Analyzing Appetite

If only it were a simple process: get hungry, eat, get full, stop eating. But an array of biochemicals sending signals to the brain makes appetite very complex. Our malleable appetites allow us to take advantage of excess calories whenever they are available—but sometimes they can be difficult to control. 

Recent posts on Appetite

Farm Animal Suffering Leaves a Bad Taste In Your Mouth

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Animals and Us
In a series of recent experiments, researchers found that whether we think animals were raised humanely or on a factory farm affects the way their meat tastes.

Will Sugar Take Away the New Baby Blues?

I love this baby so much! But why do I need to eat and sleep all the time?

Help! I Am Gaining Weight Watching the Food Network?

Who among us does not look at these cooking shows and daydream about some of the recipes shown?

The "Electrochemical Persuasion" of Neuromodulation

Deliberate stimulation of the brain to manipulate behavior reads like something out of George Orwell’s "1984," but treatment of eating disorders & obesity is no longer "brainless"

Getting Back to the Source

Be a Chef, not a consumer! Learn to source your food.

Hunger: It's All in Your Head

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 01, 2016 in Cravings
Your brain and body work together to tell you when to eat and when to stop.

Music Enhances Beer's Flavor

Listening to music we love can make whatever we're drinking taste much more delicious.

Feel Good About Your Eating and Your Weight

You can lose excess weight and keep it off by changing your relationship with your body. You can do it by becoming more compassionately self-aware.

One Eating Habit You Can Easily Change Right Now

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on July 22, 2016 in Comfort Cravings
Find out one easy thing you can do today to change your eating habits. This new study in the journal Appetite, makes you think twice about how you serve food.

See Food

Can we supplement our way to good health?

America's Racial Hunger Games

Race is cat-fishing Americans. Based on our segregated racial past we go along trying to represent what we think is our racial district. But representing race is a killing game.

Like Buttah

Butter is back—but it never left.

The Carbohydrate Conundrum

Less carbs? More whole grains? What does it all mean? A new study helps clarify.

Hungry vs. Loyal: Ramsay's Hounds on the Hierarchy of Needs

Game of Thrones villain Ramsay Bolton suggests that he will feed his foes to his ravenous hounds, dogs he believes loyal to himself. Can dogs follow humans' hierarchy of needs?

Philadelphia’s Snack a Tax

Is a taxation to limit mastication ever justifiable or effective?

The Myth of Nutrition

Why nutrition will never change the way we eat
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When Children Question Why They Are Eating Animals

Are children inherently vegetarian? When children refuse to eat animals.

Body Weight in the Time of Climate Control

Why have we become fatter in the past 40 years? One plausible contribution is the amount of time we spend in climate-controlled surroundings--the so-called "thermoneutral zone"-TNZ

There Are 5 Better Ways to Eat, and You Can Start Today

Start incorporating mindful eating into your life by engaging each of your five senses in a unique way.

A Salty Red Herring

Too Little, too much; does it even matter? The truth about dietary sodium and the importance of quality food.

Are You Killing Your Dog With Sweetness?

The FDA warns that a sweetener used in sugarless gum, candy, baked goods, toothpaste, and some nut butters can be life-threatening to dogs.

More Evidence for the Mediterranean Diet

Can a cuisine be good for you AND taste good?

Why We Lose Our Appetites When We Get Sick

If you’ve ever fallen ill and found yourself barely able to stomach a spoonful of chicken soup, you already know that getting sick can be a major appetite killer.

Why Your Diet Is Making You Fat, and 3 Solutions

New research suggests that our biology fights back after weight loss. Learn what you can do to start working with your body instead of fighting against it.

3 Strategies to Stop Overeating

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on May 05, 2016 in Critical Feeling
When people want to change their eating behavior, they start with changing themselves. Yet sometimes it is smart to change the environment.

How to Eat Slower: 6 Strategies

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on April 26, 2016 in Comfort Cravings
We've all heard that it is important to eat slower. Here are 5 compelling reasons slow down your pace today and 6 strategies that can help make it happen.

The Quick and the Dead

Does convenience determine your food and health choices?

Marijuana and Weight: A Plant With Virtues to Be Discovered?

Many people have experienced the “munchies,” those extraordinarily powerful feelings of hunger after using marijuana. Surprisingly, marijuana has paradoxical effects on weight.

When Tradition Trumps Science

Saturated fat that naturally occurred in the diet was never bad for us. How did we fall off the edge of the map?