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Food Addiction is Like Drug Addiction – New Studies

We all know how excessive drug use and alcohol can result in addiction. We’ve heard of people’s stories about their battle with these, the anonymous groups they joined to help them overcome it and the never ending struggle to stay away from it all. You may have also heard the term food addiction loosely used […]

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Telling People To Quit Fast Food is a Waste of Time

Despite repeated messages about fatty foods and the risks associated with obesity, Australians continue to eat fast foods. In a 2007 survey of over 500 South Australians’ takeaway food habits, it was found that Australians eat fast food, on average, 3.4 times per month. The most common reason given for buying fast-food was convenience, with […]

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More Proof for Food Addiction in Humans

Until recently, it was uncertain whether food addiction really existed. However, in the past few years, more and more studies have shown that food addiction is real. Research presented at a recent meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour (July, 2011), has shown that people can become dependent on highly palatable foods […]

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Junk Food is Addictive – New Study Confirms

A recent animal study (Nature Neuroscience, March 2010) has confirmed that junk food ‘bingeing’ is extremely difficult to stop.  In the study, rats were fed easy-to-obtain high sugar and high fat foods.  The animals always chose the unhealthiest foods and they took in twice the number of calories as the control rats.  When the junk […]

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Compulsive Eaters May Have Food Addiction

A recent study published in the August 2010 issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, has shown that people who are compulsive eaters show similar activity in the same brain regions as people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. This study confirmed that addiction to food is tied into the reward centres of our brain […]

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