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Society for Neuroscience – Food for Thought: Obesity and Addiction

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“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.”

Affected areas of the addicted brain

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.

Society for Neuroscience – Food for Thought: Obesity and Addiction.

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One thought on “Society for Neuroscience – Food for Thought: Obesity and Addiction

  1. Pingback: Can Food Be Addictive? | NYTimes.com « My Year To Thrive

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