Hands on heart: Have you ever checked your social media first thing in the morning? Just to see if you got any notification? Or do you spend long times scrolling through social media before you start working? Is your work sometimes interrupted by social media? Did you ever wonder what it does to your brain? Do you think it is addictive?
More than four months have passed since the first case of COVID-19 had reached Sweden. Also, more than four months have passed since I started my PhD in Sweden. Three months have passed since the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a global pandemic. How did the pandemic impact my PhD in a country that is viewed as following a complete different strategy than other countries? A country, that faced many deaths and is still facing many new cases in relation to its inhabitants? Let me tell you about my experience during the last months.
The regulation of food intake is a complex concert of signals from different parts of our body, working together with our biological clock, and of course, our brain. Those signals (or messages) indicate for example whether our stomach is full or empty, if we have energy incoming, or how much energy we have stored in our fat cells. Eating also needs to be pleasurable. But who is coordinating all these different signals?
‘You just need to burn more calories than you consume’, or ‘Just eat less and move more’, are sentences that probably almost every obese person can recall hearing at least once in their lifetime. Since these recommendations sound very straightforward, it should be easy to realize them. Yet, we are witnessing a worldwide increase in the prevalence of obesity, and it is becoming a major global health concern. Learn more about the prevalence, causes, and complications of obesity in this post!
Did you know? We are currently not only facing a pandemic, but also a so-called infodemic. First of all, this only means that we are flooded by information about the current corona-pandemic. However, in between this information there is a lot of mis- and disinformation being spread. But why are fake news so contagious? Who spreads fake news and how? How can we spot them?