London - There is no such thing as food addiction, experts claim, and overweight people are not “hooked” on sugar or fat in the way drug addicts are to heroin or cocaine.
Instead, they are addicted to the act of eating – much like problem gambling – rather than to the foods themselves, University of Edinburgh researchers said.
They develop a psychological compulsion to eat, driven by the positive feelings this triggers in the brain.
Dr John Menzies, research fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Integrative Physiology, said: “People try to find rational explanations for being overweight and it is easy to blame food.
“Certain individuals do have an addictive-like relationship with particular foods and they can over-eat, despite knowing the risks to their health.