Fad Diets Will Seem Even Crazier After You See This

By , SparkPeople Blogger
A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Do food addiction diets work?
Instead of moderation, some weight-loss and emotional-eating recovery plans involve banning certain foods, especially those that trigger binges. Would you/have banned certain foods to lose weight? Baltimore Sun

Heavy kids face health problems, have few options
According to a recent statement by the American Heart Association, up to 6% of youths in the US are severely obese, yet there are few treatment options for them. What do you think we need to do to help our kids get healthy?  USA Today
Cooking Is Freedom
Three cheers for men who cook! Cooking isn't just for women, and it isn't something that had to be complicated or time-consuming. Feeding yourself is not a talent; it's an essential skill that can ensure better health for a lifetime. This essay about how one teen boy's act of civil disobedience led to a lifetime love of cooking is worth reading. NYT Op-Ed

Fad Diets Will Seem Even Crazier After You See This 
SparkPeople doesn't do diets. We go for lifestyle changes instead. So we had to share this story. And now tell us: What's the craziest diet you ever tried? NPR's The Salt

FDA tests find very low levels of arsenic in rice
If you've been avoiding brown rice due to fears of arsenic exposure, this news will be welcome: In recent testing, the US FDA found that the levels are far too low to do any immediate or short-term harm on your health. USA Today

Skipping Breakfast Makes You Fat? Not So Fast
A researcher is setting out to prove that skipping breakfast won't make you fat. The weight gain associated with forgoing a morning meal is just that--an association, not a cause-and-effect relationship, he believes. We still think eating breakfast is a good idea. NPR

9 Ayurvedic secrets to great digestion
If you're having digestive issues, consider these tips from Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of healing. Mind Body Green

To Help Teens Lose Weight, Fold Talk Therapy into Health Class
An Ohio State study suggests that integrating time to talk about feelings might boost the effectiveness of health classes--and even help teens lose weight. After the news that there are few treatments for obese youth, do you think this is a viable option? Do your kids still have health class? TIME

Which stories topped your "must-read" list this week?

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