Dr. Nicole Avena at the Symposium


At the WPA symposium Dr. Avena talked about physiological similarities between drug and food addictions and looking at overeating through the lens of addiction.

Dr. Pretlow’s WPA World Congress Symposium


Dr. Pretlow would like to see more psychiatrists and psychologists regard disordered overeating and the consequent obesity as a psychological problem.

Psychiatry, Psychology, Obesity


Is obesity a psychological or physical issue? It’s time to take a hard look and think about where, among the confusing plethora of terminology, it might belong.

Newest Obesity Stats Alarming


According to one meta study, the rate of childhood obesity has multiplied tenfold since 1975. It’s now pushing 20%.

BFRBs, the Dual Evil of Soda, and Cosmic Big Mama Cat


How much of what we call motor activity, including eating as a tension-relieving BFRB, is a perverse response to touch deprivation?

Relationship Between Food Addiction and BED


Whether compulsive eating is a substance addiction or a behavioral addiction, the results are pretty much the same: obesity and assorted co-morbidities.

Quality of Life Roundup


Some studies found quality of life of obese kids to be on a par with that of juvenile chemotherapy patients.

Questions of Terminology for Obesity and Addiction


Since disordered overeating so often leads to obesity — why isn’t obesity considered a psychological problem — and an eating disorder?

Can Sub-Optimal Attitudes Change?


Obesity bias begins early in childhood. There’s evidence that children as young as four and five respond differently to obese peers than normal-weight peers.

Types of Bias in Treating Obesity


One of the problems with treating obesity is getting some medical professionals on board with compassion for the pain of obese patients and their challenges.

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