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Using Mindfulness Strategies to Curb Cravings

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 13:45:50 +0000

A new study from the U.K. suggests mindfulness strategies may help prevent or interrupt cravings for food, cigarettes, and alcohol. Craving can be defined as an intense, conscious desire, usually […]

Straight Talk About Challenges of Weight Loss Can Foster Success

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:30:10 +0000

In a new study, Drexel University researchers found that telling people that weight loss is extremely challenging — rather than a motivational “You can do it!” mantra — helped them to lose […]

TV Ads May Induce Kids to Binge on Junk Food

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:00:57 +0000

Researchers have discovered that teenagers who watch more than three hours of commercial TV a day are more likely to eat hundreds of extra junk food snacks. UK investigators found […]

In Fighting Obesity, How Moms Talk to Kids May Make a Difference

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:15:43 +0000

In a familiar scene at a birthday party, a child goes back for a second cupcake or piece of cake, and a parent says he has had enough sweets. But […]

Study Bolsters Link Between Sugary Drinks and Obesity

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 11:30:29 +0000

A new review published in the journal Obesity Facts confirms that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with obesity and being overweight. Research has shown that obesity is linked to a greater […]

For Happiness, Body Acceptance May Beat Losing Weight

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 11:30:20 +0000

A new study at Florida State University (FSU) has strong advice if you want to enjoy greater mental and physical health this New Year: Lose the critical thoughts about your […]

CBT Can Help Binge Eaters Lose Weight

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:00:41 +0000

According to new findings from the University of Pennsylvania published in the journal Obesity, binge eating is a significant obstacle to losing weight. Those who continue to binge eat while trying […]

Imaging Study Finds Obese Teens Have Disrupted Brain Connections

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 12:15:24 +0000

New research reveals that obese adolescents have disrupted connectivity in the complex regions of the brain involved in regulating appetite, emotions, and impulse control, and reward and pleasure in eating. […]

Obese, Anorexic Women Show Low Levels of ‘Feel Good’ Neurosteroid

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 14:45:36 +0000

Women who struggle with anorexia nervosa or obesity exhibit low levels of a neuroactive steroid known as allopregnanolone, a metabolite of the hormone progesterone, according to a new study published […]

Rat Study: Feeling Full May Cause You to Eat More

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 12:45:10 +0000

New research attempts to explain why extreme diets usually fail. The findings suggest the way we interpret hunger pangs can be learned and that food behaviors hinge more on psychology […]

Pilot Study Melds Self-Compassion With Eating Disorder Treatments

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 12:45:13 +0000

In a new study, University of Queensland researchers found that compassion-focused therapy (CFT-E) holds promise in the treatment of eating and weight concerns. CFT, which has grown over the last […]

Weight Gain Associated with Psychotic Disorders is Life Limiting

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 12:00:34 +0000

While everyone is aware of the obesity crisis, few understand that the link between obesity and mental health disorders is especially profound. A 20-year study now suggests obesity plays a […]

Unstable Childhood May Hike Risk of Adult Obesity

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:45:41 +0000

Researchers have discovered that an unpredictable childhood appears to be linked to a much higher risk of adult obesity. In a new study, Florida State University investigators discovered childhood experiences […]

Women with Handsome Husbands May Feel More Pressure to Be Thin

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 11:00:44 +0000

A new study appearing in the journal Body Image shows that women evaluated as less attractive than their husbands feel more pressure to diet and be thin than women deemed […]

Brain Response to Stress Different For Those with Bulimia

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:45:29 +0000

Scientists have discovered that the brains of women with bulimia nervosa react differently to images of food after stressful events than the brains of women without bulimia. Investigators used magnetic […]