Overeating Eating and Substance Abuse, Similar...

I know, sounds weird. But a new study in Psychiatric News claims compulsive eating and substance abuse share the same neurological pathways and chemicals in the brain. Analyzing this relationship could yield better treatment options for both; via Booster Shots.

No doubt, we’ve all had moments where overeating, or eating something we shouldn’t, made us feel better. Dr. Fuhrman calls this emotional eating and it’s a serious impediment to health. Good news, cutting junk foods and eating healthier can eliminate the problem. Hooray!
 

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Steve - November 10, 2008 12:22 PM

Hi Gerry
Doesn't sound weird to me at all. I have certainly abused both. Crappy food is basically a legal drug (albeit a rather lousy one). Look at an adult party where people drink and smoke and toke and snort, then look at a typical child's party where the kids shove pop and cake and hot dogs down their throats. The main difference I see is the blind spot (ie denial) almost all people have towards bad food.

Michael - November 10, 2008 2:27 PM

As a member of Overeaters Anonymous, I have encountered a number of people here were recovered alcoholics and drug addicts who now battle with eating too much food once they broke their other habits. It's not surprising at all.

alex - April 2, 2009 12:06 AM

Hi Gerry
Doesn't sound weird to me at all. I have certainly abused both. Crappy food is basically a legal drug (albeit a rather lousy one). Look at an adult party where people drink and smoke and toke and snort, then look at a typical child's party where the kids shove pop and cake and hot dogs down their throats. The main difference I see is the blind spot (ie denial) almost all people have towards bad food.

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