Aaron (not his real name) spent years fighting urges to eat almost continuously. Food was the answer to everything: stress, sorrow, depression and even joy. In his attempt to control himself, he would keep his cabinets free of food. But he would just end up going to a friend’s house to eat.
“A growing number of obesity experts would argue that Aaron had a food addiction, that he had become hooked on the ‘high’ he got from certain foods, especially those loaded in sugar and fat, and that the ‘pleasure centre’ in his brain had been hijacked.” [Source: CTV News]
Assistant psychiatry professor Dr. Valerie Taylor admits that the idea of “food addiction” is still not widely accepted by the medical community. But new studies are adding to the growing collection of evidence affirming food addiction as a real medical condition. Taylor hopes that acknowledgement of the condition will help doctors better treat obese patients who may have food addictions.
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