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November 30, 2020
by Elizabeth Pratt

an isolation

Desire For Social Contact Similar In Brain To Food Cravings

November 30, 2020 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

an isolation
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have experienced feelings of social isolation. For some, interaction with others has been confined to a zoom call, for others there hasn’t been any interaction at all. Now, researchers at MIT have found that the longing for social interaction felt whilst isolated is neurologically similar to that for food cravings when hungry. [More]

August 31, 2020
by Elizabeth Pratt

an eating disorder

Pandemic Taking Its Toll On Those With Eating Disorders

August 31, 2020 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

an eating disorder
Nine out of ten people with experience of eating disorders are dealing with profoundly negative impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A study from Northumbria University in the UK found that as well as affecting the general population around the world, the pandemic is causing additional and unique challenges for those experiencing eating disorders. [More]

February 11, 2020
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

grief

Heartache and Sustenance

February 11, 2020 09:08 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

grief
Across cultural and religious norms, food has been symbolic for attempts to heal the hurt. Death leaves a hole. Some are far deeper and filled with more despair than others. The loss of a parent, a child, a spouse, a close friend, and/or the loss of a pet companion commonly leaves a feeling of emptiness. This emptiness may well engulf body and soul. Who to lean on? Who to pick up the role that has, literally, turned to dust? How to withstand the pain that cannot (and should not) be ignored? [More]

April 2, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

coffee thinking

The Very Thought Of Coffee Can Perk You Up According To New Research

April 2, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

coffee thinking
Can’t get going without your cup of joe in the morning? You’re not alone. Among all beverages, coffee is the world’s 4th most popular. Many turn to coffee for a lift when feeling low but turns out, just thinking of coffee can give you the same mental and physical effects without ever having had coffee. This is according to a new study published in the Journal of Consciousness and Cognition which found that after thinking about coffee, people started planning to do tasks sooner, and in general thought about more specific, detailed aspects of their lives. [More]