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Whilst hunger is the instinct of survival that drives us to feed when the body requires food, appetite is the feeling that we need to eat that is influenced by psychological aspects of the individual concerned (desire to eat for pleasure, happiness, boredom, sadness, anxiety etc)


Hunger is the need to eat.

If you‘re hungryyou need food because your body is telling you so. It’s sending yousignals, like those rumbling stomach growls known as hunger pangs. Hunger cannot be controlled; it is instinctive. And for some individuals, ignoring hunger can cause serious consequences.


Appetite is the desire to eat food, sometimes due to hunger. Appealing foods can stimulate appetite even when hunger is absent, although appetite can be greatly reduced by satiety. Appetite exists in all higher life-forms, and serves to regulate adequate energy intake to maintain metabolic needs.


Signs of decreased appetite include not wanting to eat, unintentional weight loss, and not feeling hungry. The idea of eating food may make you feel nauseous, as if youmight vomit after eating. Long-term loss of appetite is also known as anorexia, which can have a medical or psychological cause.


Hunger is the need to eat.

If you’re hungry, you need food because your body is telling you so. It’s sending you signals, like those rumbling stomach growls known as hunger pangs. Hunger cannot be controlled; it is instinctive. And for some individuals, ignoring hunger can cause serious consequences. Waiting too long to eat once hunger kicks in may mean the risk of low blood sugar and the wooziness and fatigue that come with it.

  • This is a function hard wired into your body for survival.
  • It is the red light on the dashboard that your body needs something


Appetite is the desire to eat. Appetite occurs as a coordinated effort between your brain and your belly. When you feast your eyes on a delicious, delectable food, your mouth may water, and you can practically taste it and feel the textures on your palate. Even the mere thought of food can elicit the same emotional response. But unlike hunger, appetite can be ignored.


Appetite itself is a good thing.

Having a healthy appetite means that you will likely get the nutrients you need.

  • It is your body signalling that your metabolism has greater needs for fuel, that it is functioning well
  • It can also be a metaphore for lust for life – feeling alive, have a great appetite for life.
  • Sexual appetite

In our challenges and programmes so many of the women are shocked and also are complaining at having to EAT so much food that most of what we do is helping women to reprogram what eating- not dieting, starving or depriving themselves- looks like.


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