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Is Your Binge Eating Getting out of Control in Reno?

Is Your Binge Eating Getting out of Control in Reno?

Do you find yourself feeling that you don’t have any control over your binge eating? Learn how your not alone and you can get help for binge eating.

health-magnifying-glass-over-background-with-different-association-terms-vector-illustrationAccording to an article at health24.com, “Understanding Binge Eating”

“Anorexia nervosa, bulimia and even obesity have been included in DSM for over 30 years (Kaplan & Sadock, 1981).

But now Dr Suzanne Dickson, a researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, is reported to have suggested that binge eating obesity may be a type of food addiction (Brauser, 2013). Dr Dickson was speaking at the 26th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Addiction theory

The popular press has been buzzing with articles that liken foods, especially fatty and sweet foods, to narcotics and claim that sugar is as addictive as a drug.

“Sugar’s secret power over the mind” an article by Cherrill Hicks published in the Sunday Times (2013), explains the concept of “hedonic hunger”, a powerful drive that makes certain foods irresistible. According to the article, hedonic hunger is how our bodies respond under the influence of the brain’s reward centre which makes us eat certain foods for the simple pleasure of eating them.

These foods are invariably not broccoli or steamed fish, but high-fat, high-sugar and also high-salt foods. Evidently our brains light up during neuro-imaging when we are exposed to such foods in the same way that the brains of opiate and alcohol addicts glow when they are presented with their chosen drugs. The reaction is linked to the release of dopamine in the brain which is in turn associated with the reward system.

In addition, ghrelin the hormone we usually produce in our stomachs when we need energy that stimulates hunger and the eating response, is also produced when we see or smell or even think of these high-fat, high-sugar foods.” To read the entire article click here.

Barbara Cox specializes in eating disorders, binge eating, and nutritional counseling. For more information contact ABC Nutrition Services 775-329-0505 or visit ABCNutritionServices.com.

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