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Steve Jobs Blames Weight Loss on Hormone Glitch

January 5, 2009

Apple founder and Chief Executive Steve Jobs said today that a hormone imbalance is to blame for the weight loss that has prompted worries about his health. It seems that he is not dying as many have speculated.

From the Associated Press:

Jobs, 53, said he will undergo a “relatively simple” treatment and will remain in charge of Apple.

“A hormone imbalance … has been ‘robbing’ me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy,” Jobs said in a public letter, adding, “Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.”

Speculation about his health percolated in 2008 as Jobs appeared gaunt at public events. Those worries intensified after Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple said in December that Jobs would not be making his annual keynote address Tuesday in San Francisco at the Macworld conference.

Officially Apple said Jobs would not take the stage because this year will mark the company’s last appearance at the show, which is run by a separate company, the IDG technology media group. Rather than have its CEO speak even as it prepared to wind down its participation in Macworld, Apple said Phil Schiller, an Apple marketing executive, would give the company’s presentation.

But while some analysts expected this week’s Macworld to help Apple show it could execute its long-term strategy without Jobs as its public face, others have questioned the company’s viability without Jobs, who has emphasized the design principles that made standouts out of Apple’s Mac computers, iPods and iPhones.