When someone mentions an addict most of us will probably imagine a junky shooting up in some dark corner of town, but what about those that are addicted to food? Yes food can become quite addictive and certain diets may actually affect your brain in a way that is similar to that of many hardcore drugs.
High fat, high calorie junk foods can become very addictive, and this not only leads to mental problems, but it is also a reason for the rising obesity rate in the States. Along with the unbelievably high rates of obesity, Americans are becoming more likely to develop diabetes, heart disease, and strokes.
A study on rats showed that the high fat, high calorie diet showed similar signs drugs like heroin. These foods satisfy the pleasure center in the brain and after awhile of eating this type of diet, eating becomes compulsive. In fact, even electric shocks were unable to stop their eating. The addiction had developed to the point where they would keep eating despite obvious pain as the joy they obtained from eating would outweigh the pain of the shocks.
While I don’t think that Americans are going to have as much difficulty with food addiction that rats do, I do think that many Americans will not only gain a significant amount of weight and endanger their health; I believe that once that weight is put on, it will be more difficult to lose that weight than ever before.
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