Janet Tomiyama

We live in a society that is obsessed with weight loss and dieting. Weight stigma and fat-shaming pervade our everyday lives– turning eating into something that is no longer an enjoyable act, but one of scrutiny and stress. Driven by a love for food and a true foodie at heart, UCLA Associate Professor in Psychology, Dr. Janet Tomiyama, believes that there are ways to get healthy without ever mentioning weight. Janet runs the Dieting, Stress and Health or DiSH Lab at UCLA that focuses on two main drivers of why we eat (or don’t eat): stress and weight stigma. Fueled by dedication, drive, and a well-balanced lifestyle, Janet was awarded the prestigious Association for Psychological Science Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions in 2017. 

So, why do we crave brownies instead of fruit when we are stressed? Why are mashed potatoes and mac and cheese comfort foods instead of roasted veggies and refreshing salads? Today, Janet will answer these questions as well as unpack stress and weight stigma. She will even share tips to creating long-lasting habits for a healthy lifestyle.