Obesity and Food Addiction Terminology Roundup

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Language matters. There is an obesity epidemic, and there is nothing wrong with calling it that.

Additional Posts About Cravings

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Compulsive overeating appears to be at least as much a behavioral addiction as a substance addiction. This post revisits the subject of food cravings.

Encyclopedia of Cravings

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This is the fourth Childhood Obesity News post collecting some of the highlights of all the posts about food cravings and the research behind the theories.

Banish Doughnuts, Popularize Carrots

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A craving is associated with an image, but the mind can be outsmarted by replacing that image with a different one, or visual white noise.

The World of Food Cravings

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Where do cravings come from and how can they be quelled? Among the overweight and obese, this knowledge is valued far above nutrition facts.

Brain Hunger

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The illustration on this page is from “Treatment of Obesity Using the Addiction Model,” presented at the Global Conference on Obesity Treatment and Weight Management. Among other subjects, Dr. Pretlow discussed body hunger, which has a basis in physiological reality. Brain hunger, on the other hand, has the illusory quality of an emotion, because that is what it […]

Season of Challenge

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The winter holidays would be incomplete without advice on how to survive them.

All Hail the Lord of Misrule

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From now until after New Year, it’s fully authorized and officially sanctioned binge time, and rather than one Lord of Misrule, we have thousands.

Remodeling Halloween

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What can we do to make Halloween candy collection less important? One option is to shift the emphasis to creativity and participation.

Halloween — a Paradigm Shift

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Here’s a quick rundown of the insidious ways Halloween could do harm, along with some suggestions for “best practices.”

Childhood Obesity News | OVERWEIGHT: What Kids Say | Dr. Robert A. Pretlow
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