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The Mind-Body-Metaphor Connection

New research shows that if you’re holding something heavy, you’ll take things more seriously. Why?

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Can Social Clout Change How Much Something Weighs?

The powerless may carry even heavier loads than we thought.

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Grand Obese Party?

Researchers have found a statistically significant correlation between support for Mitt Romney and a pudgy populace.

 

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Do These Chemicals Make Me Look Fat?

Why are Americans—and animals—getting fatter? It isn’t just because of eating more and exercising less.

 

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Childhood ADHD Tied to Obesity Decades Later

On a new survey, men with a history of ADHD reported weighing 213 pounds, on average, and 41 percent of them were obese.

 

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Lose All Your Weight, Fly for Free

Under a new pay-per-kilogram system, ghosts will be able to fly for nothing.

Life in the Data

(ILLUSTRATION: DANIEL STOLLE)

Body Language

An athlete and gourmand, mugged by reality

 

Chick Lit May Be Hazardous to Your Self-Esteem

New research suggests novels in which characters agonize about their bodies lead female readers to worry about their own weight.

 

Large Looks Lovely to the Stressed-Out Male

A new study from England finds men who have just sweated through a tough assignment are more likely to find overweight women attractive.

 

Thinner Wife, Happier Marriage

Researchers find marriages tend to be more satisfying for both spouses when the wife is thinner than the husband.

Time to Celebrate

Academic Research Does Not Take Holidays Off

There is, in fact, a surprising amount of scholarship on the subject of Thanksgiving, a uniquely American celebration marked by rituals that lend themselves to a wide range of interpretations.

 

For Older Women, Up Side to Body Fat

A new study suggests body fat may moderate post-menopausal mental decline.

 

Hungry Men Love Larger Ladies

What’s your idea of an ideal mate? The answer may depend upon whether your stomach is rumbling.

 

The Danger of Fat-Think

Believing you’re fat may be more emotionally damaging than actually being obese.

 

Policy-Heavy Play

‘Fatworld’ shows video games can tackle (urp) weighty issues.

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Attitudes About Race Affect Actions, Even When They Don’t

Tiny effects of attitudes on individuals' actions pile up quickly.

Geography, Race, and LOLs

The online lexicon spreads through racial and ethnic groups as much as it does through geography and other traditional linguistic measures.

Feeling—Not Being—Wealthy Cuts Support for Economic Redistribution

A new study suggests it's relative wealth that leads people to oppose taxing the rich and giving to the poor.

Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

The first study of friends' perceptions suggest they know something's off with their pals but like them just the same.

Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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