How to Talk to Kids About Homosexuality: Tell Them Being Gay Is Just…

Mission: America, Linda Garvey's anti-gay/pro-bigot advocacy group, recently released a guide that's supposed to help adults talk to kids about homosexuality and bullying. Oh, goody. » 9/11/12 6:00pm 9/11/12 6:00pm

People Who Eat in the Dark Tend to Eat Less, Probably Because They…

A new study conducted on unsuspecting human lab rats in an Illinois Hardee's has found that people tend to consume fewer calories and have a slower rate of maw-stuffing when the lights are low, soft music is wafting down from hidden speakers, a plant is eyeing their meal jealously from a corner, and they can wipe… » 8/31/12 1:00pm 8/31/12 1:00pm

The Color of Your Dishes Might Be Causing You to Stuff Your Face


First we found out that we should be eating everything in extremely small bowls and teeny tiny plates in order to trick our brains into eating smaller portions. Now it turns out the color of the dishes we eat off of might also be causing us to overeat. » 1/19/12 11:55pm 1/19/12 11:55pm

Obesity Linked To Sense Of Smell And Appetite Gene

Two new studies show underlying biological differences between obese people and thinner folks — obesity may be linked to a gene that affects appetite, and, more surprisingly, to a person's sense of smell. » 11/15/10 2:30pm 11/15/10 2:30pm

Smoking And Drinking Fight Depression

Newsflash: people smoke, drink, and overeat because it feels good. These behaviors may even stave off depression, but don't be fooled: they'll still kill you. Especially, apparently, if you're black. » 5/19/10 6:20pm 5/19/10 6:20pm

"I Was A Baby Bulimic," Now He's A Food Critic

New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni makes a living eating. So it's both disturbing and encouraging to learn, in this excerpt from his memoir Born Round that his early years were plagued with weight struggles, self-loathing and eating disorders. » 7/16/09 6:00pm 7/16/09 6:00pm

Scientists (Sort Of) Explain Why We Overeat

A new study may shed light on why obese people overeat, but, as Dr. David Kessler explains to Salon, most people struggle with overeating regardless of their size — and the problem may be more mental than physical. » 6/18/09 9:30am 6/18/09 9:30am

New Book On Overeating: Should We Treat Mac & Cheese Like Cigarettes?

"I wanted to understand why it's so hard to control what we eat," explains David Kessler of his new book, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite. » 5/01/09 12:00pm 5/01/09 12:00pm