Calm Energy: How People Regulate Mood with Food and Exercise

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 274 pages
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Obesity is reaching alarming proportions. In this insightful new approach to understanding why this is happening, acclaimed mood scientist Robert Thayer offers a new appreciation of the real cause--emotional eating. But this is not just emotional eating as previously known; rather it is a new scientific analysis of exactly how different moods affect eating. He shows how unprecedented stress in society and epidemic levels of depression have led people to food as a poor means of managing mood. In this original approach, Thayer describes how people's daily energy and tension variations occur, and how this knowledge helps overcome the urge to eat the wrong food and to achieve the goal of "calm energy." Also, in this most up-to-date scientific analysis of exercise and mood, he shows how physical activity is essential to psychological and physical health, yet why it is resisted. Thayer's work has been discussed in hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, and here he outlines in detail the cutting-edge theories and scientific research findings that have generated this extensive media attention.

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Great book to get a scientific overview of moods and how they influence behavior of especially eating and exercise. It does contain some self-help advice, but most of the book is about distilling ... Read full review

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Mood SelfRegulation and Overeating
Living in a Stressful World Mood and Overweight
How Are Exercise and Mood Related?
Emotional Eating
Mood Pleasure Food versus Exercise
Why Do We Have Moods?
Changes in Energyand Mood
The Biopsychology of Energy and Tension
Managing Your Mood

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Robert Thayer is a well-known mood researcher and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach.

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