Is Food Addiction Real?
Sure, we all need food to survive. But guys aren’t getting into shoot-outs over cheeseburgers. They aren’t squandering their life savings on just a few more potato chips. So is food addiction legit? Is it a real disorder? It’s too soon to say for sure, but yeah, probably—at least according to two doctors we spoke to. “Drugs of abuse vary in potency and their effects on brain. A smoker has mild euphoria compared to someone who is a cocaine addict,” says Nicole M. Avena, PhD, research neuroscientist in the fields of nutrition and addiction at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine
- Nicole Avena, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai