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Food Addiction

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

Tony Posnanski | Posted 07.31.2014 | 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."

I am a Recovering Junk-Food Addict

Food Riot | Posted 04.01.2014 | Taste
Food Riot

I'm working through this, but it's hard. I'm that "heavy user" of products that has Pavlovian cravings when I see an ad. I'm the person who can't get enough of the intoxicating combination of the salt-rush, the mouthfeel of fat, the neurological jackpot effect of sugar. But: the other day, I drank a cup of coffee without adding milk or sugar to it for the first time in a long time. It's a start.

Confession of a Food Addict

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

I am a recovering food addict. I don't go looking for sugar, and my body is leaner and fitter than ever with the same amount of exercise or less. I walk right by the bakery, the candy aisle, and even the Häagen-Dazs stores, which I could never do before.

Marie Lost 143 Pounds: 'I Am No Longer A Slave To My Addiction'

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

Got a success story of your own? Send it to us at success.stories@huffingtonpost.com and you could be featured in our I Lost Weight series! Name: M...

Thick Thighs and Paris Street Food

Akela Stanfield | Posted 01.26.2014 | Travel
Akela Stanfield

My nose was stimulated by stand after stand of amazing smells. It was then that one of the chefs stepped from behind his stall to call after us.

Can You Recondition Your Brain to Stop Overeating?

Alejandra Ruani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Alejandra Ruani

The compulsion overtakes your brain and pretty much shuts down your rational reasoning. The key in here is to "wake up," engage your conscious brain, and "observe" your primitive brain and the trouble it's getting you into.

WATCH: Why This Woman Was 'Successful Yet Really Unhappy'

Posted 10.04.2013 | Women

Nisha Moodley runs the women's empowerment website Fierce, Fabulous and Free. But before she reached a state of self-acceptance herself, she had to co...

Food Addiction Is Real

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

  by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition One year ago I launched my book...

WATCH: Why We Overeat

Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living

This panel is presented at The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health in collaboration with The Huffington Post, including video courtesy of HBO. ...

Jack Meet the New Crack: How Food Addiction Is Killing My Generation

Brad Lamm | Posted 10.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Brad Lamm

Food cravings can be a good thing. It's important for all of us to put the crack pipe down -- figuratively speaking -- and pick up some self-loving food instead.

Is It Hunger? Or a Craving?

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Irene Rubaum-Keller

Self awareness, and in particular, paying attention to what and why you eat, is key to conquering any weight or food addiction issues.

5 Clues You Are Addicted to Sugar

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that, in fact, higher-sugar, higher-glycemic foods can be addictive.

The Mindful Remedy for Food Addiction

Emily Bennington | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Emily Bennington

While I wouldn't wish an addiction on anyone else, walking through this storm has taught me a very important lesson: The more you choose to respect yourself, the easier that choice becomes over time.

David Freeman

Shocking Food Addiction Study Points Finger At Sexual Abuse

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 06.07.2013 | Science

What makes people fat? All sorts of things have been blamed, from too much eating and too little exercise to slow metabolisms and fast food—even air...

Understanding Food Addiction

Tennie McCarty | Posted 06.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Tennie McCarty

Like an addiction to drugs or alcohol, food addicts will struggle to simply stop their addictive behavior, even when the behavior leads to weight gain, or damages relationships.