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By Jessica DeCostole, For The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2013
Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical Center regularly contribute a guest post to The Baltimore Sun's health blog Picture of Health (baltimoresun.com/pictureofhealth). The latest post is from Jessica DeCostole, a dietetic intern. Summer is the season for shedding layers and showing a little more skin. It's also the time when many of us start to seek out quick weight loss strategies. Before you pick up that new diet book, read on for the dos and don'ts of summer weight loss.
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Susan Reimer | June 4, 2014
As soon as my daughter got engaged, a wedding weight loss campaign was launched. Mine. She wasn't far behind me. She signed up for something called "cross fit," and she has been complaining of pain and soreness ever since. She might not be any thinner in October, but my guess is she'll be able to throw a kettle ball the length of the aisle, should it be necessary to do so. Rob Kardashian's exit from his sister Kim's wedding spectacle after the family reportedly ganged up on him about his heft is evidence that this misery isn't just for women anymore.
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By Tim Smith | tim.smith@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 19, 2010
A half-century after his untimely death at the age of 38, celebrated tenor and movie star Mario Lanza is receiving fresh medical attention from a Baltimore doctor who takes a dim view of one of the singer's weight-loss treatments - injections of the urine of pregnant women, a controversial therapy with new followers today. Dr. Philip A. Mackowiak, vice chairman of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and director of the Medical Care Clinical Center at the Veterans Administration Hospital downtown, teamed up with Armando Cesari, Lanza's Australia-based biographer, for an article about the singer's health issues just out in The Pharos, the journal of the medical honorary society Alpha Omega Alpha.
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.
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
Susan Reimer | June 4, 2014
As soon as my daughter got engaged, a wedding weight loss campaign was launched. Mine. She wasn't far behind me. She signed up for something called "cross fit," and she has been complaining of pain and soreness ever since. She might not be any thinner in October, but my guess is she'll be able to throw a kettle ball the length of the aisle, should it be necessary to do so. Rob Kardashian's exit from his sister Kim's wedding spectacle after the family reportedly ganged up on him about his heft is evidence that this misery isn't just for women anymore.
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.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2011
As more than a third of Americans struggle with obesity, Medifast Inc. has seen skyrocketing sales of its weight-loss food products in recent years. Business has been so good that the firm topped Forbes magazine's list of the top 100 fastest-growing small public companies in the nation last year. But last month, Medifast, based in Owings Mills, warned that it had to delay its fourth-quarter earnings report to reconcile accounting snafus involving expenses — an uncommon move that typically raises concerns among shareholders and analysts.
HEALTH
By Julie Deardorff and Tribune Newspapers | January 25, 2010
After Jen Matlack had a baby, the Connecticut mom went on what she called the easiest and most effective weight-loss regimen of her life. For three years she breast-fed her daughter Mae and ate whatever she wanted. Her baby weight - and more - seemed to magically melt away. "I tell everyone, if I could have done it until Mae turned 15, I would have," said Matlack, 39, a freelance writer. "I was the thinnest I'd ever been." Researchers have long suspected that breast-feeding, which burns an extra 500 calories a day, helps blast away postpartum flab.
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.
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.
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.
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)
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2013
Mother and daughter Angela and Candi Watts were both diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. After a two-year battle, they are both disease-free, but the war continues. The new enemy is their waistlines. Scientists have discovered that excess weight not only raises the risks of getting cancer but the chances that cancer will return. Now, as medical studies seek to determine how much weight loss is needed for a better prognosis - and whether the fat-cancer link can be disrupted in other ways - patients are being encouraged to slim down.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
Owings Mills-based Medifast Inc. has laid off 24 employees, less than 3 percent of its 860-person workforce, over the past few weeks as the weight loss system company reviewed staffing levels, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Medifast makes and sells portion-controlled weight-loss products and programs. "As Medifast continues to grow and evolve, the company periodically evaluates overall efficiency," said Renee Beck, the spokeswoman, in an email. "Over the last few weeks, the company reviewed expertise and staffing levels across the organization to best achieve strategic initiatives…Medifast continues to focus on profitable growth moving forward.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
Kaci DeWitt-Rickards remembers being a chunky kid with a steady diet of Burger King chicken tenders, vanilla milkshakes and Papa John's pizza. By her sophomore year in college at the University of Miami, her adolescent pudge had ballooned into a weight problem. The 5-foot-4 exercise physiology major hit her heaviest weight ever that fall in 2010, weighing in at 167 pounds. She felt bad about herself and didn't have a lot of energy. But most of all, she felt like a hypocrite as she studied for a career to help people stay fit. "If you're going to go out and teach a healthy lifestyle, you have to live it," DeWitt-Rickards remembers a professor saying that fall semester.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee | August 16, 2012
Anthony Allen may not have the decisive edge in a four-way battle to back up starting tailback Ray Rice, but his weight won't be an issue. The 6-foot-1 Allen said he weighs about 225 pounds, which is 10 pounds less than his weight from last season. He said the weight loss coincided with shaving five percent of his body fat - all in the name of being a better back. “I just toned up,” he said after Wednesday's practice at the team's headquarters in Owings Mills. "I just wanted to get a little faster, a little quicker.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
Newly appointed Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis has been on Twitter for less than two weeks, and already he's been hacked. The department's own account was compromised, too. On Wednesday morning, the department announced two unauthorized tweets each had been sent from the department's account @AACOPD and Davis' account @ChiefKevinDavis, sometime between late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, when they were noticed....
HEALTH
By Jessica DeCostole, For The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2013
Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical Center regularly contribute a guest post to The Baltimore Sun's health blog Picture of Health (baltimoresun.com/pictureofhealth). The latest post is from Jessica DeCostole, a dietetic intern. Summer is the season for shedding layers and showing a little more skin. It's also the time when many of us start to seek out quick weight loss strategies. Before you pick up that new diet book, read on for the dos and don'ts of summer weight loss.
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