We're all familiar with the sadness triggered by break-ups and life's other causes for grief. But what's interesting (at least to appetite researchers) is that its effects on our eating behavior are far from predictable.
Gobble Day is here. Are you preparing to stuff yourself? Or already lying on the sofa clutching your food baby? The truth is that Thanksgiving dinner is structured in such a way that even the most bird-like eater is likely to overindulge.
Eating is generally unlikely to kill you. But this doesn’t necessarily stop preschoolers, dieters and people with anorexia being afraid of it. Two behavioral therapy tools may help alleviate food-related fright: exposure, and response prevention.
On Friday afternoon, my (mostly American) coworkers asked me for my honest opinion about the Royal Wedding. Since attending my friends’ fabulous wedding-related gathering I now realize that by far the most important thing about it was the opportunity to indulge in a glorious nationwide orgy of Party Food Nostalgia.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that people like money. And they really, really hate losing it. So, if you’re keen to quit your junk-food habit, flatter me by doing the following thought experiment. What if the next time you gave into temptation you knew you also had to hand over $1000 of your hard-earned cash?
It's Valentine's Day - the only day of the year specially dedicated to the celebration of love and romance. But does being love-struck make you slim and gorgeous, or transform you into a big ball of loved-up blubber? Research suggests it's a bit of both.
Do you occasionally get an overwhelming desire to stuff your face with something you shouldn’t? Food cravings can be difficult to vanquish. But new research suggests you may be able to beat them simply by using your imagination...
Ever get the feeling you're [stifled yawn] just not getting enough sleep? The impact of sleep deprivation on our mental faculties is well known. But now it looks like being chronically sleep-poor might make us stout as well as stupid.
Sweet tooth? Personally, I think I might have a salty one. Candy bars can sit in my fridge untouched for eons while a nice wedge of gouda disappears in a matter of seconds. But why do we all have such different taste preferences?
It is really, really hot in New York at the moment. But what are the effects of this ambient heat on body weight? Can you really sweat out calories? Or are we more likely to shiver them off when winter comes round?
Models stay slim by eating nothing but celery sticks, right? Apparently not: the rabbit food is frequently washed down with large volumes of calorie-packed alcoholic drinks. ‘Drink more, stay thin' is a terrible public health message. But the awkward fact remains that alcohol (per se) doesn't make you nearly as fat as you might expect.
Let's face it, folks. It's important to maintain a healthy weight, but some of us are simply not destined to be thin no matter how hard we try, while others remain effortlessly skinny without even having to think about it. Why is this? Research suggests that the answer lies in our genes.
What is it about French actresses that makes them so attractive? The beautiful accent certainly helps. But they also tend to be gorgeous, leggy, toned and slim. And there's a popular belief that, despite a predilection for cheese, steak frites, and pain au chocolat, regular French women don't get fat either. Why should this be so?
Got kids? Live near kids? Used to be one? If you answered yes to any of those questions Halloween will not have passed you by unnoticed. But what are the longer term effects of monitoring your kids' diets day-to-day then letting them go crazy with candy on holidays and special occasions?
Remember when cigarette packets were just pretty little boxes with fancy lettering? Nope, neither do I. For as long as I can recall they've been covered with scary health warnings. And if you light up in the UK or Canada you might even get treated to a graphic image of a diseased lung or some rotting teeth. But can the shock-and-awe approach also get people to improve their eating habits?
Ever been out for dinner with a friend and watched in wonder as she ordered the tuna salad with no dressing then turned away the dessert trolley to save on calories? Your buddy is a ‘restrained eater'. But does it really make her thin and happy?
Last week a friend of mine told me if his girlfriend was getting fat and he felt less attracted to her, he'd let her know about it and encourage her to lose weight. Isn't it enough to be constantly bombarded with media images of skinny female perfection? Can't we even expect our boyfriends to think we're unconditionally beautiful, belly and all?
Just had a pay cut? Spurned by your lover? Can't get over the fact that the little guy won American Idol? When the initial gut-wrenching surge of anxiety subsides you may find yourself reaching for the chocolate brownies. This is because your adrenal gland unleashes cortisol - and cortisol tells your brain to get to the nearest vending machine and load up on candy.
Ever heard the phrase ‘obesity epidemic' and thought it seemed a bit peculiar? Obesity's just about eating too much and exercising too little isn't it? Maybe not. Some people think fatness is genuinely contagious and there's evidence to show they might be right.