Entries by Jolene

Dr. T and Angela on the LA Times!

More press release for our awesome study by grad student Angela, Dr. T, and Dr. Andrew Ward! It seems like everyone is curious to know what weight stigma smells like and this time they’re on the LA Times! You won’t want to miss out on how they used a tricky manipulation where participants rated odorless “scent samples” […]

Congratulations Jenna!!

Jenna, one of our amazing grad students, is a winner of the 2014 Student Grant Competition (SGC)! On top of that, the Association for Psychological Science Student Caucus eNews gave her a special shoutout congratulating her! Here’s the post that they wrote:   Once again, congratulations Jenna! We are so proud of you!!

Yoga and Meditation in the DiSH Lab!

Last Thursday, Angela led a yoga and meditation class for her research assistants! It was a great activity to help lower everyone’s stress during midterm season. Here’s what some of her RAs had to say about the experience! “I really enjoyed the yoga class because it enabled me to relax and focus on the present. […]

Marian RA blogs: You are not alone

I volunteer at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in a program called Transforming Care at Bed Side (TCAB). This last Friday I got to see some very sick patients and, although conversation wise we did not exchange too many words, I got to do little favors for them and could see in their eyes that that […]

Bernice RA Blogs: Weight stigma does not reduce obesity

As one of the top public concerns in United States, obesity draws huge attention from social media, and unfortunately, most portraits of obese people are linked with negative characteristics, such as lazy, weak willed and self-indulgent. However, some public health campaigns claim that stigmatizing obesity may encourage people to lose weight and such belief contributes […]

Ilana RA Blogs: Freshman 15?

As we are just beginning our third week of the quarter, a relevant topic to address with all the new bruins around is the dreaded “Freshman 15”. Is this weight gain something to be concerned about or is it just a myth? According to an article by Hovell and colleagues entitled, “Risk of Excess Weight […]

Another Day, Another Paper!

Dr. T’s latest paper, Weight Bias in 2001 versus 2013: Contradictory Attitudes Among Obesity Researchers and Health Professionals, just got published in the Obesity Journal! This study indicates that weight stigma is still widespread today. However, there’s hope for the future, as some forms of weight bias have declined since 2001. Be sure to check it out, along with […]

It’s Weight Stigma Awareness Week!

According to the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), weight stigma is “what a person experiences when weight bias is internalized as being ‘deserved’.  This occurs frequently today, resulting in larger people feeling shame, anxiety, depression, and self-hatred. These diminish a person’s body esteem and motivation for self-care.”  That being said, weight stigma is a highly prevalent and […]

Best Comfort Foods — What’s Yours?

Comfort food? Again? Yup! Seeing how everyone is guilty of using food for comfort, it should come to no surprise that the DiSH Lab is very interested on how comfort eating may affect your stress and health. This is especially the case when we have recently found out that comfort eating can actually be comforting! As […]