Curbing Food Cravings

The reason we have an insatiable hunger for certain foods is complex, but we can overcome it.


We need to eat. Our bodies cannot function without the calories, nutrients, and fluids foods provide. But there are many other reasons we eat. We may, for example, be stressed, tired, bored, or simply around tasty foods. Often, these non-physiological triggers involve cravings. “Hunger is the body’s way of telling us to eat in order to maintain our energy levels,” says Tammy Scott, PhD, a research and clinical neuropsychologist who serves as a research assistant professor at the Friedman School. “Food cravings can occur even when we’re not hungry.” Cravings can be tough to ignore, but there are steps you can take to address them.

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