Analyzing Appetite

If only nourishment were a simple process: get hungry, eat, get full, stop eating. But an array of biochemicals sending signals between the brain and the body control both hunger and appetite, and the difference between the two is complex. While hunger is a physical need for food, appetite is a desire for food. Your appetite may encourage you to overeat, eat when you're not hungry and choose fatty, sugary and salty foods over something healthier. Eating to satisfy your appetite can result in excess calories and a weight problem that is difficult to control. 

Recent posts on Appetite

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By Emily T. Troscianko on December 05, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Metaphors shape our language and our thought. Paying attention to them in illness and in health can help us clarify our defaults and experiment with other possibilities.

Wanting, Liking, and Overeating

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on December 01, 2017 in Cravings
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By Susan Albers Psy.D. on November 17, 2017 in Comfort Cravings
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By Anneli Rufus on November 14, 2017 in Stuck
Most restaurants are designed to attract and delight extroverts. What if some weren't?

Surviving Mealtimes With a Picky Eater

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
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What Hungry Dogs May Teach Us About Ourselves

Are hungry dogs teaching us about human appetite?
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Better Sleep with 5-HTP

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Relaxation, a strong bio clock, and better sleep: 5-HTP may help.

We Are Programmed for Gluttony and Weight Gain

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Beastly Behavior
The key to understanding our struggles with healthy weight management lies in our evolutionary past.

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By Emily T. Troscianko on September 30, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
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Weight Loss and Sleep: Is There a Connection?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Healthy weight and your sleep habits

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Dinner at Home or Do We Go Out?

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on September 24, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Cultural and generational changes in how we approach food color how we use food to express love. We can choose to cook, or gather, organize or ignore opportunities for feeding.

Why Changing Eating Habits (Permanently) Is So Hard

By Kari Anderson DBH, CEDS on September 13, 2017 in #BeHerNow
It’s complicated and primal, and it has everything to do with your brain trying to help you survive.

Are Your Food Cravings Genetic?

By Sunny Sea Gold on September 07, 2017 in Weighty Truths
Could our DNA drive us to naturally eat more bread, butter, or chocolate? It sure looks that way.

The Twilight Saga and Immortality Striving

By Brian A. Kinnaird Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in The Hero in You
If we accept our human condition and the many emotions that accompany mortality such as pain, discomfort, and, ultimately, death, we can begin to move beyond it.

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Do you dread stepping on the scale, or perhaps, you check your weight compulsively? When you weigh yourself can help you lose.

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The Molecules of a Pandemic

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on August 12, 2017 in Obesely Speaking
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Small Mistakes With Huge Consequences

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on August 11, 2017 in Obesely Speaking
The honest mistakes of a few are the reason 2.2 billion are overweight.

A Psychology of Humor

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
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Touch Hunger

By Neel Burton M.D. on June 29, 2017 in Hide and Seek
The breaking of a taboo.
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Dieting and Eating for Weight Control?

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on June 20, 2017 in On Call
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The Plant Paradox: Are All Vegetables Good for Us?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on June 17, 2017 in Brain Waves
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By Emily T. Troscianko on June 15, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Reliving a small insight.

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