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  • Ask Sima - Part III, Is Spot Reduction A Myth?

    By Sima Cohen

    June 7, 2013 | 11:59 am

    “Is spot reduction a myth?”

    First, let’s define spot reduction. Spot reduction is the idea that if you work a specific muscle group, you will significantly decrease the amount of fat in that area. The most common example is the idea that doing crunches will help you get a six...

  • The Most Evil Sweetener of Them All!

    By Sima Cohen

    June 3, 2013 | 12:58 pm

    America is the wealthiest and the fattest country in the world. We invented Google, we put a man on the moon, yet we can’t lose weight.

    In the late 1970′s, less than 15% of Americans were obese. Here we are, thirty years later and that number has more than doubled. So, what...

  • Obesity’s Impact on Sexual Health

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    September 23, 2011 | 11:00 am

    I heard this really interesting story on NPR yesterday about how obesity can affect one’s sexual health.  In light of some of the friction my earlier pieces on weight have caused, I thought this was an interesting perspective to add to the mix.  Read or listen to it here. 

  • Well, At Least She Called Me Skinny…

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    June 22, 2011 | 10:00 am

    So I was just about to post regarding the dinner I just had with my new inamorato and my parents, when I noticed Ilana Angel had already posted on me.  We met for lunch yesterday and I knew she would write about it but I’m still a bit shocked at how much my earlier pieces must have...

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  • Would I Want to Be Skinny if it Meant I Had to Be Dumb?

    By Ilana Angel

    June 22, 2011 | 12:24 am

    I met with Tamara Shayne Kagel yesterday.  She is the young woman who wrote a series of blogs that essentially said fat girls need to lower their expectations in terms of who they can date, and parents do a disservice to their fat daughters by telling them they can do anything they...

  • An Open Letter to Ilana Angel

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    June 16, 2011 | 8:50 pm

    The

    Backstory

    :

    I wrote a post called You Should Get Skinny which suggested in its most reductive form that to date in a certain pool of men, you have to get thin.  (I hope you read the nuances to this premise in the post here before proceeding because a lot of the debate misses my...

  • Pap Smear & Sex, Jesus & Anthony Weiner, Dating & Being Fat

    By Ilana Angel

    June 15, 2011 | 1:15 pm

    I am annoyed.  There have been a series of things over the past couple of days that are bugging me, so I’ve decided to vent about it here.  I picked my top three most irritating things, and should venting not make me feel better, I will simply pick more things and write more blogs...

  • Date Down or Slim Down

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    June 14, 2011 | 10:10 am

    Yes, I Still Think You Should Get Skinny
    So as you may know, a while back, I posted a blog about why I think you should get skinny.  You can read it here.  It was reposted as the “this” on Jezebel which you can find here.  And since then, I’ve been taking in what has been a...

  • You Should Be Skinny

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    April 4, 2011 | 2:30 pm

    This is not my advice on how you should get skinny.  I’m simply telling you, you should be skinny.  Everyone has to figure out what sort of diet and exercise plan and tricks and tips works for them.  Since I retired from dancing professionally, my weight has been pretty steady –...

  • Chicken nuggets vs. my kids school lunches, Oye Vay…

    By Julia Bendis

    March 11, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Today my 11-year-old son, Tyler shared a very interesting conversation that he had with his classmates.  It started during lunch time when he pulled out a peanut butter with bananas, and honey sandwich on whole grain bread.  After Tyler was done with it, he pulled out carrots,...

  • There’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on over Power Plate

    By Debbe Geiger

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Remember those machines from the 1950s that used to jiggle a person's fat in an attempt to rid the body of cellulite? These days, a more sophisticated generation of those machines, which vibrate the entire body, is claiming it can do a lot more than eliminate cellulite....
  • Keep Your Eyes Open

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Kein v' Lo: Snack Attack

    YeLAdim talked to the LAPD and got these tips on what kids can do to stay safe -- and maybe to help catch a bad guy:

    • Be aware of your surroundings on the way to and from school, at your synagogue and while hanging out with your friends.
    • If you find a note...

  • Do Day School Health Programs Make the Grade?

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Twenty parents from the Emek Hebrew Academy in Valley Village have come on a chilly winter evening to hear Dr. Francine Kaufman, a national expert on diabetes and childhood obesity, talk about promoting children's health. Although the school has 455 families, Rabbi Sholom Strajcher,...
  • Sonoma Plan Adds   Flavor to Dull Diets

    By Soriya Daniels

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Connie Guttersen is on a mission to make America smaller. Well, perhaps not geographically, but at least to shrink the size of the average American.

    Scientific studies have proven that weight-loss diets that are based on moderate amounts of the healthiest types of fats, such as...

  • Mirror, Mirror

    By Amy Klein

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I think I have body dysmorphia: an unnatural and distorted view of my physique, otherwise known as false body image.

    See, I'm the only woman I know who has ever expressed a bit of shock at the Dove advertisements.

    They've been running for the last few months on billboards, on...

  • Taking the Schmaltz Out of Our Food

    By Beverly Levitt

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    At sundown on Monday we usher in the happiest day of our calendar, Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. For the next 10 days we'll be called upon to reexamine our lives -- to wake up and not only smell the roses, but plant them for other people to enjoy.

    The Days of Awe end at sundown...

  • Chocolates and Knaidlach and Kugel, Oh My!

    By Julie G Fax

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Real whipped butter. There's only one time of year you'll find it in my refrigerator -- Pesach.

    To me, sitting down Pesach morning with a cup of coffee, a box of matzah, a tub of sweet butter and a few different flavors of jelly is as essential to the holiday as the "Mah Nishtanah."...