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Is being hungry a lot purely a psychological thing?

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Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Rule out

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

One would always want to rule out physiological causes before assuming something is "purely a psychological thing.
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Dr. Jerry Smith
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Dr. Paul Leavitt
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Paul Leavitt
Dr. Paul Leavitt
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Dr. Evan Allen
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Evan Allen
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Dr. C Jeffrey Holmes
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Certain diseases can

Certain diseases increase hunger or stimulate eating to relieve symptoms.

In brief: Certain diseases can

Certain diseases increase hunger or stimulate eating to relieve symptoms.
Dr. C Jeffrey Holmes
Dr. C Jeffrey Holmes
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Dr. Ahmad Aslami
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Obese people have underlying psychological disorder.

In brief: Yes

Obese people have underlying psychological disorder.
Dr. Ahmad Aslami
Dr. Ahmad Aslami
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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

There is psychological eating; but hunger is your body's signal that you are missing nutrients.
If you are taking a good, organic whole food supplement that provides all of the nutrients your body needs hunger disappears. My favorite supplement is Alpha sun from simplexity health. You may check my website for details. www.medac4u.com.

In brief: No

There is psychological eating; but hunger is your body's signal that you are missing nutrients.
If you are taking a good, organic whole food supplement that provides all of the nutrients your body needs hunger disappears. My favorite supplement is Alpha sun from simplexity health. You may check my website for details. www.medac4u.com.
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
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Dr. Adeyemi Fatoki
Bariatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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".

In brief: 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".
Dr. Adeyemi Fatoki
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Dr. Elizabeth Edmunds
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Elizabeth Edmunds
Dr. Elizabeth Edmunds
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Dr. Leonard Popowich
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Patients may indeed be physically or psychologially hungry.

In brief: No

Patients may indeed be physically or psychologially hungry.
Dr. Leonard Popowich
Dr. Leonard Popowich
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Dr. Ahmad Aslami
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

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

In brief: Yes

Hunger is a biochemical phenomenon and natural, how much you eat to satisfy hunger becomes psychological issue.
Dr. Ahmad Aslami
Dr. Ahmad Aslami
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