Analyzing Appetite

If only it were a simple calculus: hungry, eat, full, stop. But an array of biochemicals sending signals to the brain from a variety of local centers and around the body makes appetite very complex. Appetite is malleable in order to take advantage of excess calories whenever they are available, and sometimes it can be difficult to control. 

Recent Posts on Appetite

Your Fitbit Is Ruining Your Relationship With Your Body

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 Food Junkie
Why obsessively tracking your health isn't so healthy after all

Overcoming Intimate Relationship Dynamics

You cannot be happy in love without being compassionate and kind.


By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 24, 2015 Ambigamy
Over-committed? Try inventorying your commitments. Some have accumulated like weeds worth pulling up by their roots.

One Of The Best Foods to Manage Hunger Throughout the Day

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on September 21, 2015 Comfort Cravings
Do you get to work in the morning and feel hungry before you even start your day—even though you just ate breakfast before you left? Many clients ask me what are some of the best foods to help manage their hunger and make you feel more satisfied. Here is one food that can help...

Why We’re Obsessed With Pumpkin Spice Everything

By Jordan Gaines Lewis on September 11, 2015 Brain Babble
Why do we get so obsessed with pumpkin spice everything this time of year? Here's the psychology behind the craze.

Parents With a Big Appetite for Their Children to Excel

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on September 11, 2015 Once Upon a Child
It is a rare parent who does not hope for great success in their children’s lives—for accomplishing at least as much, if not more, than the parents themselves did growing up.

Last Meals on Death Row — What Do They Reveal About You?

The ‘Death Row’ study found ice cream and pie were the most popular desserts followed by cake. Chocolate was scattered across food types including in milk, malt, pudding, and ice cream as well as cake, brownies, fudge, and cookies. Chocolate has a reputation as a coping food for stressful situations.

The Ego Diet

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 07, 2015 Ambigamy
Appetite for praise is a lot like appetite for fatty foods. Both are hazardous to your health and both can be curbed with the right effort.

“Friss Die Haelfte!”

After 35+ years of specialization in eating control, in 2013 I designed a small clinical program, which oversees weight control, exercise and emotional management for post-menopausal women with double diagnoses. I called the program Lean On Me, because the double entrendre connotes the power of group interaction to help with what seems impossible, as well as the optimal li

The Degenerate Anthropophaginian

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 02, 2015 Shadow Boxing
True crime author places Packer tale in context of cannibalism and crimes in American history.

3 Ways You Need to Invest in Your Relationship Every Day

When the physical hunger starts to wane, what can you do to keep the fire of steady love stoked?

Are You Angry or Hangry?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on August 28, 2015 Open Gently
Don't have angry discussions on an empty stomach. And if your husband is angry at you, make sure he's fed.

Vegetarianism and Money: Surprising Results from a New Study

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 Animals and Us
What the results of a new survey of the diets of Americans reveal about the connection between vegetarianism and household income.

Groovin’ on Movin’: A Model for Movement

Kate McFetridge, US silver medalist in the 2015 Pan American games, hopes to row for the US Olympic team in 2016. Join us at Vesper Boat Club as she teaches Ava, 9 and Sara, 5,how to avoid pediatric obesity and grow to adulthood intelligent, beautiful, and groovin' on movin".

Should you be Friends and Lovers? You Bet!

Friendship leads to lasting romance and sharing a meal with your beloved may help the flame of romance burn a little brighter.

Just a Spoonful of Sugar?

Jana finds that she craves sugar every night at about 9:00 PM. With help she gains control over her cravings. But how?

Are You an Adventurous Eater?

Do you like to try new, exotic foods or do you stick to the same foods you know you like? You may be surprised by some of the benefits of being an adventurous eater outlined in this article.

The Best Strategy For Getting Motivated

This month I've been focusing on motivation tips and getting to the bottom of what helps people to move out of their old ruts and start eating healthier and more mindfully today. Find out here!

4 Key Facts About Your Body and Your Relationship

How we feel about our bodies impacts our relationships and our relationships impact our feelings about our bodies. So what are some of the lessons from science that can contribute to improvements in not only our body image, but possibly our relationships?

The Difference Between Rationalization and Rationality

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 13, 2015 Ambigamy
Thinking fast; thinking slow is a hot topic these days, but it may be two topics confused with each other.

Brace Yourself

While egg freezing can offer a woman the possibility of extending her fertile years, it is a procedure that is far from benign in its psychological ramifications.

The 20 Best Motivational Quotes

Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight is a motivational quote I tell many of my clients, particularly when they are making efforts to change their eating and they slide back into old habits. Get 20 motivational quotes to get you inspired to get started and moving forward today!

Will Valuable Lessons Continue with Violence?

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on June 26, 2015 Screen Time
See the Mocking Jay's World Before it Rest - The Hunger Games: The Exhibition will open on July 1. The exhibit will provide fans with an insider's view of Panem everything from costumes to hands-on interactions. The level of violent content within is cause for discussion on its continuance. Will a similar level of violent now become commonplace in young adult media?

9 Scientific Strategies for Healthy Weight Without Dieting

The best way to achieve your "leanest livable weight" is to forsake dieting, give up on summoning that elusive willpower, and use the findings from social science to change your environments and your ways of thinking about food. The strategies are based on research, not some bogus fad.

Why Do We Eat?

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on June 17, 2015 Food Junkie
Why do we continue to eat when we are not even hungry? How has the food environment changed so drastically over time?

Are You the Real Thing?

Coca Cola's brilliant "Share-a-Coke" advertising campaign has resurrected the flagging giant and refueled the debate over the toxic adverse health effects of soda and the vulnerability of the consuming public.

Why Some of Us Get Bored—and Some Don't

By Temma Ehrenfeld on June 13, 2015 Open Gently
When you're bored, pay attention to why...And pay attention, period.

How Forgiveness Therapy Helps Emotional Eating

By Karen Salmansohn on June 09, 2015 Bouncing Back
If you want a successful Weight Loss Plan, start with a "Hate Loss Plan."

Why You Eat At Night And How to Stop

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 30, 2015 Open Gently
Food eaten late at night doesn't give you the buzz you crave.

When to Eat a Salad: Before or During a Meal?

Do you love summer salads? I did some research on whether it is helpful to serve/order a salad before or during a meal and how it impacts your appetite. And, I give an exciting new type of salad that can help you to eat more mindful.