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Addicted to eating but not to food

News: Sep 09, 2014

NeuroFAST scientists has found no strong evidence for people being addicted to the chemical substances in certain Foods. The brain does not respond to nutrients in the same way as addictive drugs such as heroin or cocaine. Instead, people develop a psychological compulsion to eat, driven by the positive feelings that the brain associates with eating. This is a behavioural disorder and could be categorised alongside addictions conditions such as gambling disorder. Thus, focus on tackling the problem of obesity should be moved from food itself towards the individual's relationship with eating.

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