Food Addiction

The food addiction paradigm is a primary cause of the childhood and adult obesity epidemic. Highly pleasurable foods, such as junk food and fast food, can be addictive. Posts in this section explore food addiction and its impact on obesity.

The Childhood Obesity Solution?


What kinds of family-wide intervention strategies might help to lower the risk of obesity in high-risk children? Addressing maternal depression is one.

Some Therapies


In the effort to reverse the childhood obesity trend, experts believe that treatment must be family-based and must include training in behavior modification.

Eating and Other Strange Behaviors


Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors like fingernail gnawing could be compared to compulsive eating because they happen under many of the same circumstances.

Pet Obesity and a Certain Amount of Weirdness


Co-dependency takes many forms. Pets can become morbidly obese, but they can also recover if given the opportunity for a new lease on life.

Kids, Pets, and Withdrawal


It is National Pet Obesity Awareness Month, and we’ve been talking about what happens when a pet-parent tries to halt the pet animal’s addiction to overeating.

More About How to Help Kids and Pets


What happens when a pet-parent or child-parent initiates a program designed to reverse the addiction to problem eating?

How to Help Kids and Pets


Eliminating problem foods and between-meal snacking, as well as decreasing portion sizes, can help prevent obesity in both kids and pets.

Problem Eating and Mindfulness


Whether it is called a behavioral addiction or a bad habit, problem eating is a maladaptive response to pain. Mindfulness can be a tremendous coping skill for children and parents.

What Can Mindfulness Do, Exactly?


When it comes to eating, mindfulness can protect us against inner urges by teaching us how to evaluate and reinterpret scrambled messages.

Mindful Eating Tips


To mark World Obesity Day (Oct.11) the UK College of Contemporary Health published a free e-book, “Top 10 Tips to Avoid Mindless Eating.”

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