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What Harm is There in Labeling Obesity a Disease?

January 29th, 2014
What harm is There in Labeling Obesity a DiseaseSuggesting that obesity is a disease, rather than a condition, may prove counterproductive as the description appears to reduce the motivation of obese individuals to control their ...

Impulsive Personality Tied to Food ‘Addiction’

January 27th, 2014
Impulsive Personality Tied to Food 'Addiction'According to new research, people with impulsive personalities are more likely to develop an addiction to food. Investigators from the University of Georgia determined the same kinds of impulsive behavior ...

Americans Tend to Blame Themselves for Obesity

January 23rd, 2014
Americans Tend to Blame Themselves for ObesityAmerican policymakers have targeted the fast food industry as a leading influence on the obesity epidemic. A new study, however, discovers Americans actually blame themselves for the problem, providing an ...

Being Bullied Can Lessen Physical Activity Later

January 17th, 2014
Being Bullied Can Lessen Physical Activity LaterOverweight or obese children are often teased when they exercise, which can cause a child to be less likely to participate in physical activity one year later, according to new research. The ...

Stand Up to Help Improve Your Health

January 16th, 2014
Stand Up to Help Improve Your Health Emerging research paints a sad picture for those of us who sit for most of the day. Researchers have found that for sitters, even jogging or being ...

Planning Can Help Maintain Self-Control

January 16th, 2014
Planning Can Help Maintain Self-Control  New research suggests that contrary to settled opinion, self-control is not a limited resource. Nevertheless, self-control is more difficult to embrace when a person is tired, such as at ...

Weight Loss Messages May Backfire

January 9th, 2014
woman infront of fridge binge eating SSThe goal to lose weight is the most popular New Year’s resolution, as more than two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for ...

Mental Health Benefits from Green Spaces

January 8th, 2014
Mental Health Benefits from Green SpacesA new study finds that green space in towns and cities could lead to significant and sustained improvements in mental health. UK researchers analyzed data that followed people over a ...

Financial Rewards Motivate Health Behavioral Change

January 7th, 2014
Financial Rewards Motivate Health Behavioral Change As the world struggles with an obesity epidemic, experts recommend incentives to motivate individuals to perform healthy activities -- be it recognition for walking 10,000 steps a day, ...

Minorities, Poor at Greater Risk for Insomnia, Chronic Disease

January 2nd, 2014
Minorities, Poor at Greater Risk for Insomnia, Chronic DiseaseMinorities and poor people disproportionately suffer from sleep problems and chronic disease, but the two do not appear to be directly linked, according to a new study ...