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The Checkup Archive: Psychology

Women more stressed by work intrusions

Between our Blackberries, iPhones and laptops, we all know the line between work and home life has gotten pretty blurred. But are those intrusions by work into our supposed downtime bad for us? A new study suggests it is, particularly for women.Paul Glavin of the University of Toronto and colleagues...

By Rob Stein  | March 9, 2011; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Family Health, General Health, Psychology, Women's Health  
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Why do women hate their bodies so much?

I just read an unsettling article in Glamour that said 97 percent of 300 young women surveyed by the magazine reported having multiple negative thoughts about their own bodies in a given day. The average number was 13; many women said they had as many as 35, 50 or 100 such thoughts per day. So I'm sitting here thinking mean thoughts about my thighs and wondering, why do we do this to ourselves?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 24, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Life's Big Questions, Me Minus 10, Nutrition and Fitness, Psychology, Weight loss, Women's Health  
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Weight loss's link to better health questioned

We as a nation have put a lot of stock into the notion that being (or becoming) slender equates to better health and longer lives. But a body evidence calls into question whether that connection -- or, conversely, the connection between overweight and poor health -- is all that strong, and even whether it exists at all.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 24, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Conditions, Diabetes, Eating disorders, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Psychology, Weight loss, Women's Health, life expectancy, osteoporosis  
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Modern Family: When kids walk in during sex

I cannot believe that the blogosphere is not buzzing itself silly about last night's (hilarious) episode of Modern Family, which raised the all-important question: What should parents do if their kids walk in on them during sex?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 20, 2011; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Family Health, Kids' health, Life's Big Questions, Parenting, Psychology, Reproductive Health, Sex, Teens  
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Is food addiction real?

Even if there is such a thing as food addiction, it's not likely that all or even most of the people in the U.S. who are obese or overweight suffer from such an affliction. While some people may have genetic or other forms of predisposition to addiction, others of us just plain overindulge, and we can't blame our neurochemistry for our decisions to eat more than we should.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 18, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, Drug Abuse, Eating disorders, Neurological disorders, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Psychology, Weight loss  
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You're only as young as you feel

Read the Perspectives on Psychological Science article We all know the old saying, "You're only as young as you feel." Well, there may be some truth to that, according to researchers at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ellen Langer, a psychologist at Harvard University who studies how the...

By Rob Stein  | December 29, 2010; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Aging, Health News, Psychology  
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Older Entries in This Category »

When a gift threatens your identity, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 27, 2010
Keeping caffeine from kids, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 9, 2010
Acne, Accutane and suicide risk, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 15, 2010
Stress in America, Rob Stein , November 9, 2010
Is that right? Scarrots for trick-or-treaters?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 22, 2010
Campaign promises bullied young gay people: 'It Gets Better', Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 1, 2010
Do abortions cause depression?, Rob Stein , September 24, 2010
Are you a Type D personality? , Rob Stein , September 14, 2010
Do you have a happy place? , Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 19, 2010
Forgiving nuns may reap rewards, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 5, 2010
Study: Superstitions pay off, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 15, 2010
Does caffeine really wake you up? , Rob Stein , June 2, 2010
Chocolate and depression linked, but how?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 26, 2010
Big study questions 'brain training', Rob Stein , April 21, 2010
Prescription for doctors: Sit down, Rob Stein , April 7, 2010
Is smiling the fountain of youth?, Rob Stein , March 31, 2010
Stress, lack of willpower bust the best intentions, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 30, 2010
Coffee's clean bill of health, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 15, 2010
Happiness and heart health, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 17, 2010
Do IVF babies grow up healthy? , Rob Stein , February 17, 2010
Farewell to a trusted source, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 4, 2010
Tweeting through a crisis, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 7, 2010
Which diet makes you happy? , Rob Stein , November 11, 2009
Sneezes spread paranoia , Rob Stein , November 4, 2009
In pain? Look at photos of your children, Rob Stein , October 28, 2009
Getting Guys to Wash Their Hands, Rob Stein , October 15, 2009
The Health Hazards of Pessimism, Rob Stein , August 13, 2009
APA: Therapy Won't Change Being Gay, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 12, 2009
For Suicide, Why Wednesday?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 15, 2009
Fast-Food Calories: Maybe We Just Don't Want to Know, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 30, 2009
Shame on Me, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 20, 2009
Dying to Know the Cause of Death, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 7, 2008
Narcissists on Facebook: We're On to You, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 26, 2008
Flirting with Flirtation, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 18, 2008
Brain Game, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 11, 2008
After Traumatic Event, No Need to Spill Your Guts, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 3, 2008
Sad Over Sex and the City, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 30, 2008
A New Market for ADHD Treatment?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 28, 2008
 
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