Science Library: The Psychology of Weight Loss

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The Body Mass Index
Why BMI is the recommended method to diagnose overweight and obesity.

Eating Triggers
Identifying and understanding eating triggers can help you achieve weight-loss success.

Gender Differences in Weight Loss
Understanding the different motivators and barriers men and women encounter during weight loss may help both achieve lasting weight loss, as individuals and as a couple.

Weight-Loss Recommendations for New Moms
Many new moms are eager to shed excess pounds soon after their babies are born, but there are important weight-loss guidelines these mothers should follow.

Smoking and Weight
Many smokers use weight gain as an excuse to avoid quitting their habit, but in fact, the average gain is actually less than five pounds. And the health benefits of quitting outweigh the risk of putting on a little weight.

Menopause and Weight
Menopausal women tend to gain weight around their waist, which is a health concern because both weight gain in general and increased abdominal fat in particular are linked to increased cardiovascular health risks.

Body Mass Index in Children
Use of Body Mass Index (BMI) and weight classifications specifically for children shows how different children are from adults.

Medications That Affect Weight
Several medications can work against weight loss, slowing the rate of weight loss or contributing to a plateau.

Body Weight and Cancer
Research has shown a definite link between weight and certain types of cancer, but healthy habits can reduce risks.

Introduction to Metabolic Syndrome
About 30 percent of adults in the U.S. and 25 percent of adults around the world have metabolic syndrome, also known as Syndrome X. What is this medical condition, and how is it related to obesity?

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