Craving Fatty Foods

What Causes Fatty Food Cravings?

Fatty food cravings can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'very minor' to 'worrying'.  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 fatty food 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 "fatty food cravings" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • EFA Need
  • Calcium 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:
adult acne
no dark leafy greens consumption
being postmenopausal
having had a small bowel resection
severe leg cramps caused by walking
high hydrogenated fat consumption
coffee consumption
brittle fingernails
daily osmotic laxative use
sun-induced headaches
much magnesium supplementation
shoulder tightness
... and more than 10 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of fatty food cravings:
Cause Probability Status
EFA Need 98% Confirm
Calcium Need 29% Unlikely
Seasonal Affective Disorder 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 fatty foods:
Do you crave greasy or fatty foods?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Yes, moderately
→ Yes, very much
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate fatty food craving, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Calcium Requirement

A calcium deficiency can cause various food cravings, including a craving for fats and oils.

EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Requirement

Our bodies instinctively seek out the nutrients our bodies are lacking.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Craving fatty foods and sweets is a common sign of SAD.

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