Chronic Hedonic Hyperphagia Causes Eating for Pleasure

Are you overweight? If so, you may be one of the millions of people around the world who are plagued with chronic hedonic hyperphagia. If this is the first time you’ve heard this term, you aren’t alone. Until April 2013, ordinary folks-indeed, even members of the medical community-were generally unaware of this syndrome. In research presented at the 245th meeting in New Orleans of the American Chemical Society (the members certainly meet a lot, don’t they?), Tobias Hock, PhD, explained …

Joe Confronts Memories on the ‘Biggest Loser’

The following is a guest post from Joe Ostaszewski of the Biggest Loser. Look for his posts here every Tuesday after the show. Week Seven’s theme–Tough Love– taught us what is truly means to love on the Biggest Loser Ranch.  The kids are an amazing addition to the Biggest Loser.  Seeing the world through their eyes reminds me that we all are truly “ONE”.  Over and over again I realize that, although different in some ways, we all are similar in …

The Best-Kept Secret to Weight Loss

Are you ready to learn the best-kept secret to weight loss? It doesn’t involve purchasing a miracle product or submitting to a killer exercise routine. Nor does it involve weighing yourself three times a day or obsessing over every bite you put in your mouth. The best-kept secret is to develop and maintain a happy relationship with yourself. Many of us go to great lengths to please others and develop happy relationships with our spouses, parents, children and co-workers–even strangers. …

Australian Boomers Fatter, Sicker Than Parents (Just Like American Boomers)

Australians — they’re just like us! And that’s not such a good thing … A new study from Aussie professor Graeme Hugo finds the proportion of Australian boomers with three or more chronic conditions is a whopping 700 percent greater than in the previous generation. And much like their American counterparts, Australian between ages 53 and 62 are more than twice as likely to be obese as their parents were at that age.

The Obesity Paradox: Fat And Fit Trumps Thin and Unfit

If obesity is so bad for our health, why do studies show that overweight and moderately obese patients with certain chronic diseases often live longer and do better than normal-weight or thin patients with the same illnesses? That was the question posed by the New York Times  in a story that looked at what researchers have called the obesity paradox. As writer Harriet Brown reported: “One study found that heavier dialysis patients had a lower chance of dying than those …

Ten Ways to Outsmart Food Cravings

 Losing weight and keeping it off require effective management of food cravings that can easily undermine plans to eat healthfully. Use these 10 tips to manage yourself through the crazy maze of cravings: 1. Eat at regular intervals. To avoid becoming overly hungry, don’t go more than five hours without eating. 2. Include protein in each meal to control appetite. Skinless poultry, fish, eggs and low-calorie dairy products are good sources. 3. Stay hydrated with water, since thirst can mask …