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Dr. Peeke Radio Interviews on Food Addiction

Strong is the New Skinny with Iron Girl, Pamela Peeke, MD


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Dopamine: Your Weight-Loss Friend Or Enemy?


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Can You Become Addicted to Certain Foods?

Join Serene Mastrianni and Gabrielle Senza as they talk to lifestyle expert, Pamela Peeke



Do You Have a Food Addiction?
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Dr. Peeke on Food Addiction
When life gets hard, is your first impulse to eat? Does the mere mention of a food, or seeing it in a picture or on TV, trigger you to obsess about and crave it? Do you stockpile "emergency" snacks in your desk, closet, or nightstand?

Do you have to know where your next meal or food source is at all times—or you feel nervous, panicky, or "of"? In times of high emotion, do you sometimes find yourself eating even when you feel no physical hunger at all?



Pam Peeke chews the fat about food addictions
by Vicky Hallett

Local nutrionist Pam Peeke, founder of Peeke Performance Center for Healthy Living, says a majority of Americans show some signs of struggling with food addiction.

Peppermint bark pushers might sound significantly less nefarious than cocaine dealers, but they're offering folks the same surge of dopamine, Peeke explains in her new book, "The Hunger Fix." Peeke, an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Maryland and founder of the Peeke Performance Center for Healthy Living, says that being hooked on food can be every bit as devastating as a drug addiction, and the only way to kick the habit is by undergoing detox and recovery.

Remember how you felt the last time you became one with the fruitcake?

"Raise your hand if you're tired of doing that again," says Peeke, who notes that food addiction spans a spectrum, starting with people who have just that one weakness. "They see jelly beans and they lose it. That can lead to a binge."

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What Is America's Hunger Fix?

Many believe that Dr. Pamela Peeke's huge bestseller, The Hunger Fix, will revolutionize the way we view our eating issues. She tells The Fix why food addiction has a vice-like grip.

"This book can change your life, if you allow it," declares Biggest Loser contestant Tara Costa in the foreword to The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction, by Dr. Pamela Peeke. It isn't a rare claim to be made of a book. But Costa is far from the only person to be convinced that Peeke's work will revolutionize how our society views overeating and food addiction: after The Hunger Fix launched on Katie Couric's talk show in September, it took just five days to become a New York Times bestseller. "My team and I looked at each other and said, 'Well, we must have hit a nerve,'" Peeke tells me.

While many scientists continue to debate whether or not overeating is a true "addiction"—the current DSM says not—Peeke has no such doubts. She's gathered an abundance of new studies and evidence, shedding light on the serious food problems from which so many Americans suffer. Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, is a nationally renowned nutrition and fitness expert, a Pew Foundation Scholar in nutrition and metabolism, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She also founded the Peeke Performance Center for Healthy Living, working to help thousands of men and women recover from food addiction.

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Craving an Ice-Cream Fix

The notion that food can be addictive has been debated for some time and largely rejected by both nutrition and addiction researchers. But this spring, the secretary of health, Kathleen Sebelius, said that for some, obesity is "an addiction like smoking." One month earlier, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, gave a lecture at Rockefeller University, making the case that food and drug addictions have much in common, particularly in the way that both disrupt the parts of the brain involved in pleasure and self-control.

Princeton University and University of Florida researchers have found that sugar-binging rats show signs of opiatelike withdrawal when their sugar is taken away — including chattering teeth, tremoring forepaws and the shakes. When the rats were allowed to resume eating sugar two weeks later, they pressed the food lever so frantically that they consumed 23 percent more than before. Scientists in California and Italy last year reported that the digestive systems of rats on a fatty liquid diet began producing endocannabinoids, chemicals similar to those produced by marijuana use.

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Food and Addiction
The Dopamine Made Me Do It!
By Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP

Research is uncovering a link between our lifestyle, our genes, and a means to overcome the unhealthy connection between food and addiction. Two human behaviors explain why we're still here: engaging in sex and consuming food. Both are inextricably linked by dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with reward and pleasure. It's what motivates us to read all three volumes of Fifty Shades of Grey or to inhale a plate of mom's homemade oatmeal raisin cookies. To date, procreative activities have maintained their primal prerogative without too much deviation from nature's blueprint. Food production and consumption, on the other hand, have fallen prey to psychosocial, cultural and environmental factors that increase our collective girth and make us more vulnerable to disease.

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How the TM Technique Can Help Stop Food Addiction
An Interview with Dr. Pam Peeke by Linda Egenes
Enlightenment: What motivated you to write The Hunger Fix?

Dr. Peeke: For years I have listened to my patients referring to their eating problems using a drug vernacular. "I need another hit," they would say, "Withdrawal is killing me," or "I need to score some more." In the back of my mind and that of my colleagues, I wondered if there was an addiction going on here.

At that time we had some compelling science that suggested a food and addiction link. But I needed more. I waited somewhat impatiently until there was a critical mass of data from neuroscientists and then wrote the book to translate this groundbreaking information for people in a way that can help them.

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Food Fix - Can't get no satisfaction? One cupcake doesn't do it anymore? Increasing evidence suggests: YOU MAY BE AN ADDICT
Bethesda Magazine Jan-Feb 2013
By the time she was 13, Hillary Buckholtz was seriously obese—and there was no mystery as to why. Every chance she'd get, the Potomac girl would sneak food, especially sweets. Her cravings were unbearable, and once she started eating cookies, candy or another sweet treat, it was hard for her to stop.

A learning disability made school difficult, and looking back, Buckholtz suspects she used food to numb her frustration. "My problem wasn't food or that I was overweight: The problem was that I used food to deal with life," says Buckholtz, now 32 and a social media manager for a TV production company.

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Can Some Foods Hijack The Brain
Nutrition Action Health Letter May 2012
Picture three random American adults in a room. Odds are, one would be obese, one would be overweight, and one would be normal weight.

If the three were children, one would be overweight or obese. And their obesity rates are still rising.

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Kick the Habit
Guys, Do You Have A Food Addiction? Change Your Ways By Developing A Healthy Fix

WebMD June 2013
My patient, Mitch, wanted to shed 50 pounds. He was a super-achieving psychologist who worked too many hours. In fact, work was his whole life. He found it hard to say “no” to anything—except his own workouts and healthy eating.

Mitch turned to work to numb his underlying feelings of anxiety, depression, and selfdoubt. His mother, who criticized him for most of his life, triggered those emotions. He also used food, most notably sugar, to numb those feelings.

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Dr. Pam Peeke discusses food addiction and her new book "The Hunger Fix" and how it can help women win the battle against food addiction.




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