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When food's the reward, obese women's judgment fails them
When food's the reward, obese women's judgment fails them

At the risk of inspiring offensive commentary from misogynists and fat haters, I bring you this intriguing finding about obese women from researchers at Yale University: Compared to their normal-weight peers, obese women -- but not men -- appear to have a highly specific learning deficit around the issue of food. When a tasty reward is dangled before them, obese women's powers of learning and decision-making appear to get short-circuited in a way not seen in women of normal healthy weight, or in men of any weight, a new study shows. When it comes to maximizing a monetary payout, however, these same women are every bit as sharp as their thinner peers or any male peer. The research,...

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