Food Addiction
Scientific India|July - August 2019
Food Addiction

Food addiction is a significant issue and a crucial reason why some people can't avoid themselves around certain foods-no matter how much effort they put.

Ishika Jain

Food addiction is a craving to junk food, parallel to drug addiction. It is comparatively a recent and debatable-term. It works same as drug addiction. Food addiction includes same areas of brain as drug addiction. The same neurotransmitters are involved, and many of the indications are identical. Processed food products (junk food) have blazing impact on the reward centers of your cerebrum. These impacts are produced by brain neurotransmitters like dopamine. The most questionable foods comprise of typical junk foods like candy, sugary soda and high fat fried foods. Food addiction is not induced by lack of determination but results from a dopamine signal that alters the biochemistry of brain.

8 Symptoms Of Food Addiction

There is no blood test to determine food addiction. It's based on observable behavioral indications. Here are 8 common indications of food addicts:

1. You often get longing for certain foods, even though feeling full and having just finished a balanced meal.

2. When you have give up and start eating a food you wanted to eat, you often find yourself eating much more than expected.

3. When you eat a food you craved, you consistently eat to the point of feeling extremely stuffed.

4. You usually feel blameworthy after eating peculiar foods –yet find yourself eating them again soon after.


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July - August 2019