Food can be ad­dic­tive

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C R AV I N G F O R food may be hard-wired into the brain of obese peo­ple. To understand the brain re­ward sys­tems, re­searchers gave buf­fet-style food to obese and nor­mal-weight per­sons and were then shown pho­to­graphs of food to stim­u­late crav­ing. Obese peo­ple saw a greater stim­u­la­tion in the re­ward cen­tres of the brain as­so­ci­ated with food than their nor­mal-weight coun­ter­parts. The study pro­vides po­ten­tial biomark­ers which can be used to man­age obe­sity. Euro­pean Col­lege of Neu­ropsy­chophar­ma­col­ogy, Au­gust 30

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