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.

Obesity and the Legendary Philosopher’s Stone


The seven healthful habits to help maintain sustainable weight loss include patience, sacrifice, realistic planning, lifestyle change, diet, exercise, and accountability.

The Symbolic Eating Peril


A great deal of our behavior and interactions are symbolic during the holidays. We eat comfort foods for nostalgia because they have personal meaning.

In Merry Old England


It’s hard to ignore the fact that the United Kingdom has been something of a hot spot in the controversy over the taxing of sugar products.

Tolerance, Obesity and Co-Morbidities


Several international bodies combined their data to estimate the proportions of the obesity epidemic 15 years down the line, and the results are dismal.

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?

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