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Is Food Addiction Real?

admin - August 28, 2012

Are you addicted to food? Many of us can relate to research findings that prove food addiction is a real and difficult habit to break. In fact, it has a lot in common with the addiction felt by substance abusers.

In this video, Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV discusses the study that produced fascinating results in regards to the long-debated food addiction topic. Can people’s brains really affect their eating habits? Learn about the study and what you can do if you think you have a food addiction.

Explore other ways you can keep your body strong and healthy by viewing more videos on Life Line Screening’s YouTube channel. For those without video capability, the text is provided below.

Food Addiction

Here is the audio text to the video:

“Think you’re addicted to food? You may be right.

Researchers from Yale University wanted to know if some people’s brains react differently to food the way substance abusers’ brains react to drugs.

First, they asked 48 young women to answer a questionnaire to determine if they had symptoms of addictive-like eating behavior. Then, they hooked the women up to a machine that measured their brain activity while they tasted either a chocolate milkshake or a liquid with no flavor.

Women who scored higher on the food-addiction quiz, had more activity in certain regions of their brain when they were expecting food. These regions play a role in urging us to eat and are the same parts that motivate people with substance abuse to use drugs.

People with higher food addiction scores also had less activity in certain areas that help put on the breaks after a tasty treat.

According to the researchers, food advertising could make it hard for some people to stick to a healthy eating plan because of the way their brains respond to the ads.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news that doctors are reading, health news that matters to you.”


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