For some, brain treats food like drug

April 4, 2011

For some people food does seem to act like a drug on the brain.

Thirty-nine women were screened based on whether they had high or low food addiction scores. Then, as their brains were scanned, they were shown images of a chocolate milkshake or water. Those with the higher food addiction scores had more brain activity in the regions associated with craving.

The scans also showed less activity in a region that reduces the desire to eat.

Researchers say these brain patterns are similar to what's seen in drug addicts.

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