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.

Displacement Mechanism Has Two Aspects

April 18, 2023
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As previously suggested, some might have a problem with defining displacement behavior as out of context.

More Displacement Questions

April 17, 2023
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Addictive behavior makes no sense to anyone, either the person who does it, or the others who are affected.

Displacement Questions

April 14, 2023
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Traditionally, displacement activity is defined as normal behavior that happens out of context and is irrepressible. But who gets to decide that?

Training the Treacherous Mouth

April 13, 2023
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Sensory-specific satiety became a guiding principle for the processed-food industry. The biggest hits owe their success to complex formulas for the taste buds.

The Treacherous Mouth, Again

April 12, 2023
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Fat does not seem to have a hedonic breakpoint, so combining it with sugar promotes overeating very effectively.

The Treacherous Mouth, Continued

April 11, 2023
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Any overeaten food represents a mixture of the sensory and behavioral addiction components. The combination comprises eating addiction.

Go Amuse Your Bouche

April 10, 2023
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The trouble is, a very large segment of society has devolved into a bunch of chronic mouth-amusers.

Our Own Mouths Betray Us

April 4, 2023
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Babies arrive with an innate love of sweetness, which generally does not fade with age, but all too often grows more extreme.

Babies With Bad Taste

April 3, 2023
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When it comes to addiction to food, or addiction to the act of eating, in many cases taste has a lot to do with it.

Where Serenity Is Found

March 31, 2023
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Is there a basic drive for serenity? There must be, because so many people look for it in addictions. But serenity can be found in a lot of other places.

Intuitive Eating — Bad Idea, or Terrible Idea?

January 24, 2023
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What is intuitive eating? Dietitians and book authors Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole are proponents of “intuitive eating,” and here are some details.

What Needs to be Said?

January 23, 2023
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The American Academy of Pediatrics urges avoidance of shaming and asks for sensitive and non-stigmatizing language to be used, but not everyone agrees.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 7

December 19, 2022
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Something about this season brings the serious problem of childhood obesity into special awareness.

A Winter Holidays Encyclopedia — 6

December 16, 2022
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Here’s another post with cogent reminders about the importance of mental health during the winter holidays, especially if a person is dealing with issues.

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.

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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.
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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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