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Food Addiction and the SAD

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 17, 2011 at 11:11 PM

Paying attention to the food reward debates as well as some personal experience with addiction and over eating I???m beginning to think food addiction is everywhere! I recently went on a road trip with some friends. We had to stop every 4 hours to eat at some restaurant.. It sucked and wasted so much time. As we all know, a lot of people will go at lengths to defend their eating habits. How many SAD eaters do you think are food addicts? Or somewhere on the addiction spectrum?

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on March 23, 2012
at 11:10 PM

i find education a healthy addiction.

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on February 24, 2012
at 03:31 PM

Hi ved12, do you happen to have any good citations from nutritional journals etc. on food addiction? I'm not convinced (yet) food is really addictive. From my own guessing, I would assume that if food is addictive, then rather specifically certain types of food are addictive and there is a well thought-out endocrinological explanation or theory around a related brain metabolism of whatever chemicals (or by-products) come from the food.

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on February 13, 2012
at 04:04 PM

I wish your friend well. If there was a pill that actually worked, half of all Americans would be on it. Those who overcome food addiction must each find their own solutions. There are some here, including me, who've had success so I hope your friend finds his way to make food less important.

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on February 13, 2012
at 01:16 PM

It's a question of degree, after all you go on to spend most of your answer pointing out other ways in which the typical european diet *is* different to SAD. There's other protective factors such as the predominantly pastured livestock but the trends are not going in the right direction. There are similarly developing issues of obesity.

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on October 02, 2011
at 03:41 PM

I like eating the Standard French Diet, which is carbier than the SAD, loaded with sugar and gluten, not to mention the wine and cigarettes. Not paleo, but with French healthcare, more walking and less volumetric eating, there's an offset against dietary changes. I was in Slovakia once a few years ago and was sad to see the intrusion of Tesco. As far as sweets go, a good poppyseed cake is pretty deadly [are poppyseeds paleo?] even compared to American coke, and there is a certain amount of trencherman eating of starchy dishes and beer, but it wasn't the US style constant sedentary pigout.

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on October 02, 2011
at 02:34 PM

Yep I agree. At least it's healthy.

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on October 02, 2011
at 01:58 AM

Well, people who aren't trying to lose weight or leave SAD may be addicts and don't know it. I think the grim stats on diet failures infers there are a significant number of addicts.

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on October 02, 2011
at 01:57 AM

Yup! That's me; I spend about an hour per day obsessively reading/commenting on my food lifestyle. I have to say that beats killing myself with food as I was on SAD.

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on September 18, 2011
at 03:01 AM

+1 for the autospell

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on September 18, 2011
at 02:10 AM

Sorry, I disagree. If there is something addictive about foods (and I suspect there is), it's not likely to be related to high GI foods and hunger. Instead, it's probably related substances within foods -- such as opioid peptides found in wheat and dairy that ping endorphin receptors in the brain, or veggie oils whose omega 6s ping the endocannabinoid system for those with metabolic syndrome -- which may lead to real addiction behavior (tolerance, dependance, withdrawal etc).

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on September 18, 2011
at 12:23 AM

My auto spell turn glycemic into bluffing! Cool!

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on September 18, 2011
at 12:22 AM

High bluffing carbs make your hunger return inappropriatly soon. I'd call that addictive.

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on October 02, 2011
at 07:03 AM

Many people like to criticize SAD, but recently I was thinking about something. Here in