By James Erlichman, Napoleon Ryan
Weight problems has hit epidemic degrees. within the constructed, and lots more and plenty of the constructing notice, it's now 'normal' to be obese with a BMI of 25 or extra. And the worldwide inhabitants is getting fatter for all time as a strong mixture of affordable meals, social behaviours and advertisement pressures force us to the biscuit tin many times and again.
But this isn't the worst of it.
The sugars, salts and fat which are slowly killing us are while crucial for our survival. for that reason, our brains gift us after we devour them, filling us with emotions of enjoyment. yet sleek abundance has driven this too a long way - during this mum or dad brief, James Erlichman lays out a frank argument during which now we have develop into hooked on nutrients. choked with various learn and exploring the technology of weight problems and the social background of what we devour for our nutrition (and snacks), hooked on nutrition is a robust demand us to appreciate the bad catch-22 that's using our ever-expanding waistlines. Written with humour and keenness, it is going to not only make you examine that custard cream in a special style, yet provide help to comprehend why it tastes so scrumptious within the first position.
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Extra info for Addicted to Food: Understanding the obesity epidemic
Not only is sugar considered the most ‘addictive’ foodstuff, it is, according to Lustig, also the most toxic. ‘Importantly, sugar induces all the diseases associated with “metabolic syndrome”’ – a mix of morbid maladies including high blood pressure, raised ‘bad’ cholesterol levels and insulin resistance leading to type 2 diabetes. Sale of toxic products such as cigarettes is highly regulated, and in 2012 the British Government proposed plans to set a minimum unit price for alcohol. But anyone with a few coins in their pocket can buy huge volumes of sugary drinks.
But food addicts, unfortunately, still need to eat tomorrow and every day after – they are literally forced to swallow their temptations. Secondly, other addicts are, in theory at least, free and ‘clean’ the moment they quit their substance. And within a few awful weeks they begin to feel and look much better. Not obese people. They will wake up tomorrow, next week, next month and even next year still overweight, because shedding pounds is, even with the greatest willpower, a painfully slow business.
For example, in laboratory experiments by other researchers, rats bingeing on sugar/fat solutions appear very much to mimic the ‘hijacking’ of their opioid pathway, which is the route taken by heroin and morphine substances. Rats given a two-hour window of the sugar/fat solution will consume most of their daily calorie intake before it is taken away, despite having 24-hour access to their normal laboratory chow, which they can hardly be bothered to nibble. They will also need more sugar/fat solution each week to feed their craving.
Addicted to Food: Understanding the obesity epidemic by James Erlichman, Napoleon Ryan