This month I’m beyond thrilled to introduce you to the work of my colleague David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D. of the world-famous Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Ludwig, a man who is clearly ahead of his time, has recently published a comprehensive, sensitive, and meticulously researched book called Ending the Food Fight: Guide Your Child to a Healthy Weight in a Fast Food/Fake Food World.
We learn our first lessons about what to approach and what to avoid from our parents. As we get older, they also teach us more complicated lessons about how to act in public and in private. These instructions get laid down in both the orbitofrontal cortex, which says, “Yes, it’s okay to feel that and go after that,” and the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which says, “No, better not do that right now. Look before you leap. That’s not appropriate.” We need both parts of our brains to be fully functional.