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Talk-show host fought weight problem

November 03, 2010
(Ruth Sowby )

"My butt was so big, I could serve dinner for eight on it." Rim shot. One hundred pounds lighter and with a considerably smaller derriere, keynote speaker author and radio talk show host Mother Love regaled her audience of more than 1,000 women at the 10th annual Women's Health Conference. Presented by Sen. Carol Liu and the Wellness Community Foothills Inc., the conference drew women (and a smattering of men) from all over the Southland on Friday. This year's conference had grown so large, it had to be moved to the Pasadena Convention Center.

A continental breakfast kick-started the day of congeniality, healthy food and health workshops. Wearing a bright pink fright wig in honor of Halloween, Liu offered greetings and introduced emcee KABC7 health specialist Denise Dador.

After Dador's remarks Executive Director of AT&T Anita Gabrielian talked about her own cancer scare. Fortunately, exploratory surgery revealed no malignancy. Gabrielian, who is also a member of Glendale Community College's Board of Trustees, well represented the conference's Premium Sponsor AT&T.

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But it was the slimmed-down Mother Love who audience members came to see. A history of diabetes in her family and a similar diagnosis for herself gave her the incentive to lose weight, start exercising and stop smoking and drinking. Diabetes had resulted in the death of half her family members before they were 60 years old. She was determined that the same thing wouldn't happen to her.

"Before my weight loss, I never wore yellow," Love said. "People would call out 'Taxi!' "

But today, Love was all about healthy lifestyle choices as she closed her presentation with, "Women up ladies, take a proactive approach to your health."

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Another celebrity, this one grown in our own backyard, is making the rounds of local speaking engagements. Glendale resident and author Denise Hamilton's book "Los Angeles Noir" has been adopted by the city for its One Book/One Glendale program.

Hamilton's first stop was at Glendale Community College on Oct. 27. Several hundred students, filling the college auditorium, were primed to meet the author. A former Los Angeles Times staffer, Hamilton discussed how her former beat, the East Los Angeles area, contributed to the authenticity of her works. Students had a chance to ask questions after her remarks.

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