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.

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Mel

    Congrats, Bob Mewse! 100 pounds? That's amazing. Since the synopsis of your story does not mention prescription weight loss pills or bariatric surgery, I'm guessing you accomplished this feat through well-rounded nutrition and exercise. Way to go!

    For those of you (like 3 of my close relatives) who need tools like surgery or pills, for whatever reason, remember that those things are only tools. You still have to change the habits that caused you to become obese.

    December 3, 2010 at 23:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Rob

    I'm happy to see the military paying more attention to not just feeding the troops, but feeding them for optimal performance! As with any other high-octane athlete or performer, our soldiers will be able to do their jobs and feel better when they receive not only adequate nutrition, but a diet geared towards their specific needs. Fitting a nutrition plan to the requirements of the individual is key to making the most out of any diet plan, and it's even more important for those who depend on their bodies in critical ways every day. In addition hopefully these changes will also make service possible for some people who otherwise might be excluded because of weight problems.

    Rational, effective nutrition for fat loss and long-term health: http://www.NutritionPerfected.com/np-blog.html

    December 6, 2010 at 09:29 | Report abuse | Reply
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    I'mg glad they are making the changes for bettering the health of the troops. Check out my health and fitness blog http://razzlea.blogspot.com/

    December 6, 2010 at 10:35 | Report abuse | Reply
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