Might mindfulness combat childhood obesity?

This is fascinating….according to a new study by researchers at Vanderbilt University, obese children’s brains function differently than children at average weight, which suggests a need to change brain function. “In a paper published in the journal Heliyon, the researchers suggest that mindfulness, a practice used as a therapeutic technique to focus awareness, should be studied as a way to encourage healthy eating and weight loss in children.”  Read the full article here.  20160818-04_a_outlawThis image is part of my Sugar Series. This piece was influenced by the latest in neuroimagery. PET highlights both the habit-forming and the reward control regions of an obese subject. According to the actual PET scan, obese people have a depressed reward center and an active habit forming area.

Read new research into sugar industry!

Gate on Century Blvd.

Hiding information on the deleterious effects of sugar strikes me as similar to the ways of the tobacco industry. From the JAMA abstract: ” The SRF sponsored its first CHD research project in 1965, a literature review published in theNew England Journal of Medicine, which singled out fat and cholesterol as the dietary causes of CHD and downplayed evidence that sucrose consumption was also a risk factor. The SRF set the review’s objective, contributed articles for inclusion, and received drafts. The SRF’s funding and role was not disclosed. ” Read the full article!  Continue reading