Anahad O’Connor

San Francisco

Columnist

Education: Yale University

Anahad O'Connor is a health columnist who writes about food and nutrition for The Washington Post's Well+Being desk. Anahad joined The Post in 2022. Before that he was a staff reporter for the New York Times, where he spent two decades covering health and science. Anahad also spent time on the Times's metro, politics and breaking news desks. Anahad began his journalism career at the New York Times after graduating from Yale University, where he earned his degree in psychology, with a focus on neuroscience. Anahad started a popular weekly science column and regularly writes about the food in
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Eating fiber alters the microbiome. It may boost cancer treatment, too.

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Group shaping nutrition policy earned millions from junk food makers

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics invested in food stocks and accepted donations from the food industry, a new study shows.

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At any age, a healthy diet can extend your life

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Stress eating? Here’s how to train your brain to crave healthy foods.

Stress and anxiety can promote belly fat and cravings, making you eat more. But you can train your brain to crave healthier foods during stressful times.

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Coffee vs. tea smackdown

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