Are you addicted to junk food?

Exercise and watch what you eat.

Simple, right? Or not. What if other forces were at work, trying to put kilos on your frame until you join the 58 per cent of the world predicted to be overweight or obese by 2030*? Many scientists now believe that it’s not your stomach you should worry about –it’s your brain. In the past couple of years, scientists have published nearly 40 studies on whether the temptation of food can veer into actual addiction.

Think the addiction concept is an over-eater’s cop-out? Experts don’t. Researchers are currently debating whether food addiction should be included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the go-to reference for psychiatrists and mental health professionals.

Scientists speculate that only some people are truly addicted to food. However, a far greater number of us may be vulnerable to the ways food can trick the brain into making us eat more than we want to, says Dr Joe Frascella, from the US National Institute on Drug Abuse. And with the current profusion of food-themed TV shows and an escalating fast-food arms race, it’s becoming more and more difficult for our brains to resist cues to overeat. So fight back with these tactics, and gain mastery over your meals.

Oct 3, 2012

Are you addicted to junk food?

Discover the emerging science behind the brain-belly connection and how food gets its hooks into you

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  1. SteveH01:57pm Tuesday 01st October 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Obesity is the best thing in the world! I hope every dude in my state gets fat, that way I don't have to do anything but be myself. I'll look awesome & at 88kgs 6ft 3, I'll be beating em off with a stick !

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  2. Byron12:42pm Monday 30th September 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    "Addiction" is just a word. If you want to stop junk food, just stop. If you can't stop, then you are just useless, not addicted.

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  3. Denis Bowie10:18am Monday 30th September 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I'm addicted to junk women, the badder the better, Denis 0411 273 648 Eastern Suburbs straight male.

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  4. The Observer11:08am Friday 30th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Well I certainly won't be flying Japan Airways, and eating that fat dripping #$%$ The food on airlines is bad enough, but if ever I was offered junk food, I would demand a ticket refund.

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  5. Bill10:45am Friday 30th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    the same old boring rhetoric from bozo boson

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  6. Glib10:32am Friday 30th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    There is no such thing as addiction, unless it is chemical (drug-related). You either have self-discipline, or you don't. YOUR problem. No excuses. There is NO food addiction. There is NO sex addiction. Survival of the smartest.

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