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

Journal of the Association for Consumer Research

Surprise! Nagging Your Spouse to Lose Weight Backfires

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on May 22, 2017 in Scientocracy
Sometimes the worst way to keep people from engaging in harmful behaviors is to tell them to avoid those behaviors.

How A Psychologist Lost Weight Drinking Soda

A psychologist visited Paris and lost weight. He credits the soda.

How Much Does a Blog Title Matter?

By Emily T. Troscianko on April 29, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Lately I’ve begun to wonder whether A Hunger Artist is an awful name for this blog. How do you interpret it? How do I worry you do? How would I like you to?

How to Understand Depression

Although Dr. Sapolsky argues depression "screams biology", the fact is it "screams psychology" far louder.

Don't Be the Chicken and Cheetos Lady

By Colleen Long Psy.D. on April 12, 2017 in The Happiness Rx
This is why psychologists deny certain people for weight loss surgery.

Want to Lose Weight? Go to Bed Earlier

No one likes being on a diet. How about sleeping instead? Get more sleep and leverage the easiest, most enjoyable weight loss strategy in existence.

Is Global Warming Making You Fat?

Brown fat can help control your weight but only when you're cold.

Are Tattoos Addictive?

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on March 17, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
Do tattoos trigger craving for more?

Whole Paycheck Pauper? You’re Paying 47% More For Psychology

Eggs all in one basket? “Organic food” and its marketing is not all it’s cracked up to be. The firmest fact about organic is the marketing power behind it.

4 Ways Tech Can Help Improve your Health this Spring

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Connected
Check out how to use the tech in your life to improve your health.

The Biggest Psychological Mystery We Ignore

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in Ambigamy
All of the biggest philosophical, theological, biological, psychological and sociological questions boiled down to one that most of us haven't heard nor thought about.

Hungry? I'll Feed You! A Working Example of the I-M Approach

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on February 15, 2017 in The I-M Approach
Ever feed someone? This simple kindness can have a long-lasting effect. The four domains of the I-M Approach are explored when a little boy asks his mother for a snack.

Sex and its Divine Nature

Why does our sexual appetite come and go? Is sex an activity that brings pleasure because it nurtures our ego? Or is it the opposite? Is sex so good because it disrupts our ego?

Procuring The Unconventional

Why you need to source your food like a chef; not just for flavor but for health

Fat Cats Are Actually Slim

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on January 18, 2017 in The Human Beast
New research finds that people who are slim and tall are significantly more likely to buy stocks.
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Eating When Not Hungry Could Be More Harmful than You Think

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on January 11, 2017 in Scientocracy
If possible, wait until you’re hungry to eat. If you’re going to snack while hungry, try something with a low glycemic index, like nuts or cheese. Your pancreas will thank you!

Why I'm Resolving NOT To Diet This Year

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on January 02, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
Weight loss is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions. This year, I'm resolving NOT to diet. Here are 4 reasons why. I hope you'll join me in making 2017 a diet-free year.

Wine, Women, and Sweet Siren Songs

Are you chained to sweetened soft drinks?

How to Stay Full in 2017 When You Are on a Diet

A new fruit compound to help you lose weight this year?

Your Teen Has Suicidal Thoughts—How Worried Should You Be?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on December 27, 2016 in Open Gently
Insomnia and loss of appetite are warning signs.

Sugar by Any Other Name? Low Calorie Sweeteners

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on December 27, 2016 in The Gravity of Weight
Low calorie sweeteners have been around for more than 100 years. Why are they still cause for controversy and concern?

To Nog or Not to Nog

What is the dish on dairy?

Trauma Documented Three Decades After Chernobyl Disaster

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Talking About Trauma
To this day, those affected by the explosion continue to struggle, living in fear of long-lasting consequences such as birth defects and contaminated foods.

How Will You Feel After Thanksgiving and Black Friday?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in How To Do Life
Ways to avoid overeating and overspending.
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Sleep Less, Weigh More

Does getting a bit less sleep make you hungry?

The Link Between Sleep Deprivation and Weight Gain

We've all experienced sleepless nights. How does this affect our eating patterns the next day?

What Should You Do if You Think Your Child Is Too Fat?

You can use the CDC calculator to see if your child is too heavy.

Jamaica (Roselle): A Tea to Lift your Spirits

Looking for a delicious, antioxidant anti-inflammatory beverage to serve in your waiting room for depressed clients? Or just to drink yourself?

A Wine-y Time of Year (Conclusion)

The conclusion of wine and health primer 101!

Why Malnutrition Too Often Goes Undiagnosed

By Mark Corkins M.D. on October 27, 2016 in Your Child’s Health
Malnutrition is a growing US healthcare concern.