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Week 4;Assignment;To Eat or Not To Eat

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To Eat or Not To Eat  1 Nicole Ureste To Eat or Not To Eat October 31, 2010 PSY/240 Leslie Whitten
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To Eat or Not To Eat  2 My name is Nicole and I am a counselor for those of you suffering from eating disorders. Food is everywhere; we can smell, see, hear, and of course taste it. It can be very tempting for some to avoid, as well as difficult for some to even be near food. I am here today to discuss with you all the physiological factors that cause people to eat or not eat, depending on what problems each of us have. There are some physiological myths and factors about hunger and satiety that will help one’s eating disorders, and I will be discussing them during our time together. Physiological Factors and Myths I am sure that many of you believe that you are weaker when you skip a meal, which may or may not contribute to eating disorders. In fact, our bodies are only expecting food at certain times throughout the day. The body drops its blood glucose level during mealtime and the body is only trying to protect itself from the intake of calories the meal will provide. Additionally, it has been proven by Cannon and Washburn in 1912 that hunger pangs are only felt when the stomach makes a contraction. Therefore, hunger can be solved by small meals when satiety is reached. There is also hunger and satiety peptides that are released from the stomach which provide the brain with important information about the food intake one’s body should have. Lastly, there is a monoaminergic neurotransmitter called serotonin which is very powerful, reduces the amount of food that is consumed during meals rather than reducing the number of meals, and focuses away from fatty foods (Pinel, 2007).
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