Next, we see that the lean person gets a significant pleasure response when they actually eat the burger, but the obese person's pleasure response is much smaller. So the obese person wants it more but likes it less. And then he/she eats three burgers to get the same amount of satisfaction. We learn that Dr. Linden has a book entitled The Compass of Pleasure, which has to be the grossest porn name for a scientific book in history. I can't even listen to him anymore. But you get the point: obese people need lots more food to get the same amount of pleasure that a lean person gets from eating just one burger. There's also a biological connection between stress and eating for pleasure response. Stress hormones zip to the pleasure centers of your brain, and make you crave comfort foods. This is why I eat 9,000 pot pies a year. Bonnie, in times of stress, would eat chocolate or a box of crackers with "squirt cheese." I think Dr. Linden should rename his book, Squirt Cheese: The Compass of Pleasure. Dr. Linden recommends exercise, meditation, and playing with your grandchildren to help reduce stress, and the corresponding three squirt-cheese-burger cravings.
Ramon then visits Dr. Huizenga, and learns the status of his diabetes. After eight weeks, it's gone! Ramon shares one less thing in common with Bret Michaels, which is always a good sign. Dr. H. warns him that if he gets stressed and starts eating squirt cheese like crazy, his diabetes is going to come back. Dr. Linden recommends that Ramon eat mindfully, at the table, with full concentration. When you're not actively attending to what you're eating, the pleasure center of your brain is much weaker. This is why I have eaten whole bags of chocolate chips while recapping this very show! Dr. Linden tells us that if you eat mindfully, you'll get the maximum pleasure out of your food. It's like 69-ing your burger, basically.