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The Best Diet Might Start with Self Love

Being accepted by others improves the likelihood of losing weight

Illustration by Tyler Hoehne

Every New Year’s, an estimated 40 percent of Americans make resolutions, with losing weight predictably the most common goal topping our lists year to year.

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Losing Weight Won't Make Obese Kids Feel Better About Themselves

A new study shows that obese girls are highly stigmatized—and losing weight won't improve their body image.


Seventeen percent of American children are obese. Many public health advocates insist that losing weight is key to improving these kids' physical health—but a new study finds it may not make them feel better about themselves.

Purdue University sociology professor Sarah Mustillo studied the health of 2,000 black and white girls over the course of a decade, charting the girls' weight and self-esteem levels in the formative years between 10 and 20. The harmful stigmatization of obese children is well-documented, and weight loss is not a cure. Mustillo found that among girls who were once considered obese but later lost weight, "the negative [psychological] effects of larger body size can outlive the obesity itself."

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The Upside of Cigarettes

New research suggests that nicotine may hold the key to weight loss medicine. That, and other reasons cigarettes aren't all bad.

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