If you’re a woman who’s trying to lose weight, beware of negative “weight stigmatizing” messages in the media that may sabotage your efforts to eat in a healthier way. A study published in the current online issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology reports that women who perceived themselves as overweight were more likely to turn to unhealthy snacks after reading a mock New York Times article about the problems overweight people face in the workplace (“Lose Weight or Lose Your Job”). According to the study’s author, Dr. Brenda Mayer of the University of California, Santa Barbara, after reading the article, women reported feeling less in control of their eating. Women who didn’t perceive themselves as being overweight actually felt more in control of their eating after exposure to the article. Dr. Mayer suggests that instead of fixating on weight loss, the media focus should be on “good health and exercise.” If you want to eat healthier, there are some terrific food tracker and diet apps that help you better manage your food intake, as well as steer you to the best choices.
iTrack Fitness Study
Do you want to be more active? Join the iTrack Fitness Study today!
Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston is currently enrolling participants in a 24-week research study to evaluate a new data analytics tool -- or an “engagement engine” -- that will encourage individuals to use an activity tracker to improve their health and wellness.
If you already have the Fitbit app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, you can learn more about the study and easily enroll by visiting the following website http://www.itrackstudy.org.
If you meet the eligibility criteria and enroll in the study, you will receive a Fitbit Charge. Compensation of $25 will be provided upon completion of the study.
For any questions, please contact Amanda Centi at Partners Connected Health (firstname.lastname@example.org).