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Fight Flab with Laughter Therapy July 3, 2007

Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Conversations, Healthy Living.
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32143585.jpgI read this interesting article yesterday on Washington Post that confirms research that stress promotes obesity.
In a series of experiments on mice, researchers at Georgetown University showed that the neurochemical pathway they identified promotes fat growth in chronically stressed animals that eat the equivalent of a junk-food diet.
Speaking from personal experience, I gained over 46 pounds over the last two years I’ve been working. A sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits have been the usual suspects. However, I lost quite a bit of flab after a month long vacation. When a colleague commented that it was ‘happiness’ that helped me lose weight, I just laughed it off. And then I came across this eye-opening article. Now this just proves my colleague’s theory – it’s not just exercise and crackdown on fats that will help you tone down; it’s lot of laughter & de-stressing too.

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1. Bob Glaza - July 3, 2007

Laughter always helps reduce the stress, Arun 🙂 and play, too! Much study done on laugh clubs made popular by Dr Madan Kataria – http://www.laughteryoga.org/

2. Betty Hoeffner - July 4, 2007

I know the Washington Post article that your are referring. They mention our CD of contagious laughter called, LAUGH IT OFF. We made the CD to help teens destress and have been pleasantly surprised that adults are using it like crazy to loose weight, destress and have fun. Celebrity Tom Dreesen thinks the CD is a cure for road rage. Anyway it’s great because proceeds help to benefit our nonprofit, Hey U.G.L.Y. Inc., NFP which helps teens.

Thanks for spreading the word about laughter. It works … no joke!


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