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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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A Case of Emotional Eating: Is This You? by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Lori is a very energetic and hard-working administrative assistant in a busy accounting firm. When she first applied for the job, she felt under-qualified. But in spite ... Read on »
A Dynamic Equilibrium Model of Autonomous Control by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders If you feel that you have a good understanding of how I explained autonomous control, then this part may or may not be useful to you. If that’s the case, feel fr ... 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 »
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 »
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 »
Common Sense and the Diet Mentality by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders You may know with some precision how many calories you consume in a given meal and how many you burn in a half-hour of exercise. You probably know how many Weight Watch ... 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 »
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 »
Depleted Resource or Restored Balance? by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders On May 25th (Friday of Memorial Day weekend) I’m scheduled to give a presentation about the behavioral self-regulation model I’ve been discussing in this blog as an alt ... 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 »
Doing it for Yourself (or How Not to Doom Your Diet) by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Have you ever found that it’s easier to diet when you’re doing it for yourself rather than to please someone else? If you have, research backs that up ; people who make ... 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 »
Emotional eating: what is it and why does it happen? by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders What do we mean when we refer to emotional eating, and how does it differ, if at all, from compulsive overeating, binge eating disorder, and bulimia? It may surpris ... Read on »
Expanding Portions, Expanding Waistlines by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders You may have noticed that restaurant portion sizes are inversely proportional to the prices on the menu. High-end restaurants with famous chefs tend to serve small port ... Read on »
Feeling Trapped in Hamlet’s Prison by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders In the second act of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark welcomes his friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to  his country, although Hamlet feels sorry for them ... 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 »
Gaining Control by Changing Your Perspective: Some Case Examples by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I’ve talked about changing your perception of things when you don’t have the ability to control them directly. This can help strengthen your feeling of control, autonom ... 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 »
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 »