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Both alcoholics and chronic overeaters often complain of a

feeling of helplessness when caught in the grip of addictive behavior - as if there's "no off-switch" in their consumption of either food or booze...." ... see this below ...


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Food Addiction And Obesity


"the drive to eat is so intense..."


Is Food Addiction The Same As Alcoholism?"


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"...findings are encouraging in that some day they may lead to more effective treatments for alcohol and food addictions.

Meanwhile, the link between the two compulsive disorders may suggest

that the same kind of programs, which have helped alcoholics achieve sobriety,

may also allow over-eaters to tap into their own higher power to surmount their problems.

Both Alcoholics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous take a spiritual approach and rely on group support.

For those who want the latter without the former,

Weight Watchers uses the group dynamic..." ...see this text below ...





Alcoholism / Overeating Link?

Dole Diet Center ALCOHOLISM/OVEREATING LINK?

Same Brain Chemical Could Cause Booze/Food Abuse


Researchers at Princeton and Rockefeller Universities may have discovered a common

neuropeptide linked to both alcoholism and overeating.

Previous studies have linked a brain chemical called galanin to increased appetite.

But in a new animal study published in the December issue of Alcoholism:

Clinical and Experimental Research, the

same chemical was found to trigger

excessive alcohol consumption, leading scientists to speculate that galanin

may play a role in both compulsive disorders.



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In the study, galanin-hyped rats chose drinking over eating

- despite the compound's proven effects on appetite.

Similar patterns are observed among human alcoholics who eat less regularly

the more regularly they drink. Another parallel:

Animal subjects would forgo sleep in favor of more alcohol,

reflecting patterns

of sleep disturbance found among human alcoholics.

Both alcoholics and chronic overeaters often complain of a

feeling of helplessness

when caught in the grip of addictive behavior - as if there's "no off-switch"

in their consumption of either food or booze.

Co-researcher Sarah Leibowitz suggests that alcohol and fatty foods in particular

can lead to "non-homeostatic" behavior in certain susceptible individuals,

where they keep on consuming beyond the point of satiation or even comfort.




While more research is merited, the study's preliminary findings are encouraging

in that some day they may lead to more effective treatments for alcohol and food addictions.

Meanwhile, the

link between the two compulsive disorders may suggest that

the same kind of programs,

which have helped alcoholics achieve sobriety,

may also allow overeaters to tap into their own higher power to surmount their problems.

Both Alcoholics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous take a spiritual approach and rely on group support. For those who want the latter

without the former, Weight Watchers uses the group

dynamic to help provide encouragement and accountability.
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Food Addiction And Obesity



By Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY


"Obesity has long been blamed on weak willpower, overeating, genetics and lack of exercise. Now scientists increasingly are seeing signs that suggest there may be an additional contributor:

food addiction.

Monday night and again today, dozens of the nation's leading researchers in obesity, nutrition and addiction planned to discuss whether food has addictive properties for some people. They're gathering in New Haven, Conn., at a meeting sponsored by Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. "We

believe that there is sufficient science to suggest there is something to this,

so we are bringing the leading authorities together to decide whether food addiction is real and what the underlying psychology and biology might be," says Kelly Brownell, director of the Rudd Center.


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