Boxing up on obesity -Too much too cheap?

by Emilie

Recent research from the National Bureau of Economic Research investigating external forces influencing obesity has found that two particular factors that may be highly influential: Big-box stores and the proliferation of restaurants. In light of the skyrocketing obesity epidemic, much effort has been made in order to reveal some of the external and internal causes […]

Dr.T co-chairing the 2015 SPHN Preconference!

by Emilie

Another successful event for Dr. T; she was the co-chair of the 2015 Social Personality Health Network (SPHN) Preconference today! The SPHN presented the 7th Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Preconference, and topics that were discussed included socioeconomic and racial health disparities, stress, psychoneuroendocrinology, behavior change, meditation, body image, doctor-patient communication, sleep, and Big Data. Additionally, […]

The new crack: Why certain food cravings are hard to combat

by Emilie

Researchers at the University of Michigan have confirmed what has long been suspected: highly processed food like pizza and chocolate can have the same addictive effect on the brain as alcohol and drugs. The link between food and substance dependent effects in the brain has been indicated by many previous studies, but these researchers were […]

The error in the “eat less, move more” paradigm

by Emilie

The alarming rates of obesity have brought huge attention to trying to find effective treatments for this major public health issue. As you may know, much of the current research here in the DiSH lab investigates the implications of weight stigma on health, as there seem to be widespread misconceptions regarding the causes of obesity, […]

Are you having fun yet? -The role of framing in weight loss

by Emilie

There is nothing more frustrating than feeling like you’re not getting the desired results after making a real effort to keep hitting the gym and cutting back on the junk food. However, if this has ever been you, you are definitely not the only one, and a recent study from Cornell University may have done […]

Traci Mann is soon out with “Secrets from the Eating Lab”!

by Emilie

Dr. Traci Mann’s book, Secrets from the Eating Lab: the science of weight loss, the myth of willpower, and why you should never diet again, is finally available for pre-order and is hitting the shelves in April! Being Dr. T’s graduate advisor, the book is full of DiSH relevant research and is going to be […]

Another paper from Dr. T!

by Emilie

More great news here in the DiSH lab! Dr. T’s paper, written in collaboration with Dr. Lowry, on evaluating the effectiveness of BodPod in individuals at the lower end of the BMI distribution, just got published in the PLOS ONE journal! The BodPod is a neat device that lets you estimate body fat percentage. But is […]

Dr. T featured in U magazine!

by Emilie

Our very own Dr. T, along with Dr. McCurdy, staff psychologist with the UCLA Eating Disorders Program,  were featured today in UCLA’s Health magazine! They discussed the role of psychology in obesity, in particular the implications of stigma and prejudice towards overweight people. What’s the relationship between who we think are unhealthy and who actually are […]

“How am I doing?” – Why tracking your goals might be harder than you think

by Emilie

Does eating a carrot do more good than eating a doughnut does bad? That is what people tend to think when they’re on a diet, at least according to these researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder. They call their finding the “progress bias”, and what it basically means is that people tend to over-exaggerate […]

An insider’s peek into the ultra elite IOM meeting on “Solving Obesity”

by Emilie

On January 7th the Institute of Medicine (IOM) held a roundtable discussion workshop with the topic “The current state of obesity solutions in the United States”. Among the high-level speakers was James Hamblin, the senior editor of The Atlantic, who gave a speech about the role of media in obesity. He reports back an intriguing […]