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Food Junkies Podcast

Jun 28, 2022

After earning a BS in biochemistry at the University of Virginia, Dr. Guyenet completed a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Washington, then went on to study the neuroscience of obesity and eating behavior as a postdoctoral fellow.  He has spent a total of 12 years in the neuroscience research world studying neurodegenerative disease and the neuroscience of body fatness.  His publications in scientific journals have been cited more than 3,600 times by my peers.

Today, Dr. Guyenet continues his mission to advance science and public health as a researcher, science consultant, and science communicator.  His book, The Hungry Brain, was released in February of 2017 and was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly and called “essential” by the New York Times Book Review.  Dr. Guyenet is a Senior Researcher at GiveWell and a scientific reviewer for the Research Digest. 

Dr. Guyenet is the founder and director of Red Pen Reviews, which publishes the most informative, consistent, and unbiased popular health and nutrition book reviews available.  He is the primary designer of an innovative course-based body weight management program called the Ideal Weight Program, which is part of the HumanOS platform.  Dr. Guyenet periodically contributes to the scientific literature and is a review editor at Frontiers in Nutrition.

Today Clarissa and I spoke with Dr. Guyenet about:

Dr. Guyenet’s thoughts on food addiction

Food Selection

Motivational States

Craving as a whole and Craving specific foods

Genetic role



Body "set point"

And more!

Find Dr. Guyenet:


Book: The Hungry Brain 


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