Science And Research

Why You Should Keep A Diary Of Eating Behaviors

The idea of keeping a “food journal” is nothing new – dieters have been using this tactic for years, as research suggests it can help with making better food choices and long-term weight management. For individuals with eating disorders, however, keeping a food diary to track eating behaviors can be helpful for other reasons. Here …

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What Are The Dangers Of Obsessive Dieting?

Wanting to lose a few pounds is a normal goal for many people – but at what point does dieting become obsessive? Moreover, what are the dangers associated with these types of behaviors? Whether you’re cutting calories, going on crash diets or “cleansing” the pounds away, it’s important to be aware of potential risks – …

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Vegetarianism And Weight Loss

There are a number of vegetarian diets and variations, some of which can contribute to healthful weight loss. The most strict type of vegetarianism is veganism, which excludes meat and dairy products. Similarly, other types of vegetarianism allow fish or even chicken. The route you choose depends on your tastes and preferences. You should also …

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What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD is a neurological condition that makes it difficult for a person to interpret and manage a variety of different sensory stimuli. All five senses may be affected as well as sensory information from within the body. This disorder used to be known as “Sensory Integration Dysfunction”. Individuals with this disorder …

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US Obesity Statistics

US obesity statistics are startling. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2009 2.4 million adults 20 or older were considered obese having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. This translates into 34% of all adults. Childhood obesity US obesity statistics for kids are also staggering. The CDC estimates that …

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Theories for Physical Education on Healthy Eating Habits

The eating patterns a person has an adult are directly influenced in childhood and adolescence. These habits will promote optimal health, intellectual development, prevent health issues, eating disorders and tooth decay. School health programs such as physical education can help children and adolescents reach their full potential by giving them social support and the reinforcement …

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The Psychology of Emotional Eating

Emotional eating is described as eating in response to a stressful or negative situation. A lot of people have a hard time expressing their emotions and will turn to food as a way to cope with feelings. However, emotional eating can be a detriment to someone being healthy and having a strong sense of well-being. …

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The Obesity Gene

Obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of over 30, affects countless individuals and poses serious health risks including an increased probability of having a heart attack, stroke, or developing diabetes. Although the development of obesity is dependent on multiple factors including psychology, behavior, environment, and genetics, researchers have focused on discovering an obesity …

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Teenage Obesity Statistics

According to statistics, 17 percent of adolescents (aged from 12 to 19) were overweight back in the year 2000. More recent statistics (from 2007) indicate that the rate of overweight teens has increased from 14.4 percent to 15.8 percent within the last few years. It is believed that as many as 13 percent of teens …

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Obesity Risk Factors

There are many risk factors that may increase the liklihood that a person will become obese. Obesity risk factors include genetics, family history, age, smoking status, social and economic issues, and excessive weight gain in pregnancy. Having some obesity risk factors does not necessarily mean that a person will become obese but rather that the …

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