3 Myths About Eating Disorders Debunked

Eating disorders can be very difficult to understand. In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, take some time to learn a bit more about these disorders and the truth behind a handful of myths that surround them.

4 Tips to (Really) Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution

Do your New Year's resolutions sound familiar? Like maybe from last year...or the year before? Read on to learn about a handful of common psychological pitfalls that might be sabotaging our efforts and leaving us with the same goals each year.

Turkey Day Survival Guide

Helpful ways to celebrate Thanksgiving in moderation

A Physician Shares Her Private Struggle With Food Addiction

Australian physician describes the many parallels between her experience with sugar-rich foods and substance dependence.

World’s Largest Calorie Eating Contest

As children, many of us were taught that we couldn’t leave the dinner table unless we finished what was on our plates. This was a good strategy for parents to ensure that we are getting enough nutrients, but what happens as our plates get bigger?

A Link Between Metabolic Syndrome and Mental Decline?

Evidence shows that poor physical health is related to a decline in cognitive functioning and suggests how we can intervene

The Summer Slide

Summer vacation is usually thought of as a time for fun in the sun, but for some children and teens, these months can mean more screen time and less healthy food options.

Hunger Gains

Going too long between meals can increase the appeal of high calorie foods and sabotage your weight loss efforts.

Less Is More

The assumption that more is always better may not be true when it comes to food variety.

A “Normal” Day for a Kid in a Sugar-Saturated World

Most parents want to feed their children well-balanced, nutritional meals and snacks that will support healthy growth and development, however, many food and beverage products on the market today that appear okay for kids contain high amounts of sugar.

Why Diets Fail

We've all been there – January 1st marks the first day to get back in shape, start eating healthily, or fit back into our pre-baby jeans. And we've all been here – February 1st and realizing that many of these changes haven't stuck. Why do our diet attempts frequently fail and how can we make real, long lasting changes in our diet?

How Sugar Affects the Brain

We often hear about how sugar affects our waistlines, but how does it affect our brain?

One Addiction to the Next

When trying to cut down on one unhealthy behavior, like overeating, another may step in and take its place. Who might be particularly vulnerable to addiction transfer, and how can you anticipate this and be proactive to avoid it?

Sugar Cravings

It’s officially the start of “sugar season” when cooler weather and holiday fun (or stress) make most of us turn to our favorite sugary indulgences and comfort foods. First it’s the leftover candy you have from the trick-or-treat bowl (just ONE piece won’t hurt, right?). Then, before you know it, you’re enjoying a slice of pumpkin pie here, a peppermint latte there...

The Fine Line Between FITSPO and Pro-ANA

In the age of social media, we have access to millions of images at the click of a button. But in a society fighting obesity, sometimes our culture’s emphasis on diet, exercise, weight loss can mask or seemingly legitimize what are actually patterns of disordered eating and compulsive exercise. This maybe why some FITSPO images more disturbing than inspirational.

Why School Lunch ISN’T Making Kids Fat

Many school districts have changed their lunch program to adopt a more healthy menu. But it isn't working. Why is it that the change from 800-calorie Sloppy Joes to whole grains and bigger portions of fruits and vegetables hasn’t made a different? It is simple: we abruptly changed the foods and didn’t consider the psychological aspects of eating.

The American Diet

Why are the statistics on America’s prevalence of overweight and obesity so dismal? One of the main culprits leading to our obesity epidemic is our diet and the dramatic decrease in the food quality as we went from a nation that relied on procuring food from local farms to one that mass-produces and prepackages.

The Truth Behind Fad Diets

Whether it's "No fats for a month" or "1,000 calories a day", these fad diets have been consistently popular, but studies have shown that your body's reactions to such dieting can actually cause more weight gain than loss.

The Obesity Stigma

Most of us are well aware of the negative health consequences that result from obesity and yet many people still don't know about the negative social consequences that also result from obesity.

Stop Playing With My Kids' Food

We all try our best to encourage children to eat a healthy diet and minimize their junk food exposure. Part of this means that we have to explain to kids why it is important to eat a healthy diet and avoid processed foods.

Hidden Sugars

Americans are consuming more sugar than we should, 3-4 times more than recommended by the American Heart Association. Many people are trying to cut back on added sweeteners, opting for foods that are “sugar-free” or “natural.” It is a great idea to try to eat healthier and cutting back on added sugars is one way to achieve that goal. However, it isn’t easy.

Easter Is the New Halloween

Long gone are the days of chocolate bunnies and a few handfuls of jelly beans. Now, almost every candy maker has gotten in on the Easter basket action. Peanut butter cups in pastel foil, spring-colored M&Ms, gummy-bunnies (instead of bears), and chocolate-coated, sugar-covered marshmallow chicks are just a few examples of the myriad of choices we have this season.

Living to Eat

Under normal conditions drugs and food are very different. However, because the brain reward systems responsible for making drugs of abuse so addictive are the same pleasure systems that are activated by the foods we eat, our brains can have a hard time differentiating between the pleasure derived from mild doses of some drugs of abuse and some types of palatable foods.

Mind Your P’s and (Food) Cues

A pair of arches, words written across a bottle in a certain fancy script, and a green mermaid/goddess on a paper cup. These are images that, when we see them, can spark a sudden desire to want to eat or drink certain foods or beverages. The effects of food cues may have a subtle but powerful influence on our decisions regarding what to eat and drink.

Is Food Addiction Real or Bogus?

Author, speaker and sustainable living expert Michael Prager guest blogs about his experience trying to get help with his obesity, discovering his addiction to food through treatment, and how it changed his life.

Size Does Matter

The debate wages on regarding whether banning sugar-sweetened beverages is really going to help combat the obesity epidemic. If we put aside for a minute the other issues that have arisen out of this debate and focus exclusively on the core of the issue, the size of the beverages, science has shown pretty clearly one thing: the bigger the beverage, the more you will drink.

Food Fight

French bread pizza, tater tots, and sloppy-joes—for many, these foods are symbolic of the staples of the traditional school lunch. However, thanks to school lunch reform they are smaller and don’t taste the same as they used to, leading many kids across the country to publicly voice their distaste over their new school lunches.

Let Them Eat Cake?

There is one common denominator at every birthday party—the cake. While this is a seemingly harmless tradition, upon further reflection, one wonders if we are teaching kids to celebrate with food, and sending them down the road of using food as a reward or as a way to celebrate their accomplishments.

Portrait of a Food Addict

Most people now are overweight. Surely, you have heard all kinds of explanations about why so many people are overweight, but there’s one explanation that has been proposed that sometimes elicits a chuckle, or at least a smirk.