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    Compulsive eating is more of a problem now because people eat on the run notes Stephen Gullo, PhD


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    Tuesday, July 17, 2012 12:10 pm Email this article
    Larry Hobbs: Do you think compulsive eating is more of a problem now than it used to be?

    Stephen Gullo, PhD: Yes. Society is going a transformation from one that dines to one that eats on the run.

    Because people feel short of time they skip or delay meals.

    This leads to picking and noshing. I don't use the term compulsive eating as a mental health judgement.

    That is, I don't think that it is based in some kind of psychopathology.

    I think that it is triggered by phenomena such as insulin resistance, food texture such as crunch, etc.

    People don't compulsively eat shrimp or chicken.

    But they do compulsively eat sweets, flour products and finger foods.

    This is a re-post of an interview I did many years ago (in 1996) with Stephen Gullo, PhD, author of the best-selling book Thin Tastes Better.

    He had lots of wonderful advice that I believe everyone can learn from, both doctors and patients.

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    About Dr. Gullo

    About Stephen Gullo, PhD

    Stephen Gullo, PhD, a health psychologist practicing in New York, is the author of the national best-seller THIN TASTES BETTER: Control Your Food Triggers And Lose Weight Without Feeling Deprived. Dr. Gullo has treated over 11,000 patients during his 28 year career (as of 1996 when this interview was done.)

    Twenty of those years he was on the faculty and staff at Columbia University.

    Perhaps most impressive of all are the results of a survey conducted by The New York Times.

    After interviewing fifty of his former patients The New York Times reported that five years after treatment 45% had maintained weight losses of 20 to 100 lbs.

    Not bad, considering most weight loss programs have success rates of only 3-5% after five years.

    He can be reached as follows:

    (Note: I do not know if Dr. Gullo is still in practice. This contact info was as of 1996 when I did the interview.)

    Stephen P. Gullo, PhD
    16 E 65th St, Suite 2A
    New York, NY 10021
    (212) 734-7200
    (212) 717-6548 fax

    Larry Hobbs: Dr Gullo, tell me a little about your background and how you became interested in obesity.

    Stephen Gullo, PhD: I was a co-director of the Family Bereavement Study at the Institute for Cancer Research at Columbia Presbyterian.

    In studying women who had lost their husbands one of the things that I looked at was eating behavior.

    So I really just stumbled into this field.

    This was not a path that my destiny had ever called me to since my great-grandfather was one of the pioneers in the process that made possible the mass production of pasta.

    For centuries my family has been involved in the production of Italian food.

    So I never thought that I would be helping people with their eating behaviors.

    Starting in 1974 I started using motivational and advertising psychology to change eating behavior.

    Hobbs: What do you mean by advertising psychology?

    Gullo: Some of the greatest motivators in the world are found in the advertising agencies on Madison Avenue.

    They motivate people to spend $70,000 for a Mercedes and those people don’t feel deprived of their money.

    They feel privileged.

    So I tried to figure out how I could apply the same psychology to help people part with their savored foods without feeling deprived.

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