Yes, Food Addiction Is Real
The Role of Dopamine in Food and Drug Addiction
"If the birthday-cake-type experience, which is something that involves a food far sweeter than an apple, takes place, your brain can handle it. But what happens when birthday cake is available 24/7?Now we have a problem... People who are vulnerable---have had an early history of any kind of abuse or trauma--- have mood issues, or a history of addiction themselves and/or
geneticallyin their family, these people are at much higher risk to now develop an addictive-like eating behavior.This is especially when they regularly consume what we now call "the hyperpalatables" – refined, processed sugars, fats, and salt."
How Addiction Develops
Early Trauma 'Primes' Your Brain for Future Addiction
Even for people lacking a distinct history of abuse and
trauma thereare conditions that set us up for self-soothing and often self-destructive addictive behavior. Dr. Volkow herself says that as much as she has very high levels of self-regulation and compulsivity ...When she's stressed and when she is sleep-deprived – the two S's– she'll cave to the crave.She also showed that, believe it or not, it's not the consuming of the food that actually results in the highest levels of dopamine release in the brain; it's the cues and the triggers ...Just by showing people pictures or getting them triggered, they have very high levels of dopamine secretion. The thing is when they actually consume, especially if they're addictive, they're not experiencing the level of reward that anticipatingthe fix will provide."