Quick Hits: The Olsen Twins Stick Together Again

February 16th, 2006 // 1 Comment
  • The Olsen Twins are the new scary faces of Badgley Mischka. If the girls insist on doing things together, they will forever be known as the Oslen Twins. [AP]
  • Did Brokeback Mountain peak too early to win the Oscar? What out for Crash. [AP]
  • American Media editor Bonnie Fuller warns her employees of writing bad things about the company in their personal blogs. If you do, she will hunt you down and kill you! [Jossip]
  • Madonna is flexible, but it comes at a cost. After her Grammy performance she had to have a hernia operation. [Yahoo! UK]
  • Private investigator Anthony Pellicano sure knows his way around a wiretap. Which in his case, is a bad thing. [TMZ]
By Miu von Furstenberg

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    Olsen twin study

    Study: Watching Calories Takes Commitment Sat Feb 18, 6:52 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS – Losing that extra weight is one thing. Keeping it off requires a lifetime of counting calories. That’s the message from a more than two-decade study of monkeys conducted by Barbara Hansen of the University of South Florida, Tampa.


    Genetic differences allow some primates to remain thin and others to grow fat when fed an identical diet over the years, the study found.

    Other monkeys, when forced to slim down by as much as 25 percent, regained the weight they’d lost once caloric restrictions were lifted — regardless of whether they’d been on a diet for two months or two years, Hansen said.

    “The price of leanness is eternal vigilance,” said Hansen, who presented her research Friday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

    Hansen has long studied the effects of calorie restriction in roughly 300 rhesus monkeys.

    Cutting calories can pay off when it comes to longevity: Monkeys fed 30 percent less over the long term extended their lifetimes to 30 years from an average of 23 years, Hansen said.

    The slimmer monkeys staved off the diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension and other weight-related ailments that typically shortened the lives of their heavier peers, she added.

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