Richard Shriner says that science is explaining something his patients have know a while:
"It is a duty that we owe our patients. It is science catching up with reality....Our job is to get going and assist our patients in overcoming food addiction."
Ashley Gerhardt says this idea of "food addiction" came out of noticing that patients with eating disorders resembled people who have other addictions.
Food cues, like the smell of a bakery, triggers a release of dopamine that starts the addict's food craving.
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Dr. Shriner says "eat like the French" to control how much you eat:
Eat a little bit and walk away. Eat a little bit and walk away. The food will have time to get to your small intestine and the "ileal break' will work and turn off your appetite. (See an earlier post for more about the ileal break.)
Dr. Shriner says that social media have revolutionized how to deal with food addiction. Support from other people 24-7 helps people control their appetites.