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