1. Understanding Compulsive Overeating

    Some call it a food addiction. Others refer to it as compulsive overeating. No matter the label, researchers and doctors agree on one thing: fat, salt and sugar can alter the brain chemistry, making it more difficult to resist eating more. In his book, “The End of Overeating”, former FDA...
  2. Understanding Food Addiction

    Food, like chemical substances, can be addicting. Many people use food as a comfort when feeling down, depressed, anxious, stressed or angry. Foods high in sugar, salt, starch and fat are the most addictive and can trigger the brain with “feel-good” chemicals, similarly to heroin or cocaine. When food addicts...
  3. Effects of Spring Break on Body Image

    Spring break is right around the corner. For many high school and college students, spring break brings increased insecurities about their bodies. The idea of hitting the beach or lying out by the pool in a bathing suit with friends and fellow classmates can be paralyzing for individuals who suffer...
  4. Five Foods to Keep You Feeling Fuller Longer

    Fighting the battle of overeating means cutting food intake, and thus cutting calories. Though reducing your daily caloric intake may result in weight loss, it will also likely leave you feeling hungry. The inability to resist hunger when it strikes can send you spiraling downward, back into the cycle of...
  5. Orthorexia Nervosa: Is Your Diet Too Healthy?

    Orthorexia is an eating disorder characterized by an obsessive focus on eating healthy foods. In a nation with too many overweight and obese people, orthorexia can simply look like healthy eating to an outside observer. The problem is that orthorexics are so restrictive in their healthy food habits that they...
  6. Do you know someone who is eating themselves to death?

    When we see someone clutching their chest, we don’t hesitate to call 911 to get them professional help. Why are we so hesitant to get professional help when we know someone is poisoning themselves with food? The signs of obesity are just as obvious as a heart attack and the...
  7. The Master Cleanse: Fad diet in disguise

    The Master Cleanse. It sounds healthy – detox, purify, cleanse, etc. Unfortunately, these are the buzz words of yet another fad diet – a fad diet that does far more damage than good. On the Master Cleanse & similar “detox” programs, participants are expected to exist on little more than...
  8. Addiction and Codependency: Are you an Enabler?

    We all want to help the people we love, but there is a difference between helping and enabling. Do you have an addict in your life? Are you an enabler? Answer some of following questions to find out: Do you help the addict in your life avoid consequences for their...

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