Financial Incentives and Penalties Can Help People Stick with a Weight Loss Program and Lose More
© Alan Cleaver

Obese people rewarded with $20 for losing 4 pounds in a month were far more likely to lose significant weight than people given no such cash incentives. Full Story

Weight Loss
Women Who Read Food Labels Weigh Less © Sukkulaati

Need to lose a few pounds? Consider this – women who regularly read the nutritional information on food labels weigh about 9 pounds less, on average, than women who don’t.

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Self-Control
Weight Control: Forget Willpower! © Dread Pirate Jeff

Researchers say that people with high self-control don't really have more willpower, they just stop enjoying junk food faster. Fortunately, by paying close attention to the amount consumed, even people with low self-control can become sated faster. 

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Obesity
Weight Control: Tiny Pieces of Food Fill You Up Faster © Hmerinomx

Researchers say one way we judge food quantity is by evaluating how many pieces of food we have to eat on our plate, so if you’re trying to lose weight, you can trick your mind into accelerated satiety by cutting food into tiny pieces.

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Body Image
Lots of Eating Disorders Among Older Women © Corrie Howell

Although we may think eating disorders are a young person’s problem, new research out of The University of North Carolina demonstrates that even after 50, women are still very prone to disordered eating and body image problems.

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Body Image
Fashion: Israel Bans Anorexic Look © JustJasmine

Models with a BMI score of under 18.5 need no longer apply for fashion work in Israel.

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Obesity
NHS Fights Obesity with Talking Plates © Lakewentworth

To tackle obesity, the National Health Service in the UK is trying out dinner plates which measure your rate of consumption and deliver recorded messages when you start eating too quickly

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Food Addiction
NIDA Backs the Idea of Food Addiction © Malias

Can’t stop eating? Maybe you’re addicted to food – researchers say that the brains of compulsive eaters respond to the thought of fatty/sugary foods like the brains of alcoholics respond to the thought of a drink.

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Obesity
Using Neuroscience to Cure Obesity © Alfon...

Researchers at Rush University Medical Center say they’ve figured out how to help people lose weight – and that typical forms of obesity counseling; which involve helping obese people learn strategies overcome cravings to eat high calories foods, just don’t work.

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Anorexia
Anorexics 6 Times More Likely to Die © Victoria EMily

After wading through study data on more than 17 000 people with eating disorders, researchers have determined that anorexia nervosa is the most lethal of all mental illness – by far.

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Eating Disorders
Yoplait Cancels Comerical that Promoted Disordered Eating © Taragulwell

After hearing complaints from the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), Yoplait Yogurt has decided to cancel a commercial that normalized the obsessive thoughts and behaviors inherent in eating disorders.

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Eating Disorders
Spring Babies at Increased Risk for Eating Disorders © !*S4N7Y*!

British researchers who examined the medical records of anorexia patients say that an unusual number of these patients were born between March and June.

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Family History
Obesity and Alcoholism © Tony Alter

Women with a family history of alcoholism are 49% more likely to be obese than women without a close relative alcoholic. Researchers suspect that people with a genetic predisposition for alcoholism are also more likely to stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain with overeating.

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Social Networking
Facebook Linked to Eating Disorders © Madamepsychosis

Got a teen daughter that spends hours a day glued to Facebook? Well, watch out, because according to some research out of Israel, girls who spend more time on the social networking site are at greater risk to experience an eating disorder.

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Teenagers
More Than a Half Million Americans Teens have an Eating Disorder © Burnt out impurities

Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health have just released the data on the largest and most representative study ever completed on teen eating disorder prevalence. What they found? – More than half a million American teens suffer from an eating disorder and more than half of these kids also live at least one other mental illness.

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Anorexia Is the Most Dangerous Mental Illness – Anorexics Almost 6 Times More Likely to Die © Victoria EMily
After wading through study data on more than 17 000 people with eating disorders, researchers have determined that anorexia nervosa is the most lethal of all mental illness – by far. Read Article
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