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To lose weight, and keep it off, be prepared to navigate interpersonal challenges
A new study highlights an unexpected challenge for those who have made a new year's resolution to lose weight: the people around you may consciously or subconsciously sabotage your efforts. The study also uncovered strategies that people use to navigate interpersonal challenges related to losing weight and keeping it off. (2017-02-02)

Your kids are what you eat
The eating habits of parents may play an important role in the development of obesity in children, according to research being presented today at the American Heart Association's L.J. Filer Jr. Third Annual Conference on Atherosclerosis in the Young. (2000-03-02)

Searching for long-term success in weight management? Forget dieting and eat regularly
Early adulthood is particularly critical for putting on weight. According to a recent study conducted at the University of Helsinki, common factors among young women and men who succeeded in managing their weight in the long term included eating regularly rather than dieting. (2018-03-23)

The difference in eating habits between men and women
When it comes to what we eat, men and women really are different according to scientific research presented today at the 2008 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. In general, men are more likely to report eating meat and poultry items and women are more likely to report eating fruits and vegetables. (2008-03-19)

Weight and eating habits in Parkinson's disease
A review of the scientific literature on Parkinson's disease, conducted by SISSA research scientists, shows that even the non-motor symptoms associated with the disease can contribute to the changes in body weight seen in patients (including those subjected to deep brain stimulation). Among the factors affecting eating habits and body weight there could be, for example, an impaired ability to derive pleasure from food and changes in motivation. (2014-11-20)

Temple researchers look for behavioral link between breastfeeding and lower risk of obesity
While breastfeeding has been shown to reduce the risk of childhood obesity, the reason isn't clear. Temple University researchers think it might have something to do with mom's attitudes and behavior at feeding time. (2008-10-28)

Unusual eating behaviors may be a new diagnostic indicator for autism
Atypical eating behaviors may be a sign a child should be screened for autism, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers who found that atypical eating behaviors were present in 70% of children with autism, which is 15 times more common than in neurotypical children. (2019-07-09)

More stroke awareness, better eating habits may help reduce stroke risk for young adult African-Americans
Young African-Americans are experiencing higher rates of stroke because of health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, yet their perception of their stroke risk is low. Increased education and better eating habits are important to help reduce stroke risk in young adults. (2020-02-12)

Food recognition in hundred-year-olds: this explains how our semantic memory works
A study by SISSA shows that, differently from younger individuals, centenarians recognise natural foods more accurately than processed foods, because they have eaten them with greater frequency during their lifetime. This result clarifies the mechanisms at the root of our semantic memory, that do not appear to depend on the characteristics of food alone but also on experience and eating habits throughout one's lifetime. (2018-05-10)

Eat, drink and be merry?
Fast food and soft drinks may be making children fatter but they also make them happy. Programs aimed at tackling childhood obesity, by reducing children's consumption of unhealthy nutrition, are likely to be more effective if they also actively seek to keep children happy in other ways, according to Professor Hung-Hao Chang from National Taiwan University and Professor Rodolfo Nayga from the University of Arkansas. This is published in Springer's Journal of Happiness Studies. (2009-04-14)

Facebook users more prone to developing eating disorders
The results of this new study showed that the more time girls spend on Facebook, the more they suffered conditions of bulimia, anorexia, physical dissatisfaction, negative physical self-image, negative approach to eating and more of an urge to be on a weight-loss diet. Extensive online exposure to fashion and music content showed similar tendencies, but manifested in fewer types of eating disorders. (2011-02-07)

Preschoolers eat healthy when parents set rules about food, UB study finds
Preschoolers whose parents have rules about what their children can and cannot eat have healthier eating habits than those raised without such rules, according to a new study by pediatrics researchers at the University at Buffalo. (2014-11-07)

