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
fatigue that worsens during the day
fatigue after slight exertion
being easily excitable
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:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
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?
→ Don't know
→ 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: