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"Powerful forces you don’t recognize may be driving you to overeat, the culprits: fat, salt, sugar, and brain chemistry” says David Kessler, MD, an FDA commissioner. Although he avoids using the terminology “food addiction” he concedes that there is a correlation between the abuse of drugs and not being able to resist that last deep-fried chip on a heaping plate of cheese-smothered nachos. For some it’s alcohol, for some it’s drugs, for some it’s gambling, but for many of us it’s food.
Even with all of this acquired knowledge on nutrition and eating disorders, Kessler’s weight has fluctuated greatly over the years as well, leaving him with a suit in every size.
"For much of my life, sugar, fat, and salt held remarkable sway over my behavior," he exclaims.
And so the man currently leading the FDA has poured countless resources and hours of work into finding out why he just can’t resist that last chocolate chip cookie. His results were fascinating.
His theory: “Hyperpalatable” foods. These foods are loaded with salt, sugar, and fat, and stimulate the senses to provide a feeling of reward that leads many people to eat more to repeat the experience. He calls this a condition of hyper eating.
Here’s how it works: When someone consumes a sugary or fatty food they enjoy this releases endorphins. These are chemicals in the brain which signal pleasure and excitement bordering on happiness. These chemicals stimulate us to eat more of the same type of food. Food can actually create a feeling of calmness and happiness!
Another chemical the brain releases is dopamine, which is the motivational trigger for us to pursue more of that type of fatty, sugary, and salty food. Cues stir us back to these sources as well: seeing familiar brands of food, restaurants along the street, or maybe even our favourite candy bar in a vending machine. Eventually, the food becomes a habit, and soon enough we no longer realise why we’re eating and can’t control our appetite. Our innate desire to eat to fuel the body is now lost.
Once the food has become a habit we are no longer satisfied and continuously look for foods higher in fat and sugar content to recreate the initial thrill of consuming food.
Of course, not only biological factors are involved. Many studies show that there is a correlation between obesity in the US and household income. People who are obese mainly live in low income neighbourhoods and are not educated.
Now that social and biological factors are examined, how can this burning desire to eat foods high in fat and sugar content be overwritten? How can we overcome the inability to say no?