Answers to Appetite

Integrative and natural therapies for disordered eating

Has Your Appetite Gone Wild?

You might have thought appetite could be conquered through willpower and dieting, but science is now revealing that it is not so simple. Read More

The problem I have with these

The problem I have with these kind of articles is used in the "wrong hands" they become excuses for people who don't simply have the real motivation to control their diet.

Anorexia is a good example of one of these issues, being it effects somewhere less than .5% of the female population but gets talked about as a major concern on equal footing with obesity which is about 30%.

Being people are getting fatter over the last 40 years, substantially, its obviously not some rare disorders in appetite causing this for the majority.


I think omnivores would have a more delicate food-reward system. For a carnivore, such as a cat, it's simple: food is good, seek food. When not hungry, rest. For an herbivore, it's just as simple: Graze slowly. All the time. But for an omnivore, the need for variety keeps us thinking about food when we're not hungry, repelled by some foods even if we are hungry; complicated. So humans, dogs and crows would have a wider range of eating behavior.

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James M. Greenblatt, M.D., a dually certified child and adult psychiatrist, is a pioneer in integrative medicine. His latest book is The Breakthrough Depression Solution.


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