KUSA - Have you ever thought you might be addicted to a certain food? You're probably more correct than you'd think. Researchers have found that food addictions can be just as intense as drug addictions. In fact they might even be giving you that same type of buzz drug addicts get. A recent survey done by the site Slimming World asked over 5,000 members about their eating habits. They found that 3 out of 4 of them felt their food weakness was the same as an addict's desire for drugs, alcohol or even cigarettes. And over half of them felt they actually got a drug like buzz from some of their favorite foods.
It seems like this food addiction is in fact very similar to a drug addiction, especially in the way our bodies handle it. Years ago researchers discovered in mice signs of withdrawal and craving in mice given sugary and fatty foods. They also found that the mice had chemical changes in the brain similar to what we see in drug addictions.
Although true food addictions are controversial researchers are finding more evidence favoring this connection. But they are also saying that food addiction cannot be blamed for our ongoing obesity epidemic.
They also say that understanding this possible connection between food addictions and drug addictions can help them and us figure out ways to fight back. Besides recognizing the addiction potential of foods, in particular junk foods, the obvious best step is to eating better. And use moderation as your goal, especially for those foods you seem most hooked on. That's sometimes easier said than done. If food continues to be a problem in your life seeking professional help, much like drug addicts sometimes need to, can help break the grip those foods have on your life.
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