Can You Be Addicted to Foods?

Are alcoholism and overeating in some ways similar? It is possible modern processed foods are actually addictive. A study recently found that in 2001 and 2002, adults with a family history of alcoholism were 30 to 40 percent more likely to be obese.

Interestingly, this was not the case 20 years ago. The obesigenic, or obesity-inducing, food environment changed between two surveys. And now there is likely even more addictive processed food in the average diet.

The New York Times reports:

"Certain foods ... specially formulated to appeal to consumers ... might be cues that trigger overeating in people with the predisposition for addiction, appealing to the primitive reward centers of the brain, and reinforcing the addictive behavior."

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