Train your brain to crave healthy food

September 9, 2014

By Jacque Wilson It may be possible to rewire your brain so that it wants — craves, even — healthier foods. How? By following a healthy diet. We know, that wasn’t the quick fix to afternoon ice cream binges you were hoping for. But this research could lead to a more sci-fi solution to the obesity […]

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Heart-healthy lifestyles can spread through social networks

December 16, 2013

Heart-healthy lifestyles can be contagious to your family and friends. In a late-breaking clinical trial presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013, people in social networks who received an intervention to tackle their weight problems together lost an average 6½ pounds more and trimmed an extra 1¼ inches from their waists compared with […]

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Teens who beat obesity at risk for eating disorders

September 12, 2013

By Michelle Healy Teens who were once overweight or obese are at a significant risk of developing an eating disorder as they lose weight, but identification and treatment of the condition is often delayed because of their weight history, researchers say. “For some reason we are just not thinking that these kids are at risk. […]

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Obesity gene tests may not hamper weight-loss efforts

September 10, 2013

Genetic testing for obesity risk does not discourage people from trying to lose weight —instead, it may help reduce how much they blame themselves for their weight problems, according to a small new study. Research has shown that genes influence a person’s risk of becoming overweight and one gene, called FTO, appears to have the […]

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Can personal technology stop the obesity epidemic?

September 28, 2012

Sept. 25, 2012, Scientific American By Katherine Harmon So much of our information from — and interaction with — the world is now mediated by computers, cell phones, and tablets that health experts have been practically running themselves ragged trying to find ways to use these conduits to help people make healthier choices.

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