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Dieting may plant seeds of weight regain

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Dieting may plant seeds of weight regain – Dr. Jeffrey Zigman, assistant professor of internal medicine, was interviewed for a story about a University of Pennsylvania-based mouse study. The Penn team reported that molecular changes in the brain make mice more susceptible to stress and binge eating long after the diet ends, suggesting the same track for humans and partly explaining the phenomenon of yo-yo dieting in which people repeatedly lose weight, only to regain even more. “This study highlights the difficult road that human dieters often travel to attain and maintain their weight-loss goals,” said Dr. Zigman, an expert in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. “It also suggests that management of stress during dieting may be key to achieving those goals.” The story got press coverage from almost 80 outlets, including Los Angeles Times and MSNBC.