A New Disease: Obesity

Even though one third of the American public is considered obese, the American Medical Association only recently made a decision to make obesity a disease. The June, 2013 decision will encourage doctors to devote more time to helping patients improve their eating habits and control their weight. Additionally, it may promote insurance reimbursement. Since obesity [...]

What You Eat for Breakfast May Influence Your Food Consumption Later in the Day

Breakfast is considered the most beneficial meal of the day, but eating a healthy breakfast may do more than satisfy morning hunger pangs. Heather Leidy, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, conducted research to determine whether eating a protein rich breakfast influences food intake during other times in the day. In her study, [...]

Treating Bulimia

A recent December 2012 article in Counseling Today explores the difficulty of treating bulimia nervosa. The article discusses that patients often fail to realize that binging and purging the body afterwards is not merely driven by the perception of body image. Instead, bulimic patients are attempting to respond to an unwanted emotional state that they never [...]

Could You Be Addicted to Exercise?

Most people believe that following a healthy diet and exercising leads to positive mental and physical health; however, it is also possible to be addicted to exercising. Exercise dependence can infringe on daily life's responsibilities, create stress, impair relationships and lead to health problems. Exercise dependence is commonly linked with eating disorders. Those diagnosed with bulimia [...]

BYU Research Indicates Exercise Diminishes the Brain’s Response to Food

A recent experiment, conducted by Brigham Young University (BYU), revealed that exercise may curb a person’s interest in food. Data compiled by James LeCheminant and Michael Larson monitored the neurological activity of 35 women as their brains responded to images of food. The participants were exposed to images on a morning when they exercised on [...]