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Stressed? Cravings Increase, But Good Feelings From Eating Don’t

Being stressed out can trigger the strong desire to eat or drink, but the pleasure derived from indulging that craving isn’t more rewarding than normal, new research suggests. The study, which was published in the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, reveals that stress can make us go to great …

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Students Smash Scales To Raise Awareness Of Eating Disorders

An organization committed to raising awareness about eating disorders is encouraging college students to take out their frustrations with a sledgehammer – on scales. Southern Smash, of Baton Rouge, La., visits universities across the country, telling students to let go of the body insecurities and “perfect numbers” they’d like to see on the scale. The …

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Study Examines Link Between Eating Disorders And Soda Consumption

Recent research has begun to show that diet soda consumption is linked to obesity, but which came first – the chicken or the egg? In other words, some people argue that diet soda consumption affects metabolic processes and appetite cues that cause people to overeat, causing weight gain. Others argue that diet soda drinkers may …

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Study Explores Body Image Issues Among Lesbian Couples

A common notion about lesbian relationships is that a woman can be less concerned with her weight or body image because she is with another woman. Yet a new study from professors at Rutgers University and Villanova University found that women in same-sex couples tend to have the same body image concerns as women in …

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Tanning Beds Linked To Eating Disorders, Study Reveals

Teens who frequent the tanning salon are more likely to suffer from disordered eating habits and unhealthy weight control behaviors, according to a new study published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. The research also suggests that this association may be stronger in male adolescents than in females – which could point to …

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Target Apologizes For Disastrous Photoshop Fail On Swimsuit Model

While Barbie may have gotten a realistic makeover, a model featured on Target’s website recently was victim to some awful Photoshop editing that made her look like she was missing body parts. In what was likely a nod toward the current “thigh gap” obsession, the model’s image in Target’s ad appears to have been slimmed …

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Teenage Boys Have Inaccurate Perceptions Of Their Weight

Nearly one-third of male teens inaccurately estimate their weight, according to a new study. Researchers from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona collaborated with 597 teenage boys between the ages of 13 and 16, measuring their weight and height while also interviewing them on their behavior and habits around food and dieting. The boys were asked whether …

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Thanksgiving Eating Survival Tips

Turkey day is right around the corner – a time that can trigger emotional turmoil for many people battling eating disorders. Moreover, Thanksgiving tends to mark the beginning of the “overindulging” season, when overdoing it is seen as normal in light of holiday festivities, parties and food-centered gatherings. In a recent Huffington Post article, author …

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The Root Of Emotional Eating: Where Does It Come From?

Emotional eating isn’t just a vague problem that’s caused by passing negative feelings, says Dr. Pam Spurr, author of “The Emotional Eater’s Diet.” Emotional eating, according to Dr. Spurr, has roots in very real experiences and thought patterns that can be usually traced back to childhood. And dieting to compensate for this type of eating …

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