January 2004 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 35 No. 1
COVER: Battling obesity
What's to blame for the surge in super-size Americans?
It's no one thing, but researchers increasingly point to an alarming, potentially deadly, combination of fast-food culture and biological susceptibility.
Family-size portions for one
The amount we eat is easily manipulated by increasing package sizes, researchers find.
Bringing more effective tools to the weight-loss table
Psychologists help Americans slim down through self-monitoring, augmented behavioral therapies and meditation, among other strategies.
Teaming up to drop pounds
In the short run, group treatment proves effective and economical in combating obesity. But what about the long run?
Weighing in on fat bias
Many therapists and health professionals hold hidden biases toward their obese patients, studies find.
By learning more about panda behavior, psychologists hope to gain insights that could help save the species.
A science working group's recommendations have led to plans to further psychologists' knowledge of and involvement in genetics research.
Public sector psychologists are attempting to force proper implementation of a law that gives psychologists full responsibility for patient care in state hospitals.
APA stands up to Oxford Health Plans over audits of psychologists' records--and gets results.
APA is leading the effort to create a guide for health professionals' use of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health.
New Year's resolutions provide an opportunity for psychologists to study self-initiated behavior change and glean effective strategies for positive change at any time of the year.
The Smithsonian Institution honored the Stanford University psychology department for its longstanding contributions.
Seven geropsychology programs secure $1.2 million in federal funding.
Prescription privileges, loan-repayment options and more visibility are among the priorities for an up-and-coming section of Div. 18.
PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE
How a handful of APA members have raised awareness in Congress about the mental and behavioral health needs of students on college campuses.