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By Andrea K. Walker | November 6, 2012
Drop a few pounds and it will lead to a good night's sleep, new Johns Hopkins research has found. As the body loses fat, particularly belly fat, people are able to sleep better, Hopkins doctors found when following 77 people over six months. The improvement in sleep quality was experienced by both those who lost weight through diet as well as those who combined a healthy diet with exercise. Study participants had type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes and were all overweight or obese.
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NEWS
February 25, 2014
Unfortunately, not everyone lives in a friendly and honest neighborhood. I have lived in Columbia, Ellicott City, Catonsville, Arbutus and Westminster, and I would never frown upon people who shoveled the snow in their parking space and marked it ( "The chair in the parking space: A symbol of incivility," Feb. 19). They took the time to come outside during the night and early morning hours to make sure they could get out to go to work and come home the spot they had cleared. Growing up in Columbia, my parents would stay up until all hours of the night to help shovel snow and bring hot coffee to the workers.
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NEWS
June 23, 2013
Good luck to Jessica Weiderholdt in keeping her 70 pounds off ("Teacher adopts new diet, lifestyle," June 20). However, the article looks like an advertisement for Beachbody exercise and Shakeology drinks. The American Medical Association has agreed that obesity is a disease. I have told patients about it for 20 years. I rode my bike to work for four years before deciding that running there was better. I'm proud of so many patients who have discovered cheaper exercise regimes and fruit and vegetables.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | February 19, 2014
Patients who feel their doctors judge them about their size have a harder time losing weight, Johns Hopkins researchers have found. “Negative encounters can prompt a weight loss attempt, but our study shows they do not translate into success,” study leader Dr. Kimberly A. Gudzune, an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said in a statement. “Ideally, we need to talk about weight loss without making patients feel they are being judged.
NEWS
February 24, 2010
Yes, women do need more healthy role models for body image, but why should we even be comparing the scale numbers anyway ("Real athletes, real bodies," Feb. 21)? What good does it do to know an athlete's weight, when clearly that weight is significantly increased by hard-earned lean muscle, not by the higher body fat percentages that raise the average American woman's weight? A pound and a pound are not always equal. To say that an Olympic athlete, who is the epitome of strength and health, weighs the same as the average American female (who is most likely shorter, much less muscular, and by far less active)
NEWS
February 25, 2014
Unfortunately, not everyone lives in a friendly and honest neighborhood. I have lived in Columbia, Ellicott City, Catonsville, Arbutus and Westminster, and I would never frown upon people who shoveled the snow in their parking space and marked it ( "The chair in the parking space: A symbol of incivility," Feb. 19). They took the time to come outside during the night and early morning hours to make sure they could get out to go to work and come home the spot they had cleared. Growing up in Columbia, my parents would stay up until all hours of the night to help shovel snow and bring hot coffee to the workers.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck | July 6, 2010
It seems like a very long time ago that the Orioles announced the deal to acquire Kevin Millwood from the Texas Rangers and conducted a conference call to introduce the veteran right-hander to the local media, but one thing about that evening still stands out. Millwood didn't sound too thrilled to be coming to Baltimore. It became obvious when he got to spring training that he's just a very low-key guy, so maybe we all just assumed too much about his lack of enthusiasm during that call and ensuing interviews, or maybe he saw all this coming.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2012
Brian Matusz arrived at Orioles spring training this week looking for a fresh start, hoping that an offseason dedicated to putting the memories of a nightmarish 2011 season behind him would begin to pay off. For Matusz, who at this time last season was projected to be the front-line left-hander in the Orioles' starting rotation, Sarasota offers the perfect spring search for redemption. Matusz began last season on the disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle. When he returned, he couldn't regain the form of his promising 2010 season, going 1-9 with a 10.69 ERA, the highest single-season ERA for any pitcher with more than 10 starts in major league history.
SPORTS
By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer | February 19, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- If nothing else, John Williams is extremely brave or has a great sense of humor.Hanging in his cubicle in the Los Angeles Clippers dressing room is a sports jacket with the inscription, "Fatburger, The Great Hamburger."Yes, by now John Williams must have heard every fat joke in existence. But he perseveres. He is trying to put his basketball life back in order after almost two full seasons in limbo as an overstuffed, under-motivated Washington Bullets forward.Williams, 26, who was a high school phenom at Crenshaw High, is playing again in his hometown.
