Are you having weight problems? Have you been diagnosed as obese? Maybe it's not just an issue of the food you eat and proportions. According to a study, you could actually have a food addiction. It's easy to say that we're "addicted" to our favorite burger or Chinese fried chicken. However, though food addiction is a hot topic among researchers, there's growing scientific evidence that highly processed, high-fat and high-sugar foods have something unique to add to our weight problems.
"A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention."
The latest research on the subject shows that certain attitudes and behaviors connected to specific food types are very similar to 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. All foods had their corresponding scores which were averaged for every participant, and then the foods were ranked from being most problematic to being least problematic, in connection with behaviors associated with 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. According to researchers, this is no 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 most recent on the subject – is the first to investigate into the connection between how people eat certain foods and the properties of the food, whether high-sugar, high-fat or highly processed. Researchers are very hopeful that the finding will help obese people in their struggle to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Healthy eating tip : Put protein in perspective. Protein gives us the energy to get up and go—and keep going. Protein in food is broken down into the 20 amino acids that are the body's basic building blocks for growth and energy, and essential for maintaining cells, tissues, and organs. While too much protein can be harmful to people with kidney disease, the latest research suggests that most of us need more high-quality protein than the current dietary recommendations. It also suggests that we need more protein as we age to maintain physical function.
This may help change the globe's perception about obesity treatment, which may no longer be about reducing food consumption, but rather adopting strategies used for curing smoking, alcoholism and drug abuse.
A person who believes he might be addicted to food may never get an official addiction diagnosis from a doctor. But researchers are planning on distributing information so that help can come to those who are showing signs of an addiction-like eating disorder. 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 be sure to accept that you require help.
Healthy eating tip : Put protein in perspective. Protein gives us the energy to get up and go—and keep going. Protein in food is broken down into the 20 amino acids that are the body's basic building blocks for growth and energy, and essential for maintaining cells, tissues, and organs. While too much protein can be harmful to people with kidney disease, the latest research suggests that most of us need more high-quality protein than the current dietary recommendations. It also suggests that we need more protein as we age to maintain physical function. How much protein do you need? Protein needs are based on weight rather than calorie intake. Adults should eat at least 0.8g of lean, high-quality protein per kilogram (2.2lb) of body weight per day. A higher intake may help to lower your risk for obesity, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. Older adults should aim for 1 to 1.5 grams of lean protein for each kilogram of weight. This translates to 68 to 102g of protein per day for a person weighing 150 lbs