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
  • Gilbert's Syndrome
  • Magnesium Need

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:
being easily irritated
high tea consumption
caffeinated soft drink consumption
slight eyelid twitch
coffee consumption
having had a small bowel resection
negative reaction to coffee
difficulty falling asleep
moderate caffeine supplementation
being very easily irritated
fatigue after slight exertion
heart racing/palpitations
... 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
Caffeine Intoxication 99% Confirm
Gilbert's Syndrome 18% Unlikely
Magnesium Need 3% 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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