Recent studies regarding eating addictions
Scientific literature is gradually confirming the reality of eating addictions, which is characterized by obsessive thoughts about food, cravings and an inability to stop eating despite physical harm. Recent studies show that highly palatable foods, such as salt, sugar and fat, stimulate the same pleasure and reward centers in the brain as heroin and cocaine.
Although there is a strong link between obesity and eating addictions, it is entirely possible for a person at a normal weight to struggle with this illness. Like drug abusers, food addicts may be unable to stop their unhealthy behaviors – even if they cause weight gain, depression, work-related issues, damaged relationships and other consequences.
Because food is necessary to survive, treating a food addiction can be complicated. However, recent studies indicate that the 12-Step Program, which is highly effective for helping patients with drug dependence, can assist those who are struggling with an eating disorder. Dietary changes, lifestyle adjustments, and the support of family and friends can also help addicts who are on the road to recovery.