Is Food Addictive, and Do Some Get You Hooked More Than Others?
Posted Dec 18 2008 7:35pm
In an attempt to get a handle on what's causing America's burgeoning obesity problem, a group of obesity, nutrition, and addiction experts held a conference to discuss whether some people can actually get addicted to food, reported journalist Nanci Hellmich of USA Today.
What's more, Dr. Gold says, some foods may hook people more than others.
"It may be that doughnuts with high fat and high sugar cause more brain reward than soup," he said.
I'm sure that it comes as no surprise to many readers of this SUGAR SHOCK! Blog and Connie, this blog's creator, that people can become dependent on sugar. In fact, Connie delves into a fascinating discussion of this subject in Chapter 9 of her book SUGAR SHOCK!
Connie cites some sutdies by Dr. Volkow, including one in The Lancet, which showed obese people have fewer dopamine receptors in their brains than people of normal weight. Dopamine is a chemical responsible for the brain's ability to feel pleasure, and people whose dopamine response is deficient may feel compelled to overindulge in sugar and fat to compensate, Dr. Volkow believes.
Given how serious the obesity problem is, I think it's great that doctors and researchers are exploring every possible avenue for understanding what causes it. Thanks to the blog Rudd Sound Bites for the heads-up about this important conference.