UCSF searches for extreme dieters

April 18, 2011 7:16:16 PM PDT
U.C. San Francisco is looking into the possibility that people who consume fewer calories live longer and healthier. Scientists have already found it works for animals. Now they want to see if the same is true for people who deprive themselves of food -- they are known as "extreme dieters."

"If we're like lower species, like worms, then this lifestyle with that tiny amount of caloric intake everyday is going to lead to a beautiful, slow aging profile. They will look decades younger," said UCSF Associate Professor of Psychiatry Elissa Eppel, Ph.D.

Scientists are still recruiting participants for the study. You can find the information at the link below.