In a special event hosted by the County Office of Education on March 24, 2011, Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, in the Division of Endocrinology Director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at UCSF, speaks about the role of sugar and the … [Read more...] about Sugar: The Bitter Truth- March 24, 2011 – Dr. Robert Lustig
Bill Bogart author "Off The Street: Legalizing Drugs", Prof Law U of Windsor reviews "Food Junkies" by Dr. Vera Tarman.
There are still no medications available that are very effective for either food addiction or obesity. Here is a typical list of medications for people who are being treated for eating disorders or … [Read more...] about No Silver Bullet: Medications for Food Addiction and Obesity
An addict will often claim that he or she has to reach a ‘bottom’ before they really quit their drug. The pain of the substance abuse is greater than the pleasure (even perceived pleasure) … [Read more...] about How Low is Your Bottom?
In an addiction hierarchy, where would food fit? Foods, such as fats, sugars and carbohydrates, are only very recently being recognized as addictive substances. Crack cocaine, heroin, and alcohol are all deadly addictions and widely recognized as such. The idea of food as addictive is a novel … [Read more...] about Where Does Food Fit on the Hierarchy of Addiction?
Twenty-four percent of the adult population in Ontario is obese and another 12% is overweight (See The Toronto Star, June 20, 2011). That’s a total of 3.15 million obese or overweight adults in Ontario and these numbers are on the rise.
Obesity puts people at extremely high risk for heart … [Read more...] about What are the costs of Obesity?
Mark Cheren, Mary Foushi, Ester Helga Gudmundsdotter, Colleen Hillock, Marty Lerner, Michael Prager, Mary Rice, Louisa Walsh, Philip … [Read more...] about The Science Behind Food Addiction
How is it possible to diet and then actually gain more weight than you started with? Why does the Yoyo phenomenon of weight loss / weight gain inevitably kick in and sabotage our good intentions? Dr. Gary Taubes’ book Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It explains the physiology of why … [Read more...] about Are We Dieting Ourselves Into Obesity?
Food addiction is one paradigm towards understanding a problematic relationship to food. It is not yet a medical diagnosis, although there are plenty of indicators that food and disordered eating can be an addiction, indeed, an addiction as overpowering as cocaine or alcohol.
Whether or … [Read more...] about What is Food Addiction?
Is Obesity Contagious? It seems that it is....
The chance of a person becoming obese increases by ....
57% if they have a friend who becomes obese
40% if they have a … [Read more...] about Is Obesity Contagious?
North Americans are the highest consumers of calories - especially in the last decade. The slide below shows how Americans have taken the lead in eating well over 3000 calories per day (dark red is >3000 calories)! This has increased dramatically over the last 30 years. The average normal … [Read more...] about Why Can’t Americans Stop Eating?