Conditioned Hypereating

September 4, 2009

We’ve been doing some internet research to help Bunny get rolling. So far there’s no evidence that any part of her anatomy has shrunk one bit, but she’s pointed in the right direction, her rational mind is in control, so we’re expecting some sign that the train has started moving very soon. It has only been 3 or 4 days, but if we don’t see at least a glimmer of progress this weekend, we’re going to grab her and take her to the gym by force. 

In the meantime…

There’s an article on WebMD entitled, Compulsive Overeating and How to Stop It. Authored by Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler, it theorizes that “hyperpalatable foods–those loaded with fat, sugar and salt–stimulate the senses and provide a reward that leads many people to eat more to repeat the experience.” “[C]onditioned hypereating” apparently stimulates endorphins and the brain’s release of dopamine (a nasty little chemical or enzyme or something-or-other that motivates us to pursue more of a particular food).

Wow. We’re not too sure what that means, but we’re quite interested in delving deeper, because it sounds a lot like what’s going on with our girl. Amazon is sending us Dr. Kessler’s book, The End of Overeating. We’ll report back.

Next Up: Bunny navigates the treacherous dietary waters of her first holiday weekend. Will she sink or swim? Stay tuned!

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