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End of Overeating 8 – Food Rehab

The End of Overeating offers an intriguing set of foundational principles for what Dr. Kessler calls Food Rehab. To provide a sense of those principles, here’s a summarized list. Conditioned hypereating is a biological challenge, not a character flaw Conditioned hypereating is a chronic problem that must be managed, not cured Effective treatment breaks the […]

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End of Overeating 7 – Set Rules

As approaches for treatment of hyperconditioned overeating are outlined, the End of Overeating next focuses on the essential nature of clear and easily remembered rules we can actually follow. Hyperconditioned overeating is intrinsically impulsive, so we must break the grip of that impulsive behavior. Concrete “if-then” rules are an important part of that battle. I […]

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End of Overeating 6 – Start With Awareness

Dr. Kessler, in his book the End of Overeating, devotes the latter section of his book to the theory of treatment. And before we can even begin to protect ourselves from all the stimuli, we have to recognize just how vulnerable we are. And to do that, we must be mistrustful of our brain. We […]

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End of Overeating 5 – The Culture of Overeating

Before I move on to the next section of the End of Overeating, I wanted to explore one underlying contributing factor to conditioned hypereating that I had not thought much about, namely our culture of eating in general. Dr. Kessler devotes a chapter to the topic. He opens with an intriguing observation. The question “Is […]

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End of Overeating 4 – Conditioned Hypereating

Next the End of Overeating explores why the syndrome Dr. Kessler calls conditioned hypereating is an emerging threat in our modern world. For centuries, homeostasis kept our consumption of food as a population more or less in balance. That balance has now been overturned. In large part that’s because our brains are actually being rewired. […]

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End of Overeating 3 – The Food Industry

The next section of the End of Overeating includes a lot of stories of different restaurants, foods, and techniques for generating repeat business. I think an excerpt quoted from the first such illustration will give you a sense for the way this section of the book is constructed. It’s very interesting, I think, and will […]

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End of Overeating 2 – Sugar, Fat, Salt

So, the End of Overeating next addresses the big question — why is homeostasis under assault? And there are multiple levels to that answer. First, it’s critical to understand the scientific concept of palatability. In our common usage, it just means that food tastes good or is pleasant. In scientific usage, it refers to the […]

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End of Overeating 1 – We’re All Fatter Now

The End of Overeating begins with something that we are only now truly recognizing. For thousands of years, typical human body weight was pretty consistent. In fact, it was so stable and consistent that scientists believed we had biological systems operating in most of us to keep our weight within certain norms — automatically balancing […]

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