This is what people don't understand: obesity is a symptom of poverty. It's not a lifestyle choice where people are just eating and not exercising. It's because kids - and this is the problem with school lunch right now - are getting sugar, fat, empty calories - lots of calories - but no nutrition.
Are you having weight problems? Have you been diagnosed as obese? Maybe it's not just what you eat or how much. According to a study, you could actually have a food addiction. We all say we're addicted to our favorite donuts or chocolates. Food addiction is quite a controversial topic among researchers, but there is increasing evidence to prove that highly processed, sugary and fatty foods have a unique contribution to our weight problems.
According to the latest research conducted on the subject, certain behaviors and attitudes associated with certain types of food, closely resemble addiction patterns. In the study, over five hundred participants identify the foods that contributed the most to their weight problems. Participants used the Yale Food Addiction Scale in defining their problem foods. Scores for different food types for each participant were then averaged, and then the foods were ranked from most problematic to least problematic in terms of behaviors that mimic addiction.
The foods that turned out to be most mentally distressing and physically uncomfortable are the highly-processed types or those which are high in fat and sugar. Such foods also have the highest glycemic indices, which are measurements of how the food affects a person's blood sugar levels after being consumed. Researchers believe this is not a coincidence. There are many studies suggest that these particular food types can elicit behaviors and alterations in the brain which are normally associated with a drug or alcohol addiction diagnosis.
Food addiction as of today has not been recognized officially. It is most similar to binge eating disorder using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. But the study mentioned earlier – the latest conducted on the topic – is the first to establish a connection between how people eat specific foods and the qualities of those foods (being highly processed, high-sugar or high-fat). Research continue to hope that this finding will soon help obese people who are struggling with their weight issues.
Adopting a new healthier lifestyle can involve changing diet to include more fresh fruit and vegetables as well as increasing levels of exercise.
This could help change the world's approach to obesity treatment, which may not always be about reducing food intake, but rather using methods that are known to stop drug abuse, smoking and drinking.
A person who feels like he is addicted to food may never get a medical diagnosis as of now. But researchers are keen on spreading information so that those who are exhibiting sings of an addiction-like eating disorder can be helped. If you're afraid you might be one of these people, this is one continuing research that you should follow. You can't deny a problem that is clearly there. Know and accept your need for help.
Fats are essential for many reasons: They are a provider of energy. They are involved in forming cell membranes. They are a vehicle for the provision of fat soluble vitamins such as Vitamins A, E, D and K. They are involved in making hormones. They provide insulation; keeping us warm. They provide us with a shock absorbing, protective layer Fats are made from building blocks called fatty acids. There are three types of fatty acids - saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. The fat in food contains a mixture of all three fatty acids, in different proportions in different foods.