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May 16, 2013
The most significant differences between those who smoked marijuana and those who never or no longer did was that current smokers’ insulin levels were reduced by 16 percent and their insulin resistance (a condition in which the body has trouble absorbing glucose from the bloodstream) was reduced by 17 percent.
The Atlantic’s Lindsay Abrams, reporting on the results of a recent study on the health effects of marijuana. In addition, regular pot smokers were skinnier than those who abstained, “even after adjusting for factors like age, sex, tobacco and alcohol use, and physical activity levels,” and had higher levels of HDL (“good cholesterol”). source
11:38 // 1 year ago
May 7, 2013
breakingnews:

Gov. Chris Christie reveals he underwent weight-loss surgery
TODAY.com: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has revealed that he secretly underwent lap-band stomach surgery just over two months ago to lose weight for the sake of his family. Christie, 50, told Matt Lauer in a phone conversation that he had the surgery on Feb. 16, just before the President’s Day holiday weekend. He said he resumed his very tough work schedule that Tuesday, and has not had any complications.
 
Photo: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during an appearance on NBC News’ Meet The Press

That he went back to work so quickly after getting that kind of surgery is surprising.
EDIT: As pointed out to us, lap-band surgery is minimally invasive, which is why he was back to work so quickly.

breakingnews:

Gov. Chris Christie reveals he underwent weight-loss surgery

TODAY.com: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has revealed that he secretly underwent lap-band stomach surgery just over two months ago to lose weight for the sake of his family.

Christie, 50, told Matt Lauer in a phone conversation that he had the surgery on Feb. 16, just before the President’s Day holiday weekend. He said he resumed his very tough work schedule that Tuesday, and has not had any complications.

 

Photo: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during an appearance on NBC News’ Meet The Press

That he went back to work so quickly after getting that kind of surgery is surprising.

EDIT: As pointed out to us, lap-band surgery is minimally invasive, which is why he was back to work so quickly.

9:20 // 1 year ago
May 4, 2012

Disabled war vet Arthur Boorman was in so much pain that he was told by doctors that he’d never be able to walk again without assistance. Then he started using a yoga program put together by former wrestling star Diamond Dallas Page … and this happened. A great watch.

9:25 // 2 years ago
August 24, 2011

On Steve Jobs’ declining health and weight loss

stefanosings said: I really don’t see a decline here at all… Looks like aging to me, and as far as the weight goes, maybe it affected him there a little bit, but he doesn’t look unhealthy. Picture #1 is the one I think most doctors would worry about.

» SFB says: Jobs is suffering from pancreatic cancer (and even had a liver transplant), and significant weight loss is a side effect of the cancer, which is a difficult-to-cure variety. The fact that he’s lived this long puts him in an extreme minority of pancreatic cancer patients. Which is why the photos show such extreme weight loss. So yes, while he got older, the real issue is that he lost a lot of weight — and it wasn’t because he was eating healthier. Read up on his health issues here— Ernie @ SFB

(EDIT: This response was not intended as a criticism of the blogger, but more as a jumping-off point to explain his health situation. Apologies if taken as such.)

21:40 // 3 years ago
May 28, 2011
We have transitioned from jobs that primarily involved doing physical activity on our feet to ones where most of us make our living while sitting.
Pennington Biomedical Research Center researcher Timothy Church • Describing why we use far fewer calories at work now than we did 30 years ago. To put it simply, we sit around a lot, a fact which anyone could tell you by the mere fact that they too sit around at their computers all day. Could someone create … like a Wii version of Excel or something like that? So we might have to exercise while adding things to a spreadsheet or blogging or cutting out a photo in Photoshop? Or could you turn our computers into treadmills that only power on while we’re running on them? Seems like all this technology at our disposable makes us lazy and fat or something. source (viafollow)
14:30 // 3 years ago
February 10, 2011

Kevin Smith: I just lost tons of weight. Take that Southwest Airlines!

  • 65+ number of pounds Kevin Smith has lost since his unfortunate encounter with a Southwest Airlines flight
  • no Smith isn’t choosing to show off his new figure – he’s dressing exactly the same as he was before source

» Not a changed man: In explaining his reasoning, the “Red State” director had this to say about the Southwest incident: ”At that moment, I was like, you know what? I’ll lose the weight, but I’m not putting on thinner clothes. Because why? What’s the difference? I’m still the same person I was 65 pounds heavier.” Yep, still a fat dude at heart.

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8:51 // 3 years ago
December 4, 2010

Good news, fat people: Lap-band surgery may become easier to get

  • 40 the BMI overweight people used to need to get the food-limiting lap-band surgery, which has become very popular
  • 35 the BMI an FDA panel now recommends for fat people to get the surgeries – if they don’t have health problems
  • 30 the BMI panel now recommends for lap-band surgery if you already have health problems source

» A good alternative: If you’re a fat person who can’t make sense of confusing traditional weight-loss programs, the FDA panel’s recommendation of looser standards for lap-band surgery could be a godsend for people would otherwise need to be chained to a wall to prevent them from eating in large quantities. Like us *chews laptop*.

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14:46 // 3 years ago
November 16, 2010

Dick Cheney’s dramatic change in appearance only took months


  • Dick Cheney, February 2010Earlier this year at CPAC, the former vice president gave a notable speech that put him in front of the public eye very notably. Soon after, his well-documented health problems crept back, leading to a lengthy hospital stay in July that led to months of speculation.
  • Dick Cheney, today At George W. Bush’s groundbreaking for his presidential library, Cheney showed up looking a heckuva lot thinner and a tad bit like C. Montgomery Burns. What happened? He lost a ton of weight in the hospital. But he’s reportedly doing a lot better. source

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22:17 // 3 years ago