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The emerging science of addictive overeating

Living to Eat

Under normal conditions drugs and food are very different. However, because the brain reward systems responsible for making drugs of abuse so addictive are the same pleasure systems that are activated by the foods we eat, our brains can have a hard time differentiating between the pleasure derived from mild doses of some drugs of abuse and some types of palatable foods. Read More

If you know you're inclined

If you know you're inclined to abuse something, you can choose to avoid it completely.... Unless that thing is food.


unless we isolate ourselves from the world, our daily environment is filled with cues for food and eating. It becomes pretty hard to avoid them when you see the billboards on your way to work, a fast food chain on every other block, and the abundance of food ads when on the internet.

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Nicole Avena, Ph.D. is a research neuroscientist and an expert in the fields of nutrition, diet and addiction.


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