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Are you a foodaholic? (Or otherwise known as the "milkshake addiction") ...

Study finds milkshakes can trigger the same reaction as drugs ....

Can food be addictive in the same way that, say, heroin is addictive? It's a question that researchers have puzzled over for years. A new study published online in the Archives of General Psychiatry suggests that the parallels are strong, and that willpower alone isn't sufficient to keep certain people from overeating:

A new study suggests that people who struggle to say no to chocolate, french fries or other junk food suffer from something more insidious than lack of willpower: They may actually have an addiction.

Using a high-tech scan to observe the brains of pathological eaters versus normal eaters, the study found that showing a milkshake to the abnormal group was akin to dangling a cold beer in front of an alcoholic.

Previous studies have shown that food photographs can activate the brain's reward centers in much the way that booze imagery does for alcoholics. This study from Yale University researchers purports to be the first to distinguish so-called food addicts from overeaters.

Before subjecting 39 women to magnetic resonance imaging scans, researchers asked them to complete the 26-question Yale Food Addiction Scale, a two-year-old test designed to identify pathological eaters. Fifteen of the women scored high on the test for addictive-like eating behaviors. When placed inside an MRI machine, those 15 women had dramatically greater neurological responses to the image of a milkshake than the others, according to the study, published online this week in the Archives of General Psychiatry.


Asked by tasches at 2:45 PM on Apr. 6, 2011 in Food & Drink

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  • yes , food is as addictive as heroin or any other drug

    Answer by letstalk747 at 2:46 PM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • its so true. when i lost a lot of weight on diet pills and the weight was gone, and after like a few months of not eating much, my body got used to it. and i hardly wanted to eat as much as i did before. keeping it off was a breeze.

    Answer by fefe87 at 2:52 PM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • Very interesting article.

    Answer by _Tam_ at 5:50 PM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • Its true. Im addicted to brownies.

    Answer by Aqua_Jen at 8:17 PM on Apr. 6, 2011