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It seems like everyday you hear about a new do-it-all fitness regimen or a new study showing that the exercises that you once thought were best are actually bad for you. In our 21st Century Fitness series, we consult the brightest minds to try to cut through the fat and find out what it really takes to be fit and healthy today.

Why You Eat What You Eat

Rachel Herz is a neuroscientist who studies the psychology of eating. Which is to say, she explores what influences the things you eat and the things you don’t, how food affects us mentally, emotionally, and how it can change your behavior.

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Rachel Herz has always been fascinated by the experience of eating. She’s a neuroscientist, so she’s particularly interested in how food affects us mentally and emotionally, and how our senses and our environments impact what we eat. She’s asking questions like why do we eat differently at parties than when we’re alone? And why do fans of losing football teams eat more calories than those of winning teams? Herz joins us Thursday for a scientific exploration of our complicated relationship with food.

Rachel Herz is  a neuroscientist and an expert or how our senses and our emotions influence one another. She teaches at Brown University and Boston College. Her latest book is called Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible].

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.