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Food Addiction

Obesity and Food Addiction: It's Not About Willpower

Tim Ward | Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Tim Ward

While it's nationally recognized that we are in the midst of an "obesity epidemic," our response remains gravely inadequate. Imagine handling the ebol...

A Breakup Letter to McDonald's

Michael Rudin | Posted 02.27.2015 | Comedy
Michael Rudin

You've been there for me for so long and I've been selfish. I haven't let you go because it would be letting go of a lot more -- admitting something I know I'm not ready to -- but that's not fair, and I realize that now.

The Most Addictive Foods, According To Science

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 02.25.2015 | Healthy Living

It's easy to claim we're "addicted" to foods like the donuts from down the street or our beloved Thai takeout. But while the concept of food addiction...

The Ambivalence of an Addict

Andrea Wachter | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrea Wachter

If you are struggling with an addiction and considering giving it up, you will likely have to deal with some ambivalence. With help, willingness and positive changes, you can learn to feel your emotions fully until they pass, retrain your brain till it's filled with kinder thoughts, and fill some of the spaces that addiction attempts to temporarily fill. You can challenge the powerful voice of addiction until your ambivalence turns into clarity, conviction and compassion.

Two Different Paths to Obesity and What They Have in Common

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 01.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

It's hard to tease apart metabolic vs. hedonic causes for obesity, and impossible to change the underlying genetics leading to each susceptibility. Both mechanisms explain why it's so hard to lose weight and keep it off.

The TGIF! Diet -- Why It Works

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

No, we're not talking about the restaurant. We're talking about how I lost 140 pounds 30 years ago and kept it off with what has been called the TGI...

It Was Me All Along: My Story of Losing 100 Pounds and Finding Myself

Andie Mitchell | Posted 03.08.2015 | Women
Andie Mitchell

The thinness I'd achieved came with its own brand of indignity. It was the fear of gaining back each pound, of proving myself a fail­ure, that plagued me. It was the fatness of my shadow that followed me into the dark alley of an eating disorder.

Feeling Overwhelmed? Here's What to Do About It

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 01.17.2015 | Healthy Living
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

Developing the techniques and skills to avoid feeling overwhelmed and relieving it if it happens are key to solving the problem. Here are a few of the habits I've learned and teach that are a good start to getting a handle on it.

I Used to Binge, Now I Don't -- Here's What I Learned

Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA

When we're willing to look underneath the surface, we can discover the truth of who we are and the real healing can begin. It might not be easy but if I could do it, anyone can. All you need is the willingness, the desire to change your life.

Impossible Goals and My Quest to Lose 175 Pounds

Don McNay | Posted 01.01.2015 | Business
Don McNay

Some people think aiming to lose 175 pounds is insane. For me, it is the only way to get there. When I've set "impossible" goals in a business setting, I've always made them. I get excited and motivated. Small goals don't interest me at all.

Taking My Body Back From Bipolar, One Bite at a Time

Emily Grossman | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

The hardest part has been the self-esteem blow that gaining 100 pounds has given me. I am learning, slowly, to be kinder to myself, and not beat myself up. I was taking that medication in the hopes that I could become better.

Should the U.S. Sue Food Companies for the Costs of the Obesity Epidemic?

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

Who will step up to take on the food industry like those heroes who took on tobacco?

Maybe Obesity Isn't the Problem

Kelly Coffey | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelly Coffey

In my case, obesity was a symptom, and not the problem itself. I wish someone had told me before I had gastric bypass surgery that my real issues were shame and addiction. Getting thin wasn't my solution -- it was what made me miserable enough to finally get well.

Anna Almendrala

Food Addiction vs. Eating Addiction: Why A Single Word Makes All The Difference

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living

After a tough or emotional day, I will sometimes go home and eat ______ until I'm sick. How people answer this question is at the crux of an emerg...

What It's Like When You Weigh 380 Pounds and Order a Salad

Tony Posnanski | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Tony Posnanski

I ordered a salad. It was only 410 calories. The people behind me giggled when I placed my order. Maybe they were laughing about something else. I always heard laughter when I went places. I believe a lot of it was because of me.

Fatty Cat and Me: A Codependent Relationship

Parri Sontag | Posted 09.13.2014 | Women
Parri Sontag

I have two cats. One's a bag of bones and the other's obese. I love them both, but there's a special place in my heart for the fat one. We understand each other.

Top 7 Most Addictive Unhealthy Foods

BuiltLean | Posted 08.30.2014 | Healthy Living
BuiltLean

The foods on this list are calorie-dense, lack nutritional value, and can be addictive. While most of us indulge in these foods every once in a while, if you find yourself constantly craving these addictive foods, consider writing down the situations when you start craving them.

Food, Addiction and Obesity: Why We Are All at Risk

Nicole Avena, Ph.D. | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Avena, Ph.D.

The idea that some foods may be addictive, or that some people may be "food addicts," has changed how we may begin to think about the obesity epidemic, but it also poses questions regarding whom this may affect.

My Weight-Loss Story: 'I am Not a Fat Girl: I am Fearless'

Liz Taylor | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Liz Taylor

Motivation is the number one thing a person needs to lose weight and/or transform his or her life. However, the stipulation about motivation is it cannot be bought. It cannot be surgically implanted. It cannot be taken every morning with a glass of water. Motivation has to come from a person being mentally stronger than he or she has ever been.

Anna Almendrala

Is This What Fuels Food Addiction?

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living

There's a well-established link between impulsive behavior and addiction in scientific literature, but which came first: impulsiveness, or the addicti...

Eating Is Not a Hobby

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

Thirty years ago I lost 140 pounds the right way after 25 years of being obese and trying to lose weight the wrong way. Fortunately, I'm one of the ap...

This Explains Why You Have Food Cravings

U.S. News & World Report | Yuri Elkaim | Posted 03.29.2014 | Fifty

Have you ever wondered why you crave certain foods, even when you’re not hungry? There are a few possibilities to explain your food cravings. Here a...

What's Wrong With Us? Three Names, One Place, a Company and a Substance

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.26.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Instead of the unending beauty pageant, my colleagues could all rally around the fundamentals of healthful eating, which are in fact well-established. But I guess the allure of fame and fortune is just too great.

The No. 1 Lazy-Proof Strategy to Lose Weight

Alejandra Ruani | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Alejandra Ruani

It can sometimes be difficult to resist buying tasty cakes and snacks while doing your grocery shopping. But there is something that could be multip...

5 Things That Weight Maintainers Do That You Don't (And How to Fix It)

Alejandra Ruani | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Alejandra Ruani

Long-term maintainers may continue with some behaviors that helped them lose weight, but not all. Maintaining needs to feel easy and not as hard as losing. In order to achieve this, you need to focus on something called "habit forming."