Category: 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.

Paul Mason, Addict 2

September 28, 2022
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To persist in harmful behavior even when it ruins one’s closest relationships is the behavior of an addict. Paul Mason’s life reflects this.

Paul Mason, Addict 1

September 27, 2022
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We trace the journey of the (previously) world’s fattest man from England to the USA and back to his homeland, and look at the roots of his food addiction.

Paul Mason, Fat Kid

September 26, 2022
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We continue discussing the life story of Paul Mason, the formerly The World’s Fattest Man.

Formerly Fat, Latterly Lapsed 4

September 12, 2022
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More on Paul Mason, the former world’s fattest man, and his struggle with addition.

Formerly Fat, Latterly Lapsed 3

September 9, 2022
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We continue detailing the successes and challenges of Paul Mason’s life, the former world’s fattest man.

Formerly Fat, Latterly Lapsed 2

September 8, 2022
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We continue highlighting the life and successes of Paul Mason, who used to weight almost 1,000 pounds and had managed to shed most of it.

Formerly Fat, Latterly Lapsed 1

September 7, 2022
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Paul Mason, born a subject of the British queen, has lived one of the saddest obesity stories of all time, and also one of the most frustrating.

What in the World Is a Dread List? (Continued)

September 1, 2022
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One of the ways BrainWeighve works is by combining the powers of a Dread List with a set of corresponding Action Plans.

What in the World Is a Dread List?

August 31, 2022
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It is quite likely that a person’s overeating problems stem from mental frustration with situations that seem insoluble. Learn how this app can help.

What in the World Is BrainWeighve?

August 30, 2022
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BrainWeighve is a new phone app in its final stages of development by Dr. Pretlow and his team. Today, we discuss some of the basic ideas behind it.

Addiction and Displacement Theory Presentation 5

August 24, 2022
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The tricky thing about displacement behavior is that it can look just like normal behavior, except that the activity was determined not proper.

Addiction and Displacement Theory Presentation 4

August 23, 2022
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Here are more details about Dr. Pretlow’s World Obesity Federation Conference presentation, including a discussion on the definition of addiction.

Addiction and Displacement Theory Presentation 3

August 22, 2022
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This is a continuation of comments related to the presentation Dr. Pretlow gave at the World Obesity Federation Conference in 2019.

Addiction and Displacement Theory Presentation 2

August 19, 2022
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This continues a look at Dr. Pretlow’s presentation about addiction and displacement theory, touching on the Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors.

Addiction and Displacement Theory Presentation

August 18, 2022
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Take a look at Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at a 2019 conference on the concepts of food addiction and eating addiction as they relate to displacement theory.

The Advantages of a Mobile Application for Weight Loss

August 16, 2022
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In their study, Drs. Prelow and Glasner have shown that a smartphone application can short-circuit the displacement mechanism when used during peak stress.

What Is Drive-Reduction Theory?

July 18, 2022
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It seems that in its simplest form, drive-reduction theory has to do with physiological (bodily) needs. It’s more complicated though.

Displacement — Definitions and Examples

July 6, 2022
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Displacement behavior is a biobehavioral mechanism that allows an animal to deal with situations that cannot readily be faced, avoided, or thwarted.

Addiction and Consequences

June 8, 2022
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Addiction can foster some really twisted thinking, and people who are hooked on eating are no exception. Children are not exempt, either.

Shame and Guilt, Guilt and Shame

June 7, 2022
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Guilt is an arrow; shame is a thick obscuring fog. Guilt is objective and can be disproven; shame is subjective and can only be dispelled.

Similar Emotions, Different Results

June 6, 2022
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Guilt as an emotional “first responder” can be beneficial. It can serve as a “note to self” that behavior needs to be corrected.

Deep Emotions, Useful and Otherwise

June 3, 2022
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Shame can trigger a dependency on alcohol or drugs as a method of escape, which is no help when dependency on a substance is the underlying problem.

Painful Emotions Complicate the Problem

June 2, 2022
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Many people spend their lives drowning in guilt and shame about something or other, and that is a problem in itself.

Moral Factors in Addiction

June 1, 2022
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Maintaining an addiction will cause a person to give up the activities they used to care about unless purposes can be combined.

If It Isn’t Addiction, What Is It?

May 24, 2022
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We have been talking about the concepts of food addiction and eating addiction, and what a person might contribute to the likelihood of becoming addicted.

Happiness Quotient vs. Obesity, Continued

May 23, 2022
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Some countries have a fortunate genetic heritage that leaves their feel-good genes unfettered, making them happy countries. Let’s look at the inner workings.

Happiness Quotient vs. Obesity

May 20, 2022
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Do certain genes exert influence over a person’s likelihood of developing an addiction to food and/or eating? It does seem likely.

Feel-Good Genes and Addiction, Continued

May 19, 2022
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Heredity influences the body and brain to have certain attitudes and behaviors around food and eating. This is significant for many reasons.

What Goes On In There?

May 18, 2022
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What other substances and processes can influence our moods and cravings? And how does displacement behavior resemble addictive behavior?

Feel-Good Genes and Addiction

May 17, 2022
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As it turns out, the topic of genetics and the long-cherished hope of discovering “the” obesity gene might throw some light on this puzzle from another angle.

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Profiles: Kids Struggling with Weight

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The Book

OVERWEIGHT: What Kids Say explores the obesity problem from the often-overlooked perspective of children struggling with being overweight.

About Dr. Robert A. Pretlow

Dr. Robert A. Pretlow is a pediatrician and childhood obesity specialist. He has been researching and spreading awareness on the childhood obesity epidemic in the US for more than a decade.
You can contact Dr. Pretlow at:

Presentations

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the American Society of Animal Science 2020 Conference
What’s Causing Obesity in Companion Animals and What Can We Do About It

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the World Obesity Federation 2019 Conference:
Food/Eating Addiction and the Displacement Mechanism

Dr. Pretlow’s Multi-Center Clinical Trial Kick-off Speech 2018:
Obesity: Tackling the Root Cause

Dr. Pretlow’s 2017 Workshop on
Treatment of Obesity Using the Addiction Model

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation for
TEC and UNC 2016

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the 2015 Obesity Summit in London, UK.

Dr. Pretlow’s invited keynote at the 2014 European Childhood Obesity Group Congress in Salzburg, Austria.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2013 European Congress on Obesity in Liverpool, UK.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2011 International Conference on Childhood Obesity in Lisbon, Portugal.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2010 Uniting Against Childhood Obesity Conference in Houston, TX.

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