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.

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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:
  • Caffeine Intoxication
  • Magnesium Need
  • Gilbert's Syndrome

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:
difficulty falling asleep
discontinued non-human estrogen use
being postmenopausal
severe hallucinations
dark facial coloring
severe eyelid twitch
having had a small bowel resection
fatigue after slight exertion
being very easily irritated
significant caffeine supplementation
sugar/sweet craving
diuretic use
... 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 90% Confirm
Gilbert's Syndrome 29% 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:
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