Study: College students not eating enough fruits and veggies
College students aren't eating enough fruits and vegetables -- in fact, a new study shows students aren't even eating one serving per day, far from the recommended five daily servings. The study by Oregon State University researchers surveyed the eating habits of 582 college students, a majority of which were first-year students. The study, now online in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, compares male and female students, but found that both were not getting the proper amount of fruits and vegetables. (2011-08-17)

Social media users 'copy' friends' eating habits
Social media users are more likely to eat fruit and veg -- or snack on junk food -- if they think their friends do the same, a new study has found. (2020-02-06)

Are plant-based eating habits associated with lower diabetes risk?
This study (called a systematic review and meta-analysis) combined the results of nine studies and examined the association between adherence to plant-based eating habits and risk of type 2 diabetes in adults. The analysis included 307,099 adults with 23,544 cases of type 2 diabetes. (2019-07-22)

Late dinner and no breakfast is a killer combination
People who skip breakfast and eat dinner near bedtime have worse outcomes after a heart attack. That's the finding of research published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). (2019-04-18)

Helping dementia patients remember to eat well improves physical and mental health
A new analysis has found that a combination of methods that help patients with dementia to remember proper eating habits can improve their physical health and lessen symptoms of depression. Published early online in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, the study indicates that clinicians should consider using this intervention in individuals with dementia who also have poor nutrition and signs of depression. (2013-02-28)

Eating disorders linked to increased risk of theft and other criminal behavior
In an analysis of nearly 960,000 females, individuals with eating disorders were more likely to be convicted of theft and other crimes. (2017-08-09)

USC researchers find nutrition and exercise program can help kids lose weight
A family-centered activity and nutrition program for children organized at a Los Angeles pediatric diabetes center successfully got children to exercise, eat healthier and recognize habits that lead to gaining weight, according to a study presented Saturday at the American Diabetes Association's 61st Annual Scientific Sessions. (2001-06-24)

New study examines impact of new media on eating habits
A new study by Rochester Institute of Technology is one of the first to analyze how new-media technology, including the Internet and smartphones, are changing college students' eating habits and their relationship to food. Findings indicate that individuals are more likely to have meals while sitting at the computer than at the kitchen table, and that they use social media as the main avenue to obtain recipe and nutritional information. (2011-03-29)

Sexual minority youth have higher rates of disordered eating behaviors
Sexual minority boys and girls are more likely to purge or take laxatives, use diet pills, or fast to lose weight than their straight peers, and those disordered eating trends may not be improving, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. (2016-07-21)

1 in 4 Palestinian children goes without breakfast
The eating habits of children and adolescents are studied in one of the abstracts published online by the Lancet, with the disturbing findings that one in four children miss breakfast, one in 10 is anemic, and one in 17 is stunted. (2010-07-01)

Poor eating behaviors may put preschoolers at risk for later health problems
How kids eat their food may turn out to be just as important as what they eat, according to a new study out of St. Michael's Hospital. (2013-06-17)

Almond joy: Eating just a handful a day boosts diet health, study shows
Just add a handful of almonds: a University of Florida study suggests that improving one's diet can be as simple as that. (2016-02-22)

Healthy outlook leads to a healthy lifestyle: study
A 'can do' attitude is the key to a healthy lifestyle, University of Melbourne economists have determined. (2012-09-13)

U of M finds teens who eat breakfast daily eat healthier diets than those who skip breakfast
University of Minnesota School of Public Health Project Eating Among Teens researchers have found further evidence to support the importance of encouraging youth to eat breakfast regularly. Researchers examined the association between breakfast frequency and five-year body weight change in more than 2,200 adolescents, and the results indicate that daily breakfast eaters consumed a healthier diet and were more physically active than breakfast skippers during adolescence. (2008-03-03)

Battling the bulge in adolescents
According to the Center for Disease Control, 9 million young people in America are overweight, making the need to promote nutrition and health a public priority. Teaching children about healthy eating habits is an important part of student health education in public schools. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, technology-based teaching was more effective in increasing adolescent development of self-efficacy for healthy eating. (2004-07-15)

