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2009-12-30 06:45:00

MIAMI, Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- As holiday parties give way to New Year's resolutions, rehabs across the country become inundated, making early January one of the industry's busiest times of the year. Most doctors agree that addiction is a disease, not a moral failing, and people are becoming increasingly aware that addictions to drugs, alcohol, and even cigarettes require treatment for the underlying illness, without relying on willpower alone. Yet even as sex addiction makes headlines...

2009-12-23 08:16:29

The causes of obesity are complex and individual, but it is clear that chronic overeating plays a fundamental role. But when this behavior becomes compulsive and out of control, it is often classified as "food addiction" "“ a label that has generated considerable controversy, according to a McMaster University psychiatrist and obesity researcher. In a commentary appearing in the Dec. 21, 2009, issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), Dr. Valerie Taylor, an assistant...

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2009-12-19 08:53:45

Scientists have shown that people who tend to binge-eat do better in the short-term with therapy than people who use self-help techniques, according to a recent Reuters report. However, Dr. Carol B. Peterson of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and her colleagues found that in the long-term, self-help and therapist-assisted approaches seem to have about the same effectiveness. Binge eating disorder is characterized by compulsive overeating in which people consume huge amounts of food...

2009-11-30 21:46:33

With the holidays upon us, it's important to be judicious with your food intake throughout the season to avoid holiday weight gain, said a physician at Baylor College of Medicine. "The holiday season is a six-week-long food fest," said Dr. Steve Rosenbaum, assistant professor of medicine and section chief of general internal medicine at the Baylor Clinic. "If you do not want to look in the mirror Jan. 1, 2010 and feel depressed, it's important to pace your eating." Keep this mindset at...

2009-11-24 15:48:00

CHICAGO, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The holiday season can be a time full of joy, cheer, parties and family gatherings. But for many people, especially those recovering from an eating disorder, it's a time of self-evaluation, loneliness, reflection on past failures and anxiety about an uncertain future. Family gatherings with a loved one in recovery from an eating disorder can be challenging and sometimes awkward. "In my practice, I have even seen evidence that innocent exposure to...

2009-11-23 04:06:00

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- This time of year brings lots of cheer but also its fair share of stress and anxiety. Often these feelings, both positive and negative, translate into urges to overeat as a way of coping; and let's face it, there are lots of opportunities to do so all season long. We may think we are only going to have one piece of mom's apple pie, but how many of us stop there? "That pie often opens the floodgates to cravings, and many of us have spent...

2009-08-03 09:15:00

NEW YORK , Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Caryl Ehrlich, founder of The Caryl Ehrlich Program and author of Conquer Your Food Addiction (Free Press) will appear on Healthy Place TV (http://www.healthyplace.com/mental-health-tv-show/ ), an online video segment series, on Tuesday, August 4th at 8:30p.m. (EDT) addressing her specialty food addiction as well as sharing her own battle with food addiction and weight loss. Caryl Ehrlich, a former overeater, developed The Program after her struggle with...

2009-07-27 09:53:55

 Research to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB), the foremost society for research into all aspects of eating and drinking behavior, finds that women who possess genetic modifications associated with low activity of the reward neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain when they imagine eating appetizing foods are more prone to weight gain.  Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scans of brain activity revealed that women...

2009-07-23 00:01:44

The economy is stressing many, but some eating patterns people develop to cope with the mental strain only worsen it, a U.S. eating expert says. Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross, author of The Binge Eating & Compulsive Overeating Workbook: An Integrated Approach to Overcoming Disordered Eating, says it's a mistake to start a new diet when going through a stressful time -- because any diet is stressful in itself. Eating patterns people develop to cope that worsen stress include: -- Eating more...

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2009-04-21 07:50:00

In his new book set to hit the shelves next week, the man who first made headlines when he helped President Clinton take on the cigarette industry is tackling a new kind of addiction. Dr. David Kessler, former chief of the Food and Drug Administration, explains that he can't walk through a part of downtown San Francisco without being overwhelmed by the irresistible craving to stop at a local shop for a chocolate-covered pretzel. Why? According to him, food hijacks his brain. In his book, "The...


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