Psychology / Psychiatry News

Losing Weight Without Thinking

Dieters may not need as much willpower as they think, if they make simple changes in their surroundings that can result in eating healthier without a second thought, said a consumer psychologist at the American Psychological Association’s 119th Annual Convention.

“Our homes are filled with hidden eating traps,” said Brian Wansink, PhD, who presented his findings and strategies for a healthier lifestyle in a plenary address entitled “Modifying the Food Environment: From Mindless Eating to Mindlessly Eating Better.”

Some social smokers find it difficult to quit

Self-identified "social smokers" may be considered a high-risk group with particular challenges for cessation, reports a national study from the American Journal of Public Health.

Researchers compared the association between three different definitions of social smoking - a common pattern among young adults - and cessation indicators. The three different definitions of social smoking they used included: (1) self-identified; (2) smoking mainly with others; or (3) smoking only with others. They used a Web-enabled, cross-sectional national survey of 1,528 young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 from a panel maintained by the research group.

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