Posts Tagged ‘food cues’

Retrain the Brain to Treat Obesity?

July 27, 2016 — A body of fascinating research is coming together to suggest that it might be possible to retrain the brain and alter its response to food cues in a way that provides meaningful reductions in obesity. The promise lies with interventions that use insights about brain responses to food and inhibit the brain activity that contributes […]

Calming the Brain’s Response to Food

April 4, 2016 — Your brain’s response to food is one of the key tools that your body uses to protect you from starving or losing too much weight. Even bad food starts looking really good and thoughts about food crowd out everything else in the brain. In a featured presentation at ENDO 2016, Olivia Farr and colleagues demonstrated that […]

Second-hand Eating

April 23, 2015 — Everybody knows that food cues all around us can affect how much we eat. Big servings, hovering relatives, food at hand, and food marketing all can have the effect of prompting us to eat a little more or something else that we don’t really want. Second-hand eating has even earned a place in the Urban Dictionary […]

Forgetting the Difference Between Mice, Men, and Women

February 28, 2015 — The difference between mice, men, and women is eluding health journalists who are churning out headlines about common food ingredients — emulsifiers — causing obesity, metabolic syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease. The study that prompted this enthusiastic reporting probes the effects of two very common emulsifiers — cellulose gum and polysorbate — on the microbiome […]

Scientists Discover Children Are Impulsive and Immature

February 16, 2015 — In a stunning breakthrough, scientists have discovered that children are impulsive and immature. Publishing their findings in Eating Behavior, Astrid Junhans and colleagues uncovered “the necessity of improving children’s self-regulatory skills to support their desire to remain healthy.” In other words, they found that kids need to grow up. They made this discovery by comparing […]

You Are Where You Eat

January 8, 2015 — In dealing with obesity, it may be that healthy choices are overrated. Where you eat — healthy environments — may be more important than resolving to make healthy choices. How can this be? In a recent interview with NPR, psychologist David Neal explains: Once a behavior had been repeated a lot, especially if the person does it […]