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Easy Health Options: Weight loss with friends: Through thick and thin?
[1/13/2017]
Jan. 12, 2017
This article centers on a study by Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. The research found that people who want to lose weight are more likely to feel more comfortable with people whose body mass is similar, but spending time with them may undercut success at weight loss. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally in 2016. She covers sociology faculty and research.)
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MadameNoire: Resolve To Take Care of Your Mental Health in 2017
[1/6/2017]
Dec. 29, 2016
This story cites a Baylor study which found that people who pray to a loving, protective God are less likely to experience worry, fear, self-consciousness and obsessive-compulsive behavior than those who pray but don’t really expect any comfort or protection from God. The study, published in the journal Sociology of Religion, was conducted by researcher Matt Bradshaw, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
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Cheat Sheet: 10 Things You Can Do to Avoid an Early Grave
[1/5/2017]
Dec. 20, 2016
(ITEM 9): This article cites a Baylor University study from 2012 which found that communities with higher concentrations of locally owned small businesses have lower rates of mortality, obesity and diabetes than those that rely heavily on big-box chain stores and other large businesses. Study co-author was Charles M. Tolbert, Ph.D., professor of sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences.
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Orange County Register (Santa Ana): If you're on the fence about having kids, ask these questions
[1/3/2017]
Dec. 21, 2016
This article about child rearing cites a recent joint Baylor study that found that parents in the United States generally are not as happy as those who aren’t parents. Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology at Baylor, partnered with researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and Wake Forest University on the study.
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