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

What Your Earliest Food Memories Say About You

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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
Need help controlling your weight? Here are effective psychologically-based tips.

The Plant Paradox: Are All Vegetables Good for Us?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on June 17, 2017 in Brain Waves
Is it possible that hidden lectins in our foods are harming us?

Hunger

By Emily T. Troscianko on June 15, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Reliving a small insight.

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How Our Body Ages, Part 2

Our heart, lungs, liver and gastrointestinal tract change as we age in ways that may surprise you.
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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
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By Colleen Long Psy.D. on April 12, 2017 in The Happiness Rx
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Are Tattoos Addictive?

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on March 17, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
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By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Connected
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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.

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By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on February 15, 2017 in The I-M Approach
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By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on January 18, 2017 in The Human Beast
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