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Drexel Team Developing Brain-Training Game to Promote Healthy Eating



January 2, 2016

Project DASH is now seeking volunteers for study of a computer game designed to improve your ability to say "No" to tempting sweets that lead to weight gain.

Eating a diet high in sugar has been shown to lead to weight gain and a number of related health consequences, including type 2 Diabetes and some types of cancer. Many people are aware that they eat an unhealthy amount of sweets and want to cut down. However, we know that successfully cutting back on sugars is extremely difficult. The human mind has evolved to strongly crave sugar so strongly that many scientists regard it as an addiction. The part of the mind that attempts to say “No” to sweet foods, called “inhibitory control,” is often no match for our powerful cravings.

Participants must be 18 years or older, have a BMI of 25 or greater, own a home computer or laptop, and regularly eat high-sugar foods. If you are interested in learning more, contact us at ProjectDASH@drexel.edu or 215.553.7114.

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