Fatty and Sugary Foods May Be as Addictive as Cocaine and Cigarettes

Even given that this article is telling folks that our current food, which is packed with sugars and fats, could be rewiring our brains like cocaine addiction, a majority of readers still vote to say that this is more about personal responsibility.

I understand why folks believe that their food should not be regulated by the government, but when we’re talking about the health of our communities, and when we’re talking about addressing an epidemic that haunts our entire nation (1/3 of US adults are classified obese right now, and nearly 1/5 of US children), I don’t think it’s too much to tell corporations to make their foods healthier.

In all honesty; if many of us have our brains rewired to those of addicts, can we really have unbias discussion and decisions about this?

There is a growing body of evidence suggesting fatty and sugary foods rewire the brain in the same way drugs like cocaine and nicotine do, leading to addiction.

In recent studies, lab animals who have been fed a diet of sugary and fatty snacks show the classic signs of addiction, and brain scans of obese humans show the same disturbances in their reward circuits as the brains that are found in drug addicts.

With more and more research uncovering the pernicious effects of junk food, pressure is beginning to mount on the government to regulate fatty and sugary foods like they have tobacco.

“This could change the legal landscape,” explains Kelly Brownell, director of Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. “People knew for a long time cigarettes were killing people, but it was only later they learned about nicotine and the intentional manipulation of it.”

Currently, 1/3 of US adults and 17 percent of children are classified as obese.


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