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MQ Jan/Feb 2011

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Diets and Our Demons

Does Anything Really Work?


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Recipe for Life
By Judith Matz

Despite the common cultural notion that anyone can successfully lose weight—constantly reinforced by the $60 billion-a-year diet industry—at least 95 percent of dieters regain lost pounds. Here's an alternative approach to weight control.

Chew Wisely
By Fred Wistow
Remember as a kid being scrupulously taught that eating was a serious business that brooked no nonsense? A lifetime later, this author discovered that—as with so many other life lessons—his mother was totally wrong.

I Think, Therefore I Eat
By Judith Beck
From the viewpoint of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, the reason that dieters so frequently fail to stick to their healthy eating plans is simple: knowing what to do and knowing how to get yourself to do it are two entirely different skills.

It's Not about the Food
By Lisa Ferentz
The key to working effectively with eating disorders is understanding that starving, bingeing, and purging aren't simply bad habits. For treatment to work, it must get beyond the focus on negative behavior to grasp the emotional cycle of disordered eating.

Cyberspaced
By Mary Sykes Wylie and Rich Simon
MIT professor Sherry Turkle has spent the last 30 years studying what our machines have come to mean to us, and how they're altering—sometimes radically—our experience of intimacy, privacy, personal identity, and human connection.