New method improves eating skills of dementia patients
A pioneering international study involving academics from the University of Sheffield has shown for the first time that it is possible to improve the eating skills and nutritional status of older people with dementia. (2010-01-28)

Too many returns this holiday? How loyal customers can hurt sales
Many people have strong habits when it comes to shopping, preferring favorite stores and favorite brands. But a new study in the Journal of Marketing Research suggests that these same shoppers may have hidden habits that are hurting sales. (2014-12-09)

Research examines college students' knowledge about eating disorders
They could be the peer that a friend turns to for help. But University of Cincinnati research suggests it can be tough for college students to spot some of the warning signs indicating or leading to eating disorders. (2011-10-31)

Fasting for Lent forces hyenas to change diet
Many Christians give up certain foods for Lent, however ecologists have discovered these changes in human diet have a dramatic impact on the diet of wild animals. In Ethiopia, members of the Orthodox Tewahedo Church stop eating meat and dairy products during a 55-day fast before Easter. As a result, spotted hyenas too change their eating habits, new research in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Animal Ecology has found. (2012-04-04)

Are you 'at risk' of being a habitual tofu eater?
Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS) in Japan and colleagues at Osaka University have found genetic variations in humans related to specific dietary habits. Published in Nature Human Behaviour, the genome-wide association study found 9 gene locations associated with eating and drinking foods like meat, tofu, cheese, tea, and coffee. Among them, three were also related to having particular diseases such as cancer or diabetes. (2020-01-29)

Prevention of bad lifestyle habits should be tackled even before 13 years
Bad eating habits, ingestion of alcohol, sedentary lifestyles -- all unhealthy life habits that are already being detected in early adolescence and that are especially predominant amongst women and young people between the ages of 19 and 26. The prevention campaigns should take very much into consideration these groups at risk and even take into account those less than 13 years. (2010-12-30)

Good intentions versus bad habits: Why the old ways win out
Why are old habits so hard to break? A new study suggests that over time, our bad habits (such as smoking cigarettes or over eating) become automatic, learned behaviors. Even if we consciously try to put new good intentions into place, those previously learned habits remain stronger in more automatic, unconscious forms of memory. (2004-11-15)

Eating junk food whilst pregnant and breastfeeding may lead to obese offspring
Mothers who eat junk food during pregnancy and breastfeeding may be putting their children at risk of overeating and developing obesity, according to a study funded by the Wellcome Trust and carried out at the Royal Veterinary College, London. The research suggests that pregnant and breastfeeding women should not indulge in fatty, sugary and salty foods under the misguided assumption that they are (2007-08-14)

Healthy habits die hard: In times of stress, people lean on established routines -- even healthy ones
Stress and exhaustion may turn us into zombies, but a novel study shows that mindless behavior doesn't just lead to overeating and shopping sprees -- it can also cause us to stick with behaviors that are good for us. (2013-05-27)

Food insecurity linked with binge-eating disorder and obesity
Food insecurity -- difficulty affording enough food to support regular, balanced meals -- was associated with increased likelihoods of binge-eating disorder and obesity in a recent International Journal of Eating Disorders study. (2018-12-19)

Women who accept their bodies more likely to eat healthy
Women who accept their bodies the way they are seem to be more likely to follow principles of healthy eating, new research shows. The findings suggest that women's typical reasons for changing their diet -- a dissatisfaction with their bodies -- may backfire. The message that women often hear is that some degree of body dissatisfaction is healthy because it could help them strive to take care of their bodies. (2006-08-11)

Eating habits matter most with overweight children
Some children gain weight faster than others. Eating habits play a much bigger role in child obesity than physical activity does. (2015-07-16)

How obesity re-wires the brain's neurological food suppression system
Overeating, by cutting the brain's natural brakes on food intake, may result in neurological changes that continue to fuel pathological eating and lead to obesity, reports a new study in mice. (2019-06-27)

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