Craving Chocolate

What Causes Chocolate Cravings?

Chocolate cravings can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose chocolate cravings, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "chocolate cravings" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Magnesium Need
  • Gilbert's Syndrome
  • Caffeine Intoxication

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
history of birth control pill use
moderate caffeine supplementation
frequent racing thoughts
negative reaction to coffee
hyperactivity
fatigue that worsens during the day
being anxious/nervous
fatigue after slight exertion
being easily excitable
constant fatigue
current birth control pill use
being very easily irritated
... and more than 20 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of chocolate cravings:
Cause Probability Status
Magnesium Need 91% Confirm
Gilbert's Syndrome 12% Unlikely
Caffeine Intoxication 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Food Preferences section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about craving chocolate:
Do you crave chocolate?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Yes, moderately
→ Yes, very much
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no craving for chocolate, moderate chocolate craving or strong chocolate craving, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as: