Why we can't help but overeat

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When doctors put Scottsdale mom Joanie Levine on bed rest for the last six months of her pregnancy, ordering takeout became a daily event.

Levine was convinced eating was the best thing for her unborn baby. And then after Jack was born, Levine gained weight. By the time Jack was walking, she could no longer keep up with him. That’s when she realized she had gained 170 pounds.

Like millions of Americans, Levine struggled with overeating.

David Kessler spent seven years researching why we overeat. He wrote “The End of Overeating,” which attacks not only the food industry but also examines what prompts us to overeat. He calls them cues.

"A cue arouses us, it focuses our attention, we have thoughts of wanting, we eat the food, we have that momentary bliss, several minutes after we say why did I do that?” Kessler said.

Kessler believes we have become addicted to hyper-palatable food.

“Take fat, sugar and salt, put it on every corner, make it available 24/7, make it socially acceptable to eat at any time, add the emotional gloss of advertising, we're living in a food carnival," Kessler said.

He recommends not only eating on a schedule but consuming more unprocessed food.

"This is going to require a shift in how we look at food," Kessler said. "Much of what we're eating today is so highly processed, we're just eating baby food, and it’s not real food."

For more information on Kessler's book, visit www.theendofovereatingbook.com.