SPORTS
By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | June 14, 2001
If all goes according to plan - and there is no reason to think otherwise considering he has put on around 35 pounds since the Super Bowl - Ravens defensive end Michael McCrary should look as imposing as he plays throughout all of next season. McCrary estimates his weight dropped into the mid-230s at the end of last season; he said he's around 270 now. He said the low weight made people think he was a finesse player, an image he shuns. His current physique, more like that of the prototypical end, leaves little doubt as to his type of game.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | February 5, 2014
Most people lose weight during the week and gain weight on the weekends, a new study finds. Yet, researchers say it's the weekday diets that are most important for maintaining a healthy weight. The researchers at Cornell University looked at people's diets over seven days and found rhythm of losing and gaining. But they also found that those who lose the most during the week are more likely to either lose weight or maintain weight over time. “Weight variations between weekdays and weekends should be considered normal instead of weight gain,” said Cornell University behavioral economist Brian Wansink in a statement.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
Jennifer Hudson urged women to chart their own path to better health as she spoke to a gathering of Weight Watchers participants at a West Baltimore senior center Tuesday morning. "You cannot achieve somebody else's goals," the singer and Oscar-winning actress, who serves as Weight Watchers' celebrity ambassador, told a crowd assembled at Park Heights' Zeta Center for Healthy and Active Aging. "If you didn't do it, they're going to talk.  If you do it, they're still going to talk.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
Henry Urrutia stood at his locker Thursday at the Ed Smith Stadium complex and joked that one of the best parts of his day right now is when he walks down the hallway and steps on the scale. The lanky Orioles left fielder - a Cuban defector who was still trying to get into the United States from Haiti this time last year after visa issues - has put on nearly 20 pounds after an offseason dedicated to increasing muscle mass. Urrutia played at about 183 pounds last season, but he said Thursday that he weighed 201 pounds.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
Robert V. Rood, a retired longshoreman and world champion powerlifter, died Tuesday of heart failure at his Pasadena home. He was 73. Robert Vincent Rood was born in Berwick, Pa., and moved with his family to a home on East Hill Street in South Baltimore in the 1940s. He attended Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School. He served in the Navy as a ship's carpenter from 1957 to 1964, aboard aircraft carriers USS Franklin D. Roosevelt in the Atlantic and USS Kitty Hawk in the Pacific.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
Owings Mills-based Medifast Inc. said Friday that it plans to close eight "under-performing" weight loss centers by the end of the month and sell some of its other centers next year, part of a push toward franchising as the performance of its company-owned locations declines. Company officials did not specify where those Medifast Weight Control Centers are located but said none are in Maryland. The weight loss company has about 120 corporate-owned and franchised centers, including 10 in Maryland, that offer "body composition" assessments, counseling and Medifast meal replacements.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Andrew Conrad, aconrad@tribune.com | November 24, 2013
The Governor returned to "The Walking Dead" last week, but he didn't really return until this Sunday night's episode, "Dead Weight. " What I mean by that is that the Governor we saw last week was a shell of himself, shuffling around with his big hair and unkempt beard, brushing zombies aside instead of dispatching them. The Governor we saw this week was the genuine article: salt and pepper stubble, all dressed in black, identifying threats to the survival of himself and those he chooses to protect and eliminating them with extreme prejudice.
SPORTS
By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | December 16, 1999
It's a drastic diet, so it's understandable that Ravens defensive tackle Lional Dalton could last only two days.It's the no-carbohydrate diet, which requires not eating bread, pasta or anything high in carbohydrates. Dalton tried it earlier this season hoping to drop about 12 pounds, and it was working."I lost about 2 pounds in 2 days," Dalton said. "I tried it, but it didn't work [for me]. You do lose weight, but I eat bread with everything."He dropped the diet, instead deciding to keep the weight on for this season, and then to work harder this off-season in an effort to play at 305 pounds, 12 lighter than his current weight.
SPORTS
By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 25, 1999
Welter Weight finally turned into the super heavyweight yesterday.Rebuffed in three previous attempts to win the Maryland Hunt Cup -- including a neck loss to running mate Florida Law last year -- the Armata Stables' gelding exorcised the jinx with a convincing victory on a breezy, sunny day.The margin over Emerald Action was approximately eight lengths, with Welter Weight completing the four-mile course over 22 timber fences in 8: 43 3/5. Nem Blong Hem...
FEATURES
November 4, 2013
My chocolate Lab is about 15 pounds overweight. We've tried low-calorie foods and cutting back, but he's hungry and not losing weight. I've heard I can try supplementing with pumpkin or green beans, but what are the best ways to help my boy lose weight? Weight loss in our pets is just as difficult as weight loss in humans! This will require an awareness on your part of some aspects of his metabolism and nature. Dogs are omnivores and scavengers, so they will eat almost anything. It is in his evolutionary makeup to stay hungry; satiety is not something that dogs readily achieve. Therefore, having a dog who is "not hungry" may not be possible. We have decided that we must constantly help them not be hungry; we cannot bear to reduce portions, and we feel compelled to add fillers such as green beans and pumpkin. Resist the urge.   Map out a very consistent feeding schedule and keep a measuring cup in your dog's food supply.
FEATURES
October 30, 2013
Q: How do I know if I need to put my child on a weight-loss diet? What is appropriate for a 9-year-old? A: Interestingly, 20 years ago, there was little interest in weight loss in a 9-year-old child. It was assumed that this was the “husky” age and that he would slim down with the impending start of pubertal height gain. We have regrettably learned that is too often a false assumption. You begin with a visit to your health care provider to document the true weight, weight percentile, height percentile and the Basal Metabolic Index (BMI)
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