Christina Hendricks, the curvaceous star of Mad Men, has told how she felt ostracised in Hollywood before winning her part in the hit US drama.
Hendricks said she was made to feel “invisible” when she first moved to Los Angeles where the show is filmed. The 35-year-old, who swept to instant fame in her role as the flame-haired secretary in the drama, which is shown on BBC Four, also disclosed that she does not feel she fully belongs in showbusiness. The size 14 actress, who plays the sassy secretary Joan Harris, was last month praised as a physical role model by the equalities minister Lynne Featherstone.She refused to lose weight despite being repeatedly told that she was too big to win starring roles. Hendricks, who was voted the “Sexiest Woman Alive” by female readers of Esquire magazine in May, added that she does not receive much male attention in Los Angeles. Read More
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Fat stored behind the abdominal wall may be more harmful than fat stored on the hips and thighs. Some scientists believe belly fat secretes proteins and hormones that contribute to inflammation, interfere with how the body processes insulin and raise cholesterol levels.
But Dr. Samuel Klein, an obesity expert at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is skeptical about that theory. Removing belly fat surgically doesn’t lead to health improvements. That may mean it’s simply a stand-in for some other culprit that is causing both belly fat and poor health. Klein wasn’t involved in the new research.
Klein said the new study, while showing a link between waist size and mortality, doesn’t pinpoint exactly how much belly fat is dangerous for normal, overweight and obese people. The 40-inch for men and 35-inch for women cutoff points are irrelevant for many people, he said.
What can be done to fight belly fat? It’s the same advice as for losing weight. Eat fewer calories and burn more through walking, bicycling and other aerobic exercise. “Sit-ups are useless,” Klein said. Read Entire Article