Weight loss: Profiles in success

June 9, 2008

Zev Yaroslavsky: His run, low-fat diet are key

"I'VE ALWAYS had the propensity to pork up," says L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, 59, who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes seven years ago. That was his wake-up call to take a cold, hard look at his diet and transform it. He went from a high of 215 pounds to his current 185. Yaroslavsky often can be seen running around the Fairfax District and Hancock Park, an activity that he sticks to religiously, along with a low-fat diet. He still takes diabetes medication, but he says he's symptom-free. Although his weight has fluctuated a bit, he says he's on a mission to shed more pounds.

June 9, 2008

Mary Ann Wertenberger: No workout today? No way

MARY ANN Wertenberger started her first diet at the age of 13; she describes herself as "never the fattest kid around," but she carried an extra 20 pounds as a young teenager. Throughout her life, more diets ensued (including a stint on the appetite suppressant drug phentermine), but exercise was rarely in the picture. Now, exercise is an integral part of how this 50-year-old veterinarian from Chatsworth maintains her weight of 172, down from a high of 275.

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