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Poll: Should Critics Review Opera Singers' Looks?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

When mezzo Tara Erraught was called "dumpy" and "stocky" in newspaper reviews, online pundits reacted angrily, calling the critics sexist and insensitive. Others believe that the critics were on solid ground.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The American Meal; Deepak Chopra's Weight Loss Advice; Foraging; Please Explain

Friday, December 13, 2013

On today’s Food Fridays show: Abigail Carroll explains what our eating habits reveal about our national identity. Deepak Chopra talks about what mainstream and alternative medicine can tell us about why so many people overeat. Professional forager Tama Matsuoka Wong tells us what foods and ingredients you can find underfoot in the winter months. And this week’s Please Explain is all about whole animal butchery—we’ll find out about different cuts of meat and how best to cook with them.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Weight Loss Surgery

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

We learned yesterday that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had Lap-Band weight loss surgery in February. We open the phoens: Have you had Lap-Band or another kind of weight-loss surgery? What was the experience like? Are you considering it and have questions about the process? Comment here or call 212-433-9692 at 11:40. Joining us to answer questions about bariatric surgery is Dr. Hans Schmidt, chief of bariatric surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center.

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New Jersey News

Christie on His Weight: 'It's Not a Career Issue'

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said his decision to undergo gastric band surgery to lose weight was not a career move — and that he has no interest in becoming a role model. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Heavy Issues

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dara-Lynn Weiss, freelance writer and mother, started a firestorm with her Vogue essay about putting her 7-year-old daughter on a diet.  She adds to the story in her new book, The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet--A Memoir

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Science of Calories

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

When it comes to weight loss, does it matter more what you eat, when you eat or how much you eat? Marion Nestle, professor in the department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and of sociology at New York University tries to answer that question in her new book, Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics.

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The Takeaway

How John Manrique Is Getting Better

Friday, November 23, 2012

After the show reported on some disturbing trends in obesity in the United States, people were quick to respond. Listener John Manrique details his own story about how he lost over seventy pounds three years ago and kept it off.

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The Takeaway

Listener Stories of Overcoming or Accepting Their Extra Weight

Friday, May 18, 2012

According to a new study, 42 percent of American adults will be obese by the year 2030. All this week, The Takeaway looks at this prediction with a wide range of specialists — from city planners to coffin makers to mathematicians to science writer Michael Moyer. Today, the conversation continues with you, our listeners. Throughout the week, you’ve been sharing your own stories of weight loss and body image.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Science of Calories

Monday, March 26, 2012

When it comes to weight loss, does it matter more what you eat, when you eat or how much you eat? Marion Nestle, professor in the department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and of sociology at New York University tries to answer that question in her new book, Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Science of Calories

Sunday, February 26, 2012

When it comes to weight loss, does it matter more what you eat, when you eat or how much you eat?Marion Nestle, professor in the department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and of sociology at New York University, tries to answer that question in her new book, Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Weight Watchers Changes Plan

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

David Kirchhoff, CEO of Weight Watchers International, gives us the skinny on Weight Watchers' new Points Plus program, an overhaul of its original points program.

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WNYC News

Exercise Will Set You Free. Not!

Monday, August 10, 2009

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Ask anyone the best way drop a few pounds and chances are you'll hear that if you exercise, you'll lose weight. But many adults who exercise at the gym or run or bike say their weight has remained the same year after year. A Time Magazine article says the basic problem is that while exercise burns calories, it can stimulate hunger. WNYC's Amy Eddings interviewed John Cloud who wrote the article.

Amy Eddings: First of all, you have got to be kidding me! No! For years we've been hearing that key to weight control was diet and exercise, diet and exercise, like peanut butter and jelly, together forever, one linked to the other -- and you're telling me now, no?

John Cloud: Right and let me just begin by saying exercise is not completely useless, in fact you want to exercise for all kinds of reasons for your heart health, for your mental health for your joints.

Eddings: But we want to get thin, John, we want to get taut.

Cloud: In terms of weight loss and exercise, there are a couple things going on. One study I quote at length in this story was a study with a group of women in Louisiana and Texas, 464 women who were recruited to exercise three to four times a week with a personal trainer. Their exercise was very carefully calibrated, their heart rates were measured. This was a serious exercise group. They were followed for six months. Their diets didn't change. In fact, they were told, 'Maintain your standard diet and everything'. They compared this group to a group of women who didn't exercise. All they did was fill out monthly forms detailing any medical symptoms they had.

At the end of the six months, they found that the women who exercised had lost no more weight than the women who all they did once a month was think about their health and their diets. They filled out these forms, which had the effect probably of causing them to eat a little bit less, so that they lost a little bit of weight, too.

The person who runs the study calls this phenomenon 'compensation.' Whether because you are hungrier or you reward yourself when you get home, you tend to eat more when you exercise a lot.

Eddings: If you rule out compensation. if people get honest with themselves and stop overeating after a hard work out, then does exercise help?

'In general, for weight loss, exercise is pretty useless,' Eric Ravussin, chair in diabetes and metabolism at Louisiana State University and a prominent exercise researcher.

Cloud: Sure, but we're not really built very well to do that. You know a lot of people have this up and down roller coaster thing with their weight. They'll either go on a diet or they'll adopt some exercise regimen. In the year 2000, these psychologists published a pretty well-known paper in psychology circles about self control. They observed in this paper that self control is like a muscle. If you go out and go running for an hour, it's going to be much harder to get back home and make decisions about anything really, but particularly about food. You've already done this great thing for yourself. That's just kind of how we're built psychologically.

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Radio Rookies

Feeling Ugly Inside

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

When Marie resolved to lose 40 pounds last summer, she thought that would be the end of her struggles with self-esteem.

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