Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Shhhh... Don't Tell Anyone; There's Crack in that Burger!

Eating is one of the things I enjoy love, and a new study out of Yale University suggests why. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain, researchers measured neural response during anticipation and receipt of food for 48 participants. Although this study was used previously to evaluate our tendency towards overeating, the current work compiles data to compare results to individuals with a history of substance abuse and alcoholism. Of particular note, it was observed that the reward-seeking and pleasure-center regions of the brain activated by food cravings was very similar to the regions observed previously for individuals craving their favorite drugs.

Put simply, food is addictive.

So the next time you see me chowing down on a Big Mac and breaking my diet, don't blame me. I'm just an addict. And if you don't see me around for a while, don't worry, I'm probably just in rehab.

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