“Could candy be addictive, like cocaine or nicotine? Until recently, many believed overeating and obesity were caused by a lack of ‘willpower’. But new research suggests that certain diets — those high in fat and sugar — can lead to changes in the brain that are similar to those seen with drug addiction. These findings are changing our understanding of what may drive overeating.”
I found this article very interesting. Not only does it show the addictive changes brains & bodies can undergo on a steady diet of high fat, high sugar foods, but it also sheds some light on why chronic dieters tend to gain more weight after each try. Scariest of all, IMHO, is at the end where they mention these changes were actually passed on to the affected subjects’ offspring. Wow.