Hi...I'm new to your team.
My latest copy of Nutrition Action (Canadian) has an interesting article titled "In Your Face--How the Food Industry Drives Us to Eat" by Kelly Brownell, a professor in the Dept.of Psyc. at Yale University. It's too long to quote but here are a few things:
"...people who consider themselves food addicts, and they might be, but the more important question is whether there's enough addictive properties in some foods to keep people coming back for more and more."
And: "There are pathways in the brain that get activated when we experience pleasure, and drugs of abuse like heroin hijack that system...the drugs set up the addiction by creating tolerance, so you need more over time to produce the same effect. The drugs set us up to have cravings. The same reward system is activated by foods, especially foods high in sugar."
And: "We have a terrible set of defaults with food: big portions, bad marketing. These conditions produce incentives for the wrong behaviors. So if you were creating an environment from scratch, you would do the opposite of what we have. The population deserves a better set of defaults."
Sorry for length. The "bottom line" for me is that instead of thinking of myself as a bad, weak, piggy person, maybe I should stop taking the heat for this. Not that I can't overcome it but to put the emphasise where it belongs and try to control my own self-marketing--to see the wrong-headedness in my attraction to sugar/fat/salt and try to retrain my brain.
What do you think?
All the Best, everybody!
My name is Sandra and I'm from Nova Scotia.
Every time I open a newspaper, I am reminded that we live in a world where we can no longer afford not to know our neighbours.
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