December 3rd, 2010
07:14 PM ET

Lap-Band for lower BMI safe, FDA panel says

A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Friday
voted that the new proposed Body Mass Index requirements for Lap-Band weight
loss surgery are safe, effective, and that benefits associated with the surgery
outweigh the risks.

December 3rd, 2010
05:24 PM ET

Fit Friday: How Google Street View changed a man's diet, Army overhauls nutrition

Fitness inspiration can come in many forms - even an unflattering photo of yourself on Google Street View. And the FDA gave a mixed review of the final diet drug up for  approval this year. It'll be the subject of a meeting next week.

Every Friday, we'll give a Web shout-out to interesting, quirky or bizarre diet-and-fitness news and trends. Tell us your suggestions for interesting stories, posts or websites that caught your eye.

No soda for you

Ten-hut, recruits.  The Army will cut down on the fried foods and white bread and pasta for you.

Drill sergeants will give courses in "performance nutrition," reports NPR's health blog.   The changes were unveiled Wednesday at Missouri's Fort Leonard Wood.

Obesity in America disqualifies 27 percent of young adults from military service, according to Mission: Readiness, a group of retired admirals, generals, and other senior military leaders.

Google Street View made him lose it

No, it wasn’t the mirror or his expanding pants size that pushed him to a healthier lifestyle.  Bob Mewse, a 56-year-old Brit, was so horrified by an image of him on Google Street View that he went on a diet, according to the Telegraph, a British newspaper.

In the offending image, Mewse was standing at a gas station with a billowing grey “tent-like” shirt.  Nearly 300 pounds at the time, today he has shed about a third of that weight after ditching biscuits and sweets for fruit and salads.  He also joined a gym.

Mewse told the newspaper: "If I can do this, anybody can – I'm just an ordinary bloke. I feel much healthier now."

Hat tip: Diet Blog

Weight-loss surgery for the less obese

An FDA review of the diet pill Contrave said it meets requirement for weight-loss, but "poses potential cardiovascular risks," according to the New York Times.

An advisory committee will consider whether to recommend Contrave  for FDA approval for treating obesity in a meeting Tuesday.

So far this year, the FDA has rejected other weight-loss pills, Qnexa and lorcaserin.

December 3rd, 2010
08:59 AM ET

My hair is thinning. What can I do?

Too embarrassed to ask your doctor about sex, body quirks, or the latest celeb health fad? In a regular feature and a new book, "What the Yuck?!," Health magazine medical editor Dr. Roshini Raj tackles your most personal and provocative questions. Send 'em to Dr. Raj at whattheyuck@health.com.

Q: My hair is thinning. Is there anything I can do?


December 3rd, 2010
08:28 AM ET

What are the best supplements for a diabetic?

Question asked by Michelle of Tallahassee, Florida:

My husband has adult-onset diabetes. He is 43, but was diagnosed about five years ago. His mother is diabetic as well. Both are very small-framed people who are not overweight nor very muscular. There is no doubt the disease is genetic for them.

My husband takes Glucovance to help control his blood sugar. He also strives to stay physically active despite a sedentary desk job. What advice can you offer for type 2 diabetics who struggle to maintain their weight?

Are there supplements that he would benefit from? He does his best to emphasize protein and fruits/veggies in his diet, but carbs are still a weakness. Seems like all advice is geared toward obese diabetics or insulin-dependent type 1.

Filed under: Diabetes • Expert Q&A • Vitamins and supplements

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.