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Confronting obesity head-on

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SAMONTE is flanked by Poco (left), who was his first patient (as well as the country’s) to undergo Lap-Band procedure and her sister Lugtu

In November 2006, 47-year-old Anna Rosario Poco underwent a mastectomy for a breast cancer that has already spread to her skin and lymph nodes. It was something she least expect considering two years before, she already did something to address her weight that brought her numerous health problems.

Posted: September 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Science and Health | Read More »

Obesity in PH need not be a big, complex problem

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AYALA tried—and succeeded—in preventing a modern and expensive disease known as obesity. From 112.5 kg (248 lbs), she now weighs around 60 kg (132 lbs).

Being overweight or obese is not a cosmetic problem. Someone who is 40 percent over his or her normal weight is twice as likely to die prematurely as an average-weight person—an effect seen after 10 to 30 years, according to nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center Cleveland Clinic.

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Science and Health | Read More »

Here’s to a smaller waistline in 2014

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GREEN vegetables get a high 90+ mark in nutrient density; mung bean at 40; brown rice at 20. Lowest nutrient scores go to fish, dairy and meat.

If you plan to make just one health-related resolution this year, then make it a slim midsection, and be unrelenting in your mission.   Board-certified family physician and nutritional researcher Joel Fuhrman, author of “Eat To Live,” advised “the high volume of greens not only will be your secret to a thin waistline, but will […]

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Anti-obesity orlistat and colorectal cancer risk

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A few weeks ago, a middle-age patient who has been taking orlistat regularly for weight loss asked about the increased risk of developing cancer, especially colon cancer, with prolonged intake of the product.

Posted: October 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

US soft-drink makers criticize gov’t efforts to limit sales

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The state’s beverage association and Pepsi Beverages Company of Hayward answered critics who accuse the soft-drink industry of promoting obesity though high-calorie sugary drinks.

Posted: August 10th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories,Science and Health | Read More »

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