Monday, 01 August 2011
We've all been there. You need chocolate, and you need it now. Or you're craving french fries, and nothing else will measure up.
This recent study has found that that behavior can grow in the same form as a drug addiction.
Toronto's York University questioned 72 obese men and women with a survey designed to identify those addicted to drugs and alcohol. When focusing on seven symptoms, such as repeatedly try to quit and stopping social or recreational activities, the study replaced the term "drugs" with "food."
18 of the 72 participants fit the criteria for addiction to substance-- the substance being food. The "food addicts" were more likely to binge eat, suffer from depression, and have ADD or ADHD.
The lead researcher noted that "alcohol is just fermented sugar. They work on our brain reward pathways in the same way."
Research is ongoing to discover whether this type of addiction is genetically predisposed, in the way that drug and alcohol addiction can be.
Moral of the study? What may be a craving to some can manifest itself in others as a full blown addiction. This type of research has the potential to eventually alter the way our society views dieting and obesity. Imagine a world in which over eating was akin to alcohol abuse... Woah.
What do you guys think of this study? Have you ever felt that you were "addicted" to food?