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Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy

Chicago, Illinois
I am a clinical psychologist in Chicago specializing in the treatment of emotional eating and binge eating disorder. I am the founder and president of Chicago Behavioral Health, LLC, and I'm on the faculty of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
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The Dieter’s Gamble and the Prisoner’s Dilemma by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders In an earlier post I talked about how our innate sense of fair play can make the experience of dieting feel unjust. But what does justice or fairness, which involves preve ... Read on »
Cause and Effect in the Here and Now by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders This has been a terrible winter by any measure, but one of the most frightening and dangerous effects has been on highway travel. Snowstorms have caused several multi-vehi ... Read on »
Dieting and the Scarcity Heuristic by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders There is a concept in psychology and behavioral economics known as the scarcity heuristic. It simply means that when there is something that we want but are afraid we can’ ... Read on »
Dieting and the Scarcity Heuristic by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders There is a concept in psychology and behavioral economics known as the scarcity heuristic. It simply means that when there is something that we want but are afraid we can’ ... Read on »
Patience, Fairness, and Self-Control by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Recently, I was waiting in a long security line at the airport when a woman came from somewhere in the back and asked those of us near the front if we would allow her to g ... Read on »
Too Much Information by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders When we rely on the collective wisdom of diet “experts” we question the kind of sensible decision-making process that has guided human food consumption forever. It has bee ... Read on »
The Paradox of Freedom and the Allure of the Diet Plan by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Are children free? On the one hand they have to do what they’re told. They can’t just skip school if they don’t want to go. They have to eat what they’re given, go to slee ... Read on »
Visualizing Your Future Weight by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I recently went to a lecture by a scientist at Northwestern named Malcolm MacIver about how our ability to look ahead – literally to see more than what’s right in front of ... Read on »
Four Coping Styles in Emotional Eating by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders There are many reasons that people use food as a way of coping with stress. In my work with emotional eaters, however, I have found that there are four common types of cop ... Read on »
Great Expectations by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I heard the following story from a patient of mine (one of the perks of being a therapist) while we were talking about the influence of mental outlook. Two psychologists w ... Read on »
Change Your Filters by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders A while back, I wrote a post called “Feeling Trapped in Hamlet’s Prison.” The point of it was to show that how we perceive something can have a profound effect on how we f ... Read on »
Is Emotional Eating a Food Addiction? by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders People often talk about emotional eating as a “food addiction.” The same goes for being “addicted” to shopping, gambling, and other behaviors – even positive ones like exe ... Read on »
Curb the New Year’s Enthusiasm Spasm by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I don’t usually use this blog to talk about what’s in the news or re-post items from other blogs, but this article is too important to pass up, especially during the first ... Read on »
White Bears, Dieting, and the Rebound Effect by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders The real question about how to avoid overeating is not how to strengthen your ability to restrain it, but how to avoid ricocheting from dieting to bingeing and back aga ... Read on »
Emotional Eating and the Lipstick Effect by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders What do movies, lipstick, and Tootsie Rolls have in common? They all thrive in difficult economic times. And that connection can teach us a lot about overeating. In ... Read on »
How to Improve Self-Control by Pole-Sitting by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Have you ever heard of the Stylites? No, it’s not the name of an easy-listening R&B group from the Seventies, although good guess. Actually, stylites were religious asc ... Read on »
Abstinence Makes the Waist Grow Larger by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I want to elaborate on a point I made in a previous post about trying to achieve perfect restraint when dieting. In that post, I was trying to illustrate how the word “ ... Read on »
Q&A: Behaviors, Causes, and Effects by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders This is a list of questions I typed out while I was taking a break today. Then I wrote statements based on the Balance Model idea I’ve been posting about, and also some ... Read on »
Me, My Modules, and I by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Self-control is a compound term that contains two concepts, each of which seems deceptively clear. In a previous post I talked about the meaning of Control to clarify o ... Read on »
Controlling the Emotional Thermostat by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders In the previous post, I talked about striving for total abstinence – diet perfection – and the consequences of that by rebelling against those self-imposed limits. But ... Read on »