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Food Addiction

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.

Rachel Lost 67 Pounds: 'Fear Wasn't Going To Stop Me'

Rachel A. Cohen | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachel A. Cohen

I wasn't just overweight, but downright sickly due to poor nutrition and stress. I felt trapped in my sad state, recognizing that there was not enough food on the entire island of Manhattan to soothe me.

Protecting Home Turf in the Fight Against Processed Food

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

A war is brewing, reminiscent of the battle against Big Tobacco, but until policy and regulatory changes are in place there's a lot families can do to protect themselves.

The 7-Step Guide to Misery

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Why would someone make the choice to be miserable? Because it is often a way of getting attention and of attempting to get someone else to be responsible for them. If this is what you want, here is a roadmap to make sure you accomplish your goal!

The Label That Worsens Weight Stigma

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 03.15.2013 | Women

The stigma attached to food addiction is not as strong as the stigma attached to other addictions such as alcoholism or drug abuse, according to a new...

Addiction Isn't What It Used to Be

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

For the second time in less than a year, The New York Times Magazine has identified a major addictive trend that does not involve drugs. In this case, it is junk food.

Addicted to Food?

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

If you look at our culture's eating behavior, it certainly looks like addiction. Any situation is an opportunity to eat. Once we've started eating we don't seem to know when to stop, even when we want to, even when we know we're hurting ourselves.

My Conversation With Michael Moss: Bullies, Bodies, and the Body Politic

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The food industry brings in serious muscle to bully us into eating too much of all the wrong things, while someone counts the cash. Any conversation about personal responsibility or public policy that fails to acknowledge this reality is either disingenuous, or uninformed.

Is a Toxic Relationship the Source of Your Weight Gain?

Will Aguila, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2013 | Health and Fitness
Will Aguila, M.D.

The cycle of overeating and obesity can be broken. Those trapped in it know what it feels like, but putting our heads in the ground and wishing it would go away will not work -- anybody who has lost weight only to gain it all back and then some knows what I mean.

The Year I Overcame a Food Addiction, Found My Life Purpose and Became Fearless

Garance Clos | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
Garance Clos

Being human is scary. When you remove the walls between you and the outside world, when you let everyone see who you truly are, you have no idea about what the outcome will be.

Confessions of a Food Addict

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Now, close to 20 years since those early, painful days when I first discovered I was not alone, my life has completely changed. That person I was all those years ago is not who I am now. But I still remain an addict. It is who and what I am.

5 Steps for Mental, Spiritual, and Physical Rejuvenation

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition Turn on the TV, radio, iPad/pod/phone ...

The Science of Junk Food Addiction and How to Break the Cycle

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by Isaac Eliaz, MD, LAc, integrative medicine pioneer Overindulgence usually starts small: a potato chip, a dab of ranch dip. You fill out the plat...

Why Can't I Curb My Cravings?

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 03.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

Although curbing cravings can be difficult, particularly if you are already in a pattern of indulging, it is possible to better understand your cravings and make even small changes that have a lasting impact on your willpower.

5 Secrets to a Joyous No-Weight-Gain Holiday

Maria Rodale | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition It's the holidays, and even the most st...

Jane Lost More Than 100 Pounds: 'Now I Know That I'm Truly Worth Fighting For'

Posted 11.07.2012 | Healthy Living

Got a success story of your own? Send it to us at success.stories@huffingtonpost.com and you could be featured on the site! Name: Jane Hopke Age: ...

How I Beat My Cookie Addiction

Maureen Anderson | Posted 12.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

Every year I used to lose the same 10 or 15 pounds every summer, only to gain them back by Thanksgiving. One year I wondered if it was the cookies. My husband said, "Duh." On a whim I made him a bet: I would only bake the cookies, not wear them on my hips.

6 Ways to Beat a Food Addiction

Maria Rodale | Posted 12.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition It's an all-too-common scenario: You wa...

The Salted Caramel Ice Cream of Sex

Ethlie Ann Vare | Posted 12.22.2012 | Women
Ethlie Ann Vare

Internet pornography is the junk food of sex and love addiction.

Schools Ban Flamin' Hot Cheetos, But Why Stop There?

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 10.19.2012 | Home
Bettina Elias Siegel

Various schools around the country are banning Flamin' Hot Cheetos. But what makes Flamin' Hot Cheetos so different from other junk food that it deserves its own special ban in schools? And why are schools in the business of selling this stuff?

The Deluded Mantras of Addiction

Stanton Peele | Posted 12.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Following are five key ways in which addiction experts demonstrate a detachment from the most self-evident truths about addiction, and what causes their addiction delusions.

Am I Addicted to Food?

Michelle May, M.D. | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Michelle May, M.D.

Without a doubt, the eat-repent-repeat cycle must be resolved -- but calling it "addiction" takes away the power to change and prevents you from learning to use food in an enjoyable, moderate way.

Why I Quit Junk Food Cold Turkey

Maureen Anderson | Posted 11.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

I might not live longer, but I feel great. That makes passing up the French fries -- and the French toast, drizzled with so much butter and syrup even the new me pauses for a moment of wistful -- so worth it.

How To Lose Weight... Without Leaving Your House

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 09.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Irene Rubaum-Keller

There are many things in life we can't control. If you have a weight issue, sometimes it may feel like you can't control how much or what you eat. You may feel like you're at the mercy of the food. I certainly did.

If You Want to Lose Weight But You Aren't -- Why?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 09.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

You can read every diet book and try every weight-loss drug and every new diet, but if you don't learn to manage your painful feelings in ways that don't cause even more pain, you will not lose weight or keep weight off.