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The Science Behind Overeating

The Science Behind Overeating

Many of my clients and readers who are seeking treatment for Binge Eating Disorder, Obesity, or Bulimia ask the question “Why do I overeat?” There are numerous factors that drive us to overeat. But first let’s identify the five main types of overeating; compulsive overeating, impulsive overeating, impulsive-compulsive overeating, anxious overeating and emotional overeating.  The following are possible causes, and ways to decrease the tendency to overeat. Compulsive Overeating Compulsive Overeaters tend to obsess over food and are compelled to eat with very little self-control.  The condition characterized by low serotonin in the brain, which causes the portion of the brain known as the Anterior Cingulate Gyrus to overwork. The Anterior Cingulate Gyrus is the portion of the brain that is responsible ...
Neuroendocrine Changes - Anorexia, Normal Starvation

Neuroendocrine System Changes: Anorexia vs. Normal Starvation

Whether a person experiences normal starvation or starvation through anorexia, the neuroendocrine system tries to adapt. Below is a comparison of the changes to cholecystokin, leptin, serotonin, dopamine, neuropeptide YY, ghrelin, galanin, and norepinephrine in normal starvation, anorexia, and in post-recovery from anorexia. Like me on Facebook Twitter @drrenae Contact Dr Norton by phone 513-205-6543 or by form Inquire about booking Dr Norton for a speaking engagement Read About Dr Norton View video about Dr Norton Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions ...
The Three-Part Brain Model

Anorexia, Addiction and the Three-Part Brain Model

The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.” To understand addiction, it is important to understand the three-part ...

Amino Acid Therapy

Recently I listened to an interview with Dr. Kalish, a pioneer in the concept of amino acid therapy. During the interview he discussed the use of amino acid therapy for depression that doesn’t require hospitalization and in which the individual isn’t a risk to self or others. The information presented below is a summary of the interview. “The two most common underlying causes of weight gain, fatigue and depression include neurotransmitter dysfunction and HPA axis (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis)  dysfunction. Neurotransmitter dysfunction leads to cravings for carbs and compulsive overeating, forcing people into a downward spiral of weight gain and depression.” The two main neurotransmitters that affect our mood are serotonin and dopamine. Think of them as the master neurotransmitters. They control nearly all ...
News You Can Use

News You Can Use July 1 – 8

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of July 1-8 2012!” Anti-obesity vaccine shot offers false promise of staying slim even on a junk food diet Addicted to ...
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