The drive to overeat may be rooted in survival brain circuits.
New weight loss approaches seek to switch off the brain patterns that drive overeating and weight regain. Here's how that works, and how it could help you.
Eating a delicious doughnut now seems more rewarding than the nebulous concept of “better future health”.
People tend to value potential future rewards less than similar immediate rewards when they must choose between them. Psychologists and economists call this “delay discounting”.
The Wizard of Oz promised results he could not deliver but was convincing in his presentation. Diet wizards have done the same for decades.
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Dieting fads have been around for more than a century, but none of them has been shown to curb obesity long-term. The good news is that scientific evidence is revealing treatments that do work.
A man who is overweight walking alone in a park. Walking with a doctor could be helpful for overweight patients.
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Health care providers often recommend exercise to overweight people as a way to lose weight, but that often does not work. Injuries can occur, and frustration can mount. Can walking with them work?
John Fekner’s art warned others of toxins poisoning the planet.
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Diet books aren't just fluff. They offer a powerful insight into who Americans are – and how we wish the world could be.
Another day, another diet.
For centuries, people have been trying to lose weight in all sorts of ways – including drinking vinegar, avoiding swamps and stocking up on grapefruit.
The price of weight loss is lifelong vigilance
A very low-carb diet can prompt changes in your brain similar to that caused by the illicit drug GHB.
Some people on very low-carb diets say they feel euphoric, have clear minds and lose their appetite. Here's why.
There are many types of “fasting” diets. But are they any better than restricting your energy intake the old fashioned way?
Fasting diets aim to make it easier to stick to a weight loss program, but they are not for everyone.
Three stories about researchers who have dabbled in self-experimentation – with varying results.
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As obesity has become a health concern globally, weight loss information has proliferated – with questionable effects on its prevalence.
Big daddies are also more attractive … apparently.
Having a bit of a tummy might not be the end of the world for men after all.
Crunchy, and sustainable.
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Humans have eaten insects for centuries, but western diets seem to have lost the taste for them.
Bad for you, bad for the environment.
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In a warming world with a growing population and dwindling resources, we can no longer afford to eat food that's bad for both our health and the environment.
It may not be burgers for breakfast, but the diets that have launched some big online careers aren't as healthy as you might think.
Shoppers have had it with supermarket science and instead are embracing more holistic styles of eating.
Crop production can play a crucial role in helping improve nutrition through dietary diversity.
People living in rural parts of South Africa lack diversity in their eating because a starch based diet is perceived as cheaper and is very common.
Eating more frozen food could help us reduce waste, beat the obesity epidemic and have more money in our pockets – what's not to like.
Children who are raised as vegetarians grow and develop at the same rate as meat-eaters.
Many children are born into families which are vegetarian for cultural, religious, health, ethical or economical reasons. But are they getting the nutrients they need for growth and development?
Good news. Taking a break from your diet every so often will help you lose weight in the long term.
Allowing yourself a treat every now and then will stop you failing in the long run.