Entries by Dr. T

Stories from Sao Paolo

In late May, I went to Sao Paolo, Brazil, to learn about nutrition in Brazil. Sao Paolo, or Sampa as Brazilians call it, is a giant city rampant with crime and poverty – a city where the gap between the haves and the have-nots is very large. The wealthy travel in helicopters to avoid crime […]

Human fasting affects hyena diets too?

In a fun/crazy study, scientists showed that when human diets change, like when fasting for Lent, so too do other animals’ diets – like Spotted Hyenas! “Before Lent, 14.8% of hyena droppings contained donkey hairs, during Lent this increased to 33.1%, falling again to 22.2% once the fast was over.” According to the scientists, “Our study […]

Dieting in pregnancy linked to possible Type 2 Diabetes

A new study out of the UK shows that dieting around the time of conception leads to changes in gene expression in the genes that have been linked to obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. Two things to note before you run for the ice cream: (1) it was only genes implicated in obesity and Type […]

New formula for weight loss – losing it is twice as hard

Dr. Kevin Hall presented new findings indicating that the mathematical formula that the US government uses to calculate weight loss doesn’t account for a slow-down in your metabolism. It looks like weight loss is harder than we initially thought. Click here for the paper that describes the new, adjusted guidelines.

New DiSH Lab study published on cortisol and telomere length

Telomeres, the tiny caps on the end of your chromosomes that protect your DNA, might be affected by the stress hormone cortisol. This latest study from the DiSH Lab found that shorter telomere length (indicative of accelerated cellular aging) was related to several different measures of a revved up stress system. Head on over to […]

Diet books dumped outside of UK Parliament

In a movement called Ditching Dieting, last month protesters dumped hundreds of dieting books into a toxic waste bin outside the United Kingdom parliament. It’s related with an ongoing parliamentary inquiry into body image in the UK. Here is the Washington Post’s coverage of the story, and you can find information on Ditching Dieting here.

New DiSH Lab study published!

Have you ever wondered why people reach for high fat, sweet food when they’re stressed? It’s because it works! In a new study by the DiSH Lab and collaborators now covered in the press, we report findings that  very highly stressed women who have high abdominal fat actually have LOWER reactivity to stress, most likely […]

It’s about Fit, not Fat!

A new study has just come out indicating that your mortality risk goes down if you maintain or increase your physical fitness level. That’s pretty intuitive, but the surprising good news is that this is true regardless of what you weigh. In other words, it’s not about losing weight – if you want to decrease […]