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Is being hungry a lot purely a psychological thing?

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Dr. Ahmad Aslami answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Yes: Obese people have underlying psychological disorder.

Answered 7/20/2012

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Dr. Ahmad Aslami answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Yes: Hunger is a biochemical phenomenon and natural, how much you eat to satisfy hunger becomes psychological issue.

Answered 8/27/2012

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Dr. Leonard Popowich answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

No: Patients may indeed be physically or psychologially hungry.

Answered 9/9/2012

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Dr. C Jeffrey Holmes answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Certain diseases can: Certain diseases increase hunger or stimulate eating to relieve symptoms.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. Elizabeth Edmunds answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

No: Excessive hunger can be a sign of diabetes or other endocrine problems. It is important to know whether it is associated with weight changes, skin changes, or frequent urination during the day or night.

Answered 2/8/2017

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Dr. Albert Pizzo answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Usually not : Hunger is a complex sensation and often has many reasons for hunger that is out of the ordinary. There are several diseases that can increase hunger and also several medications along with psycological causes.

Answered 7/20/2012

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Dr. Paul Leavitt answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Possibly: Being hungry a lot can be either a psychological or physical thing. Everybody is different. Feelings and emotions can come into play. Some people are stress eaters or eat when they are bored. Some medicines increase hunger. Most importantly, remember to eat small, healthy meals every 2-4 hours. Be sure to see your family doctor who can order complete blood work to make sure you are healthy.

Answered 11/7/2015

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Dr. Adeyemi Fatoki answered

Specializes in Bariatrics

No: Certain medical conditions like uncontrolled diabetes and hyperthyroidism may make a person more hungry than normal. It is a good idea to have tests done to check for these and other medical conditions before assuming that a person's hunger is only "psychological".

Answered 10/4/2016

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Dr. Evan Allen answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Possibly: Many people do eat more when under stress, and may choose less healthy food items during these periods of time. High carbohydrate foods tend to release serotonin in the brain which acts as a short-term antidepressant. However, excessive hunger can also be a symptom of thyroid problems, diabetes and other potentially serious illnesses and should be investigated by a doctor.

Answered 6/11/2014

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Dr. Jerry Smith answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Rule out: One would always want to rule out physiological causes before assuming something is "purely a psychological thing."

Answered 4/1/2016

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