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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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Understanding Self-Control by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Everyone knows what “self-control” means, right? Well, there appears to be some confusion even among (or especially among) the experts, so let’s clarify what we mean wh ... Read on »
Tracking Progress without a Scale by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I have been talking a lot about self-determination theory and the importance of having autonomous control. If you don’t have independent control over your weight loss, ... Read on »
Your Weight and Fortune by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I used to have the annoying habit of answering a question with a question. Once, a friend wanted to share one of those light bulb-changing manpower jokes that involved ... Read on »
The Dreaded Weight Loss Plateau Explained by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Just about anyone who has tried to lose weight for at least a month or two has sooner or later experienced a very frustrating phenomenon: the weight loss plateau. It is ... Read on »
What Really Makes You Feel Satisfied by a Meal? by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders We’ve talked about the experience of eating in a casual dining restaurant and the negative effects of focusing on value to define a good meal. Now try to recall a reall ... Read on »
What’s Your Food Size? by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Imagine that you need a new pair of shoes. You go to the shoe store, look around at the styles on display, and you find one that fits you perfectly. It’s comfortable, l ... Read on »
Using the Five W’s to Assess Your Eating Routine by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Whether you record what you eat every day or not, it’s useful to do an eating self-assessment before deciding what needs to change in your current eating routine. The f ... Read on »
The Pros and Cons of Keeping a Food Diary by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I’m very ambivalent about the issue of keeping a food diary. I know that when people do it, the impact it has on their eating can be very impressive. So what’s the down ... Read on »
If Some is Good, Does That Mean More is Better? by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders There is a concept in economics called diminishing marginal utility. This means that as a person increases consumption of a product there is a decline in the satisfaction ... 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 »
How to Resign from the Clean Plate Club by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders A car’s engine keeps it going until it runs out of gas. Even after the fuel is gone, though, the car doesn’t just stop; it will continue to coast until you apply the br ... 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 »
Step 4: Reduce the Impact of the Stressor by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders This step is the take-away, bottom line, upshot, payoff, etc. for everything we’ve discussed up to this point. So pay close attention. Once you have identified the reas ... Read on »
Step 3: Identify the Stressor by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders If you’re like every other human, and chances are that’s the case, stress can enter your life in all forms, from every possible source, and in every possible way. There ... Read on »
Step 2: Challenge Diet Myths and Beliefs by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders “Everything I like is either illegal, immoral, or fattening.” Alexander Woollcott, critic and member of the Algonquin Round Table As you can see from the story ... Read on »
Step 1: Understand the Connection between Stress and Eating by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders You already know that emotional eating, as the term implies, is caused by emotional stress. What you may not know is that it’s not just any emotional stress that can t ... Read on »
The Four Steps to Overcoming Emotional Eating by Howard F. Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Up to this point, I’ve tried to lay the groundwork for presenting a new way of understanding emotional eating and how to overcome it. In previous posts I discussed the ... 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 »
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 »
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 »