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

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.

How Should Our Diet Change as We Age? (Part 2)

Is there a special diet that will extend our lives?

Fusion Cuisine

The FATT Initiative: Food as Tasteful Therapy. Why it is good eats and good medicine for us all.

Football Fan? if Your Team Loses You May Gain Weight

Snacking while watching football may not be the only reason you'll gain weight
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Why Do You Always Have Room for Dessert?

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in Science of Choice
Research consistently shows that exposure to a variety of foods results in overeating and weight gain.

Appetite for Risk

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in A Sideways View
Can we classify or categorize people according to the extent they enjoy risk taking?

Why Dieting With a Light Switch Mentality Can Be a Turnoff

By Gregg McBride on September 10, 2016 in The Weight-ing Game
Being "on" or "off" of a diet has become part of the weight loss industry vernacular. But this way of thinking can often lead to more weight gain than actual weight loss.

5 Reasons Why We Eat More Than We Realize

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 09, 2016 in Science of Choice
Human eating behavior is not solely regulated by homeostatic mechanisms but also by the food reward system.

Weight Loss Pills And Products Don't Work And Aren't Safe

By Allen J Frances M.D. on September 04, 2016 in Saving Normal
Diet pills and products aren't safe and don't work. Exercise, healthy diet and policy changes are the only solutions.

Food at Work

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on August 29, 2016 in A Sideways View
Do you eat a sandwich or a salad in Dilbert cubicle or do you socialise in the canteen? Can your lunch or snack influence how you think and feel? And if so, what should you eat?

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?