Could you be a FOOD ADDICT? Survey says...YES!

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By 1cookie :) Latest Reply 2011-07-18 10:52:45 -0500
Started 2011-04-05 08:49:24 -0500

Go to and find the story below and see the video. there are related stories to support the biology behind the addiction.

For Those Addicted, Food Is Like a Drug
Study Shows Brain Activity in Food Addicts Similar to Other Addicts

Story aired on April 4, 2011

For Michael Prager, food used to be much more than a way to get his daily doses of nutrients or to satisfy a craving for a tasty treat.


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"From an early age, I ate for reasons that other people didn't, and I ate in amounts that other people didn't," Prager said. "I stole money from my mother's purse and I stole candy from stores before I was 10 years old."

As an adult, he often stocked up on junk food after work and ate almost all of it. Food controlled him so much, in fact, he felt the need to stop for food after getting off at midnight so he wouldn't have to go back out in the middle of the night.

Now 53, it took years of binge eating and yo-yo dieting to realize he had an addiction to food.

"I used food as a coping mechanism. It's similar to the way people use drugs, or alcohol, or shopping or sex."

That's an idea supported by a new study that found food may indeed be just like a drug.

Researchers led by Yale University doctoral student Ashley Gearhardt discovered that women who exhibit more signs of food addiction, when shown a picture of a milkshake and then given a taste of it, had more activity in areas of the brain associated with "craving" than women who showed fewer signs of food addiction. The women who showed more signs of food addiction had less activity in the part of the brain that decreases the desire to eat.

In order to measure food addiction, the researchers used a scale similar to the one used to measure drug addiction.

"We got interested in this research because there have been a lot of interesting findings in looking at parallels between obesity and substance dependence. Studies have shown brain pattern similarities," said Gearhardt.

"Anticipation of a delectable treat provided the greatest activation, even more so than getting a taste of it," said Bonnie Levin, director of the Division of Neuropsychology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Levin was not involved in the study.

Alcoholics can stay out of bars but people have to eat, you can't avoid it. Some Diabetics may be fighting a food addicion.

What do you think?

6 replies

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-07-18 10:52:45 -0500 Report

This can be a sickness also to those whose minds are depressed, lonesome, without the joy of a soul mate! Grandpa Bill

Harlen 2011-04-05 12:44:44 -0500 Report

I am
If I dont eat every day I will be sick in three days I would need to see the Doc
It is Bad to be hoocked on food
One day it will kill me O well till then yum yum

GabbyPA 2011-04-05 08:53:11 -0500 Report

I saw a bit on this on Fox News this morning. They were saying that the single taste creates a desire for more in those who are wired this way....sigh. I would say that is me. That is why I am better off going cold turkey on things that are temptations for me. Just eating a little is rarely successful.

lil_dragonfly 2011-04-06 14:29:53 -0500 Report

That's what happens to me. Some things I eat make me want more and more and I have an uncontrollable urge to keep eating.

1cookie :)
1cookie :) 2011-04-05 09:08:35 -0500 Report

The info was that a "normal" brain response after tasting the food was to be satisfied…in the "addicted " brain the responce was Ihave to have this. The vidio, if you watch it all shows a man who said he would steal from people to get money for food because of his addiction. I feel bad that some people have to go through that.