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coach Hale
03-20-2013, 12:47 PM
Food Addiction: Fact or Fiction

Many nutritionists assert there is no such thing as food addiction. However, before making that claim it is imperative that one understands -What Constitutes Addiction? Below is an excerpt from an interview I conducted with Fabio Piccini:

An increasing evidence suggest that binge eating behaviors (the most common eating disorders associated with obesity), can be related to addiction-like eating patterns, due to the addictive potential of certain foods. This happens because hyperpalatable foods and drugs of abuse act on the same central networks in the brain. But food consumption is also regulated by complex peripheral signaling (i.e. hormonal) systems, which adds to the complexity of understanding how the body regulates eating. Thus food addiction remains a controversial topic.

The most credited hypothesis nowadays suggests that hyperpalatable foods (foods that are rich in sugar, salt and hydrogenated fats) become addictive following a restriction/binge pattern of consumption. Such pattern have been associated with increased risk of comorbid conditions such obesity, depression, anxiety and alcohol abuse as well as relapse and treatment challenges.

Given the current situation of abundance, palatability and promotion of these foods, together with the operation of a powerful and well functioning reward system in the brain, it is surprising that obesity is not even higher of its current level. If we want to address such a complex topic, different therapeutic approaches shall be implemented.

What do you think, is food potentially addictive?
Full article http://maxcondition.com/page.php?158

Thanks,
Coach Hale

cumminslifter
03-20-2013, 12:49 PM
i totally think it is addictive. i believe im addicted,(everyone should be in order to live)

Murdok1741
03-20-2013, 12:55 PM
Lol, is this even a debate? Of course food can be addicting.

What nutritionists are arguing that it isn't? Because if they are, they evidently know nothing about basic psychology.

Aries1977
03-20-2013, 01:05 PM
There are some good points here. I certainly think food is addictive and a lot of people struggle with addiction to food at some point. I for one know how easy it is to binge on a food of choice and break my discipline of my daily nutritional requirements and limits.

fitdragon
03-20-2013, 01:17 PM
Fatty foods may cause cocaine-like addiction: http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/03/28/fatty.foods.brain/index.html

Mdenatale
03-20-2013, 01:23 PM
My first thought was "I'm definitely addicted to food, I can't live without it"


But on the serious side, I think people can truly be addicted to food beyond the normal need to sustain life. The whole snack food industry relies on it. They are constantly working to find the right combination of salt, fat and sugar that people can't say no to.

fitdragon
03-20-2013, 01:28 PM
My first thought was "I'm definitely addicted to food, I can't live without it"


But on the serious side, I think people can truly be addicted to food beyond the normal need to sustain life. The whole snack food industry relies on it. They are constantly working to find the right combination of salt, fat and sugar that people can't say no to.

I agree 100%...

Clint18Robin
03-20-2013, 02:26 PM
Food has gone beyond "the fuel for sustaining life", like it use to. Its now a crutch for disabilities and excuses for being over weight. I wouldnt say its an addiction IMO, its more of a crippling way of being lazy and passing the blame on something that is a touchy subject.

zerohourxx
03-20-2013, 02:40 PM
Food has gone beyond "the fuel for sustaining life", like it use to. Its now a crutch for disabilities and excuses for being over weight. I wouldnt say its an addiction IMO, its more of a crippling way of being lazy and passing the blame on something that is a touchy subject.

This is pretty close to how I feel about it. I definitely don't think it qualifies as an "addiction" in the classical sense, IE physical dependency, acquired tolerance leading to increased intake, withdrawal symptoms after prolonged use as in most drugs. Labeling something an addiction which doesn't meet those criteria is pretty common in the mental health industry, though, because it gives people an external excuse for their self-destructive behavior and allows the industry to profit from them by offering to provide expensive counseling and medication to "solve" their problems.

All that said, I don't doubt that such food can be "habit forming," as it can certainly send impulses to your brain's pleasure centers that reinforce the behavior. Thus it's the same as most other things which have been labelled "addictions" but don't involve actual physical dependency, like marijuana addiction, sex addiction, video game/internet addiction, pornography addiction, etc. I can imagine people getting antsy/irritable for a while when separated from their precious junk food, much like those other so-called "addictions". But all you really need is willpower to overcome it.

usawinston
03-20-2013, 02:56 PM
Have you heard of the term "Hyperpalatable" foods? They aim to induce the maximum dopamine release possible, resulting in a "high" in the true sense of the word. Yes, food can be addicting.