Are Overeating and Drug Addiction Related?
A recent article appearing on Science News suggests that there could be stronger neurobiological links between compulsive overeaters and drug addicts than were previously supposed:
“In recent years, scientists have discovered neurological connections between overeating and drug addiction. They’ve conducted studies showing that the brains of individuals with either of these conditions differ from other people’s brains in similar ways. The researchers have also described a few enlightening differences between the brains of overeaters and those of drug abusers.
Understanding the neurological causes of overeating and drug addiction, say the researchers, could lead to new treatments for both conditions.”
What could be the repurcussions of such findings? It may be that drugs that are found effective for treating chemical addictions may also be useful in treating food addictions.