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The particular stressors of the holiday season can make it difficult to listen to your body. InspirationGP/iStock via Getty Images

Do you eat with your eyes, your gut or your brain? A neuroscientist explains how to listen to your hunger during the holidays

You likely know that the sight and smell of food can trigger cravings. But internal cues from your gut and your brain play just as important a role in the decisions you make around food.
Clean and safe city parks can be important factors in supporting kids’ health and well-being. paci77/DigitalVision Vectors via Getty Images

Fixing the global childhood obesity epidemic begins with making healthy choices the easier choices – and that requires new laws and policies

Obese children outnumber underweight ones globally, and ‘social determinants’ in kids’ lived environments play a fundamental role. Obesity in kids can lead to a lifetime of poor health.
Social media posts featuring unhealthy foods get more likes and engagement. But there are ways to change that. (Borzoo Moazami, Unsplash)

Food for thought: How your mindset can make healthy food more alluring on social media

New research finds that switching to a more thoughtful mindset can increase engagement with healthier food options on social media.
The traditional assumption that eating disorders primarily affect affluent white women has led to stigma, stereotyping and misunderstanding. toondelamour/E+ via Getty Images

Eating disorders among teens have more than doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic – here’s what to watch for

Eating disorders in teens are common and dangerous, and parents and loved ones play a crucial role in helping to both identify concerning behaviors and promote healthy ones.
Engaging with people who accept and appreciate your body as it is can help you feel more at peace with how you look. Hinterhaus Productions/DigitalVision via Getty Images

8 ways to manage body image anxiety after lockdown

After over a year of stress eating and seeing each other only through screens, anxiety over changes in physical appearance can make socializing again a daunting prospect.
Moms and dads have better physical and mental health when they dine with their children – despite all the work of a family meal. Thomas Barwick/DigitalVision via Getty Images

Family meals are good for the grown-ups, too, not just the kids

All that planning, shopping, prepping, serving and cleaning can pay off with better physical and mental health for all members of the family.
Doctors have told people who are overweight to exercise more and eat less, when in fact their overweight may be due to genetic or other factors that exercise won’t change. UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity

A doctor’s open apology to those fighting overweight and obesity

All too often the medical community ‘fat-shames’ patients trying to lose weight, when in fact obesity and overweight are complicated medical issues.

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