Family criticizing your weight? You might add more pounds

Professor Christine Logel's paper examines connection between weight gain and negative comments

Christine Logel standing in a hallwayWomen whose loved ones are critical of their weight tend to put on even more pounds, says a new study on the way people's comments affect our health.

SDS Assistant Professor Christine Logel led the study, which appears in the December issue of the journal Personal Relationships.

“When we feel bad about our bodies, we often turn to loved ones—families, friends, and romantic partners—for support and advice. How they respond can have a bigger effect than we might think,” said Professor Logel.

The study found that women who received a higher number of what the researchers called acceptance messages about their weight saw better weight maintenance and even weight loss than their counterparts who did not receive this positive messaging from their loved ones.

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New appointment in Humanities and East Asian Studies at Renison

Vinh NguyenA message from Principal Wendy Fletcher

Please join me in welcoming Vinh Nguyen to Renison University College, and who will be joining us on July 1, 2015. Vinh was born in Ho Chi Minh City and immigrated to Canada at the age of eleven. Currently, he is completing his doctorate in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University, where he also holds a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Vinh will join as Assistant Professor of Diasporic Literatures in English, and will be cross-appointed in the Departments of Humanities and East Asian Studies.

We are delighted that this most promising young scholar is joining us here. Welcome to the Renison community, Vinh!

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Reminders for the new year

  • Renison will be closed from Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 2:30 pm until the morning of Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
  • As of January 1, 2015, our new daily coin parking rate will be $6.00

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