More academic support for food addiction

Taxonomy upgrade extras: 

When you say someone "claims" something, what you're really saying is, "someone said something and you have reason to doubt it."

So, Caroline Scott-Thomas, a writer for the Nutra Ingredients website, is the skeptic when she writes...

Scientists claim to have found a correlation between weight loss maintenance and brain activity when people see food, which could lead to new treatments to help people achieve long-term weight loss.

I'm likely to pick up on a nuance like that because, in addition to having been an editor for 30 years, my bias is in the other direction — of course they've found that evidence. Of course biological factors contribute to whether someone is a problem eater — careless, or perhaps sometimes uses food to deal with an emotional upset — or is a food addict.

You may have heard me say before, but I'm a food addict. I am not normal around food. I have wanted more than my peers for as long as I can remember. My thinking used to be dominated by food — how I could get more, how I could avoid being noticed while getting more, what I would eat when I got the chance, etc. I know that this is not how most people act, but I also know that I'm not the only weirdo, either. 

I don't know why I turned out this way — was I born with it, and if so, why weren't my brother and sister? Was it because I had the biological predisposition, but then was pushed over the line by being a middle child, or 'cause I breast-fed, or not breast-fed enough, or whatever? 

Don't know, don't care.

While I grant that the "why" is useful information, it's doesn't nearly measure up to the fact itself, which is that, unattended by support and diligence, I will abuse food, or rather, I will abuse myself with food.

Partly because I can be a pigheaded know-it-all and partly because I have lived in a society that thinks that obesity arises solely from weak and failed personality, I stayed on the outskirts of these ideas for years even after being introduced to them. Millions of Americans — tens of millions, probably — have yet to be exposed to them, never mind to have sought out the changes that would follow from accepting them.

the strongest argument I can make for these ideas is that I'm living a great life as a result of accepting them. Thin-ish, a runner (-ish), with a range of stable relationships. Before, I was never anything like thin — I topped 360 at my highest depth, I never ewanted to be a runner, and I didn't even know that I could have the relationships, including a loving wife and a baby on the way, that I have.

I'm guessing Caroline can't relate. Which is fine — she's in the mainstream of nonenlightenment on this one. Regardless, check out the clip. It has quotes from the study author, and a full citation if you want to read the study for yourself.


Author and wellness innovator Michael Prager helps smart companies
make investments in employee wellbeing that pay off in corporate success.
Video | Services | Clients