Latest David Levitsky Stories

2011-11-17 03:25:25

Ditching the diet for Thanksgiving? Turkey with all the fixings isn't the only temptation causing would-be dieters to miss their goals, according to a new Cornell University review article that finds powerful environmental cues are subconsciously bending willpower every day. "We're slaves to our environment," said David Levitsky, professor of nutritional sciences and of psychology at Cornell, who co-authored the article with graduate student Carly Pacanowski. The article, "Free Will and...

2005-12-18 20:08:32

Research shows college kids can beat back weight gain HealthDay News -- Most new college students dread the "Freshman 15" -- the typical number of pounds they'll gain during that first year. But two studies highlight simple ways they can keep that number as low as possible. Stepping on a scale every morning to check their weight, or learning about how to estimate portions in all-you-can-eat dining halls are among the easy ways students can guard against weight gain, according to two Cornell...

2005-11-22 16:45:00

Preventing the so-called freshman 15 -- the typical number of pounds students gain during their first year of college -- could be as simple as stepping on a scale every morning or getting a little information about big portions in all-you-can-eat dining halls, according to two new studies from Cornell University. In the first experimental study of the effects of daily weighings, David Levitsky, Cornell professor of nutritional sciences and of psychology, and several colleagues, whose study...

2005-08-15 14:25:06

ITHACA, N.Y. -- If you binged for two weeks while on vacation and gained 5 pounds, would you be biologically primed to eat less to compensate and shake off the excess weight? No, suggests a new Cornell University study. When a group of 12 normal-weight men and women, average age 31, agreed to overeat by 35 percent for two weeks, they gained an average of 5 pounds, half of it body fat. When they were permitted to return to their normal eating behavior, they did not spontaneously cut back on...

2005-06-29 06:43:39

Amount of food you put before them a major factor in how much they eat HealthDay News -- The amount of food you put on your young child's plate is the main factor influencing how much he or she will eat, according to a Cornell University study. This finding contradicts the common belief that young children adjust how much they eat at a meal according to how much they ate at their last meal or within the previous 24 hours, or how calorie-rich their meal is, the researchers said. "We examined...

2005-06-15 20:51:37

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Contrary to what many people believe, preschool children do not adjust how much they eat in response to how much they ate at their last meal or in the past 24 hours or how calorie-rich their meal is. By far, the most powerful predictor for how much children eat is how much food is put on their plate, concludes a new study by Cornell University researchers. "We examined all the predictors we could of how much a child eats at a meal," said David Levitsky, professor of...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.