A new study from Harvard Medical School and UCSD: obesity is contagious. Researchers followedd 12,000 people for more than 30 years: A person's chance of developing obesity is greatly increased if a close friend, sibling, or spouse gained weight. A person may become more accepting of fat if someone he or she esteems gains weight. (Obesity. Scientific American Mind,” October/November 2007. www.sciammind.com)

Studies: Prevalence of obesity increased in the US between 1978 and 1991; and continued in 1999-2000. The potential health benefits from reduction in overweight and obesity are of considerable public health importance. (Flegal KM, Carroll MD, Ogden CL, Johnson CL. JAMA. 2002 Oct 9;288(14):1723-7. National Center for Health Statistics, Abstract)

Studies: aging humans who consumed more omega-3 fatty acids had increased gray matter brain volume. Most new tissue development was observed in the portion of the brain associated with happiness. (Sarah M. Conklin, PhD. High -6 and Low -3 Fatty Acids are Associated With Depressive Symptoms and Neuroticism. 2007.)

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