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Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

Why can’t I lose weight? Optimism is key to taking off the pounds. By Julie Jarrett Marcuse, Ph.D.

Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease Is Easier Than You Think

By Georgia Ede MD on September 07, 2016 in Diagnosis: Diet
The long, slow journey to Alzheimer's Disease begins in your twenties. Find out if you are already on the road to dementia, and how you can change course right now.

Happiness Is (Literally) a Bowl of Cherries

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 05, 2016 in Cravings
Can eating healthier foods make you a happier person? Researchers say "yes!"

9 Ways to Say "No!"

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 31, 2016 in Cravings
Having trouble turning other people down? Try a variation on "no."

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When Food = Love, Saying "No" Can Be Tough

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 23, 2016 in Cravings
Whether it's a box of candy or a second helping of your grandma's famous lasagna, sometime you have to (carefully) refuse.

Are You Nourishing Yourself?

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that nourishing yourself is so much more than what you eat.

Fusion Cuisine

The FATT Initiative: Food as Tasteful Therapy. Why it is good eats and good medicine for us all.

Football Fan? if Your Team Loses You May Gain Weight

Snacking while watching football may not be the only reason you'll gain weight

How Volunteering Helps You

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 16, 2016 in Cravings
Want a long and happy life? Help someone else stay healthy.
By Ivan Baña (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Why Do You Always Have Room for Dessert?

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in Science of Choice
Research consistently shows that exposure to a variety of foods results in overeating and weight gain.

Is Extreme Childhood Obesity 'Nutritional Neglect'?

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on September 14, 2016 in The Gravity of Weight
By the latest statistics, about 17% of children and adolescents in the U.S. are obese and of these almost 6% are extremely obese. To what extent should parents be held accountable?

Why Is It So Hard to Lose Weight After Antidepressants?

You needed the help of medication. You gained weight. You don't need the medication anymore, so why are you still chubby?

Why Dieting With a Light Switch Mentality Can Be a Turnoff

By Gregg McBride on September 10, 2016 in The Weight-ing Game
Being "on" or "off" of a diet has become part of the weight loss industry vernacular. But this way of thinking can often lead to more weight gain than actual weight loss.

5 Reasons Why We Eat More Than We Realize

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 09, 2016 in Science of Choice
Human eating behavior is not solely regulated by homeostatic mechanisms but also by the food reward system.

Scaling the Walls of Weight Loss

By Kristin Meekhof on September 07, 2016 in A Widow's Guide to Healing
How one man lost 160 lbs and has kept it off for six years

No More Diets... and Other AAP Recommendations

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on September 06, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics warn against dieting and other weight-focused interventions.

Has Obesity Prevention Led to a New Epidemic?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on September 06, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
Are eating disorders the collateral damage in our war against obesity?

Weight Loss Pills And Products Don't Work And Aren't Safe

By Allen J Frances M.D. on September 04, 2016 in Saving Normal
Diet pills and products aren't safe and don't work. Exercise, healthy diet and policy changes are the only solutions.

Get Out of Your Food Rut!

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 04, 2016 in Cravings
Have more fun with food and you may have more fun in your life.

Lonely, Bored, Overeating?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 02, 2016 in Cravings
Looking for simple, non-edible ways to fill empty time? Just look around you.

Food Addiction Is Not About Willpower

Food addiction is an obsessiveness with food and with your body.

Does Climate Affect Economic Growth?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 30, 2016 in The Human Beast
Economic development goes along with a temperate climate, such as Europe's. Conversely, most of the poorest countries in the world are concentrated in the steamy tropics. Why?

Dissecting the Clean-Eating Meme

By Emily T. Troscianko on August 29, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
At the heart of 'clean eating' is a potent metaphor. It's worth taking a long hard look at its threats and promises and the rest of its dangerous box of cognitive tricks.

Farm Animal Suffering Leaves a Bad Taste In Your Mouth

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Animals and Us
In a series of recent experiments, researchers found that whether we think animals were raised humanely or on a factory farm affects the way their meat tastes.

Will Sugar Take Away the New Baby Blues?

I love this baby so much! But why do I need to eat and sleep all the time?

Dissection of a Food Binge

By Frances Kuffel on August 23, 2016 in What Fat Women Want
I wanted more than practicing normal. I wanted more than I had at hand. I wanted OUT – out of my apartment, out of my anger and resentment and loneliness.

What's the 4-Letter Word Your Diet Might Be Missing?

By Gregg McBride on August 20, 2016 in The Weight-ing Game
Wanting a quick fix (which can include fads, pills or even surgery), some dieters often ignore the actual "work" it takes to successfully lose excess weight once and for all.
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Feed Your Body, Feed Your Brain

By Susan Noonan MD on August 20, 2016 in View From the Mist
Maybe “you are what you eat” is not just an old wives tale?

The Danger of Talking to Children About Weight

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on August 16, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
How our misguided quest for health and wellness in our children may be causing harm, and what to do about it.

Help! I Am Gaining Weight Watching the Food Network?

Who among us does not look at these cooking shows and daydream about some of the recipes shown?

Go Wild and Grow Happy, Part 2

What went right in the hunter-gatherer life? We don't have to suffer from depression and anxiety. Here are some simple ways to live a more natural life and re-invite "being here."
By Vouliagmeni (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

How to Prevent Cravings?

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on August 08, 2016 in Science of Choice
A key lesson of behavioral economics is the power of the context that shapes behavior and overrides individuals’ intentions.

How Many Fruits and Vegetables to Eat to Boost Your Mood?

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on August 08, 2016 in Urban Survival
New study shows that eight portions of fruit and vegetables boosts your mood as much as getting a job.

Learning to Love My Body—All of It

Take active measures to heal your body dissatisfaction and I promise that over time, it will get easier.