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This research supports the
Lesson-1 premise that
from inherited psychological
promotes xcessive weight and unhealthy
eating habits. These symptoms are increasing relentlessly among U.S. kids and adults. See
my comments after this reprint for more perspective. The
highlites below are mine. - Peter
+ + +
Emotional eaters -- people who eat when they are lonely
or blue -- tend to lose the least amount of weight and
have the hardest time keeping it off, U.S. researchers
said on Thursday.
They said the study may explain why so many people who
lose weight gain it all back.
"We found that the more people report eating in response
to thoughts and feelings, the less weight they lost,"
Heather Niemeier, an obesity researcher at The Miriam
Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown
University, said in a statement.
successful weight losers, those who report emotional
eating are more likely to regain," said Niemeier,
whose study appears in the journal
The study included 286 overweight men and women who were
participating in a behavioral weight loss program.
A second group consisted of more than 3,300 adults who
have lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for at
least one year.
Niemeier and her team analyzed responses to an eating
They focused on people who ate because of external
influences, such as people who eat too much at parties,
and people who ate because of internal influences, such
as feeling lonely or as a reward.
What they found
the more a person ate for internal reasons, the less
weight they lost over time.
"Our results suggest that we need to pay more attention
to eating triggered by emotions or thoughts as they
clearly play a significant role in weight loss,"
The study was funded by a grant from the National
Institutes of Health.
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findings support the premise that some people
eating and food (e.g..sugar, fat, and
carbohydrates) to mute uncomfortable "emotions."
Implication: dieting doesn't work (keep excessive
weight off permanently) for such people because it
doesn't reduce their
The study's conclusion ("we need to pay more
attention to eating triggered by emotions or thoughts")
is too vague to have any practical meaning. At best,
these findings invite further research on questions
What factors promote significant inner pain?
What can people do to recognize, admit, and
permanently reduce inner pain without chemicals -
Why do typical overweight people neglect their
physical and psychological health despite "knowing
Will typical "emotional eaters"
- GWCs) want to consistently take better care of themselves if they know these findings? If not -
How do these findings compare to research on "eating
disorders" like anorexia, bulimia, and