Nora Volkow, believer

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Nora Volkow, chief of the National Institute on Drug AbuseNext up in my recent cavalcade of wholly credible voices who endorse the notion of food addiction thoroughly is Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

In an address in early April at Rockefeller University, she gave an impassioned address in which she said that understanding the commonalities between food and drug addictions could offer insights into all types of compulsive behavior, according to Time health writer Maia Szalavitz.

Also from Szalavitz’s story:

Drugs were once thought to be uniquely addictive because of their outsized effect on the brain: they can raise dopamine levels far higher than natural experiences like sex and food, at least in the lab. This was believed to create chemical imbalances that the brain isn’t equipped to regulate. However, many argue that the modern food environment, a universe of plenty that has been engineered to deliver as much sugar and fat as cheaply as possible — certainly a stark contrast to the feast-or-famine circumstances in which humans evolved — may have actually created a similar imbalance.

It’s hard to overstate the impact of the nation’s most established expert on drug addiction endorsing the concept of food addiction.

How long can the doubters hang on before they look just completely dogmatic, ignorant, or both?

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