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Hedonic Eating: How the Pleasure of Food Affects Our Brains and Behavior

Hedonic Eating: How the Pleasure of Food Affects Our Brains and Behavior

by Nicole Avena


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Overeating and obesity are on the rise. Despite public health warnings, availability of diet books and programs, and the stigma associated with obesity, many people find it difficult to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. While there are many books on the topic of caloric or need-based eating, obesity and overeating can also result from eating that is not driven by hunger. Recent research found that excess food intake is largely driven by the palatability of food and the pleasure derived from eating.

Hedonic Eating: How the Pleasure of Food Affects Our Brains and Behavior discusses the pleasurable aspects of food intake that may cause and perpetuate overconsumption. Broad in its scope, this book examines the various behavioral, biological, and social rewards of food. The comprehensive chapters cover topics ranging from the neurochemistry of food reward to the hotly debated concept of 'food addiction,' while providing relevant and up-to-date information from the current body of scientific literature regarding food reward.

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ISBN-13: 9780199330454
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 06/15/2015
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 742,402
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dr. Nicole Avena is a research psychologist and neuroscientists who is an expert in the fields of nutrition, diet and addiction. She received a Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Princeton University in 2006, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Rockefeller University. She has published over 60 scholarly journal articles on topics related to diet, nutrition and overeating. Her research achievements have been honored by awards from groups including the NY Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Why Do We Eat What We Eat?
Chapter 3. The Brain's Got a Taste for Good Food
Chapter 4. Craving Chocolate? A Review of Individual Differences, Triggers, and Assessment of Food Cravings
Chapter 5. Overeating and Binge Eating
Chapter 6. Brain-Based Drivers and Consequences of Hedonic Overeating
Chapter 7. Food 'Liking' and 'Wanting': a Neurobiological Perspective
Chapter 8. The Influence of Dieting (Hedonic Deprivation) on Food Intake, How It Can Promote Hedonic Overeating, and Mindful Eating Interventions
Chapter 9. The Modern Food Environment- Changes in Food Quantity and Quality and Their Impact on Hedonic Eating
Chapter 10. Food Addiction

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