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Lesson 3.4 – Can you become addicted to food?

In Lesson 3.3 we worked our way through a primary research paper that shows how changing diet and lifestyle may not be sufficient to rebalance the homeostasis signals that regulate when we are hungry or satiated. In this lesson we will examine yet another complicating factor that can thwart our intentions to lose weight and maintain weight loss – the similarities between how our brain behaves when confronted with food and how it behaves when confronted with drugs of abuse. The realization that there are many commonality between the addicted brain and the obese brain is a recent one, and has significant implications for how treatment for obesity will need to be managed.

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