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Is Willpower Really Like a Muscle?

From the original forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden to the simplistic advice to “just say no” to drugs, it has been accepted wisdom that self-control is best exercised by an exertion of willpower. However, despite the time-honored history and intuitive appeal of this concept ...
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Emotional eating: what is it and why does it happen?

What do we mean when we refer to emotional eating, and how does it differ, if at all, from compulsive overeating, binge eating disorder, and bulimia?It may surprise you but there is still, as of this writing, no official diagnosis for binge eating disorder, much less ...
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Overeating with the Head, Hands, and Heart

Now that we have discussed the positive or healthy reasons to eat, let’s look at what I think are the main motives for unhealthy eating. Before talking about what they are it may be helpful to consider three ways to classify motivations behind overeating. Just as ...
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The Three ‘Good’ Reasons to Eat

Why do we eat?I doubt you’ve ever stood in front of the refrigerator at night thinking, “Let’s see…which micronutrients do I need right about now?” But of course, as with all living things, we need nutrition to keep our organs functioning and, well, stayin’ alive.  So ...
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Common Sense and the Diet Mentality

You may know with some precision how many calories you consume in a given meal and how many you burn in a half-hour of exercise. You probably know how many Weight Watchers points you’re allowed, and you’re aware that there are nine calories in a gram ...
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A Case of Emotional Eating: Is This You?

Lori is a very energetic and hard-working administrative assistant in a busy accounting firm. When she first applied for the job, she felt under-qualified. But in spite of her doubts, she was able to project a sense of confidence and won over the hiring executives. She ...
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Overcoming Emotional Eating

I am a clinical health psychologist with a psychotherapy practice in downtown Chicago. My primary expertise is helping people who struggle with emotional and binge eating behavior. During my clinical internship over 20 years ago, I received intensive training in the treatment of eating disorders. I ...
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