unit with 16 other preemies. Lying in their transparent isolettes, these infants appear as fragile, precious and untouchable as museum exhibits.Neptina Jones, 25, stares at Jakhaila longingly. Born seven weeks premature, Jakhaila is Jones's fourth child and first girl -- her miracle, she says.
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By Elsa Klensch and Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | July 24, 1997
My problem is my weight. All my working life, I have had two wardrobes -- one for when I gain weight and one for when I lose it. Now that I've turned 40, I decided to get rid of the skinny, form-fitting numbers that take up space in my closet.I want to buy clothes that are comfortable -- even if I gain 10 pounds. What should I look for that will still make me look modern?Mario Bandiera, managing director of Les Copains, says you are right to avoid form-fitting fashions and suggests you look for clothes with soft silhouettes in free-flowing fabrics, such as knits and soft cottons.
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By New York Times News Service | October 20, 1992
A North Dakota physiologist has found an unexpected reason why American women are unusually prone to osteoporosis, the bone disease: When they lose weight they also lose bone, even if they exercise regularly and consume adequate amounts of calcium while dieting.In a five-month study of 14 overweight women from 20 to 40 years old, Dr. Henry C. Lukaski found that the women, who lost an average of 18 pounds, also lost 2 to 3 percent of their bone mass.Mr. Lukaski said he was very surprised by the finding, since the weight-reduction program was designed to prevent bone loss.
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By Colleen Pierre, R.D. and Colleen Pierre, R.D.,Contributing Writer | September 28, 1993
It's hard to imagine, but some of you really want to gain weight. Surprisingly, it's tough to do. You may have a small appetite, or you may eat a lot and burn a lot.To gain 1/2 pound per week, you'll have to eat 500 calories more each day than you do now, and add a little exercise. The weight you gain will be either muscle or fat. For most very thin people, a little of each is just fine.To gain muscle, you'll need to exercise. But don't overdo it. About 30 minutes three times a week is enough for general conditioning.
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By Gailor Large and Gailor Large,Special to the Sun | June 10, 2005
What do I need to know before I start pool walking for exercise? I've always been a walker and figure I can intensify my walks and stay cool by adding a pool to the equation. Pool walking is an excellent, joint-friendly summer exercise. The impact is little to none, and the weight of the water adds resistance. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind before hitting the pool: Choose an empty lane -- or private pool, if you have access -- to avoid slowing traffic and getting splashed. Start in waist-deep water (the deeper the water, the harder you'll have to work)
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