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Cheers to the Sunday, November 12 WOMANEWS section of the Chicago Tribune for running this "News In Brief" (p. 10):
Brain drain: Worrying about what you eat can be a drag on your mental potential according to a study by the Institute of Food Research in Reading, England. Volunteers were given psychological tests to measure vigilance, speed of reaction, mental processing capacity and memory. Those who scored lowest had just begun a diet or had dieted and failed to lose weight. The study, published in New Scientist magazine, indicates that poor scores among dieters were due to psychological reasons such as anxiety, and not from poor nutrition or lack of energy. "It is a preoccupation with food and body shape," said Mike Green, a research psychologist at the Institute.