January 8, 2015
MICHELE ELBERTSON, a 28-year-old Tabernacle, N.J., native is making a lot of waves as she continues on her personal quest to inspire and generate awareness about how she lost a jaw-dropping 260 pounds. In the past three years, this wonder woman has run over 38 half-marathons, seven full marathons, one 50-mile ultramarathon and two triathlons. "I hope to motivate others who have given up on life and a quest for better heath," Elbertson said. Although she has taken a moment with me, to revel in triumphant glory, the journey has not been without thorns.
January 5, 2015 |
Just before Christmas, the Food and Drug Administration approved a drug that may be a boon to some of the millions of Americans resolving to shed unhealthy pounds in the New Year. The daily injectable drug, liraglutide, is part of a new class of diabetes medicines that prompt the pancreas to make extra insulin after meals. Novo Nordisk first got approval to sell liraglutide five years ago as a diabetes therapy, brand name Victoza. The new, higher-dose prescription product, Saxenda, is specifically for weight loss in obese patients, and in overweight adults who have at least one weight-related problem such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes.
August 1, 2014 |
When Gigi was 5, her mother, Sarah Eisenstein, was getting worried. A big child - born at 10 pounds, 13 ounces - Gigi was gaining weight, as the family dined on hot dogs and ate chips as a snack. Now, Eisenstein cooks eggplant and zucchini fries for Gigi and sister Isabella. Their mother learned these skills at Cooking with Friends, a Children's Hospital of Philadelphia program. Gigi, 8, tall for her age, is at a healthy weight. The program that helped Eisenstein will expand into a community-based study, thanks to a new partnership between Children's and the food service company Aramark, announced Wednesday at the Enterprise Center in West Philadelphia.
July 15, 2014 |
Albert J. Stunkard, 92, a renowned pioneer in the research and treatment of obesity and eating disorders, died Saturday at his home in Bryn Mawr. Dr. Stunkard died suddenly after recovering from a recent bout of pneumonia, said his wife, Margaret S. Maurin. A professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, Dr. Stunkard, known as Mickey, was a passionate and obsessive researcher. He worked at his office at Penn until he was 90, said his wife.
May 22, 2014
LAST WEEK'S column, "Fat, Obese? Blame Yourself" really fired up many Daily News readers, so much so, that quite a few were compelled to write me. Never one to shy away from controversy, here's what some of our readers had to say (letters edited for space): Ms. Garrison, I am all in favor of people's taking responsibility for their conduct and decisions. Not everyone who is overweight or obese got there because of poor eating habits. The causes of obesity are not necessarily that one's eating habits are poor or out of control.
May 1, 2014
HALLELUJAH! Fat is back! You'll be happy to know that after years of choking down the banal, tasteless, Styrofoam-like fat-free snacks, desserts and those absolutely awful fat-free dressings, some new research says that full-fat milk, butter and cream are less likely to make you obese. I know, it's a real head-scratcher and sounds counterintuitive, right? But, according to two recently released reports from Europe, the prevailing assumptions about fat just don't support the facts.
April 24, 2014 |
A Drexel University study suggests that obesity is the single most important characteristic that increases a pregnant woman's chance of having a rare and heartbreaking occurrence - stillbirth. Maternal obesity is a known risk factor for fetal death, as well as for pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes. But the current obesity epidemic is intensifying concern, and prompting updated analyses of the stillbirth risk. "Stillbirths, while rare, do routinely occur in all institutions serving the Philadelphia area," said study leader Ruofan Yao, an obstetrics-gynecology resident at Hahnemann University Hospital.
March 10, 2014 |
Perhaps you heard the astonishing good news that obesity among toddlers has dropped 43 percent in eight years. It made headlines, and was based on findings in a prestigious medical journal by respected researchers using gold-standard data. Is it true? Technically, yes. But here are some other statistics derived from the same paper: Toddler obesity dropped 39.6 percent (before rounding off the raw numbers) in eight years. Or 21 percent in six years - or 31 percent in just two years.
January 19, 2014 |
A number of credible but controversial studies in recent years have found that people with certain chronic illnesses live longer if they're carrying too many pounds than if they're of "normal" weight. Now, Harvard University researchers have weighed in on the "obesity paradox" with a study that concludes diabetics who are too heavy get no survival benefit. On the contrary, the heavier the diabetic, the likelier an early death. "These data dispel the notion that being overweight or obese confers a survival advantage among diabetics," said Frank B. Hu, a Harvard professor of nutrition and epidemiology.
August 15, 2013
IT'S A FACT: One in every eight American preschoolers and one in six older children and teens are obese. But finally, after more than three decades of steady escalation, childhood obesity numbers are coming down! Last fall, a study showed the first glimmer of hope: that the rates were falling in American cities, including Philly - down 5 percent. Now, a study released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a decline in obesity rates among low-income preschoolers in 19 of the 43 U.S. states and territories studied.