Today in Research: The Easiest Way to Lose Weight; Dogs vs. Kids

By The Atlantic Wire

Discovered: The writing diet, how blogging helps mental health, licorice that's good for your teeth, promising cancer and herpes treatments, and why parents treat their kids like dogs.

  • How to lose weight by only lifting a finger. Continuing our Week After New Year's diet tip hotline, we have found the most appealing weight-loss tactic of all time. One that involves very little moving. Writing for 15 minutes about important values, like religion, music, or relationships, caused women to lose more weight over the next few months than those who did no writing at all, found research published in Pyschological Science. Participants kept these values diaries lost an average of 3.41 pounds, compared to the 2.76 pounds gained by the control group. This is the exercise dream, folks. [Eureka]
  • Dogs and kids are basically the same thing. Science has discovered why some parents talk to their kids and dogs the same way. Dogs and children respond to social cues in the same way. "Increasing evidence supports the notion that humans and dogs share some social skills, with dogs' social-cognitive functioning resembling that of a six-month to two-year-old child in many respects," explained researcher József Topál. This does not make it okay to play fetch with your kids. [The Telegraph]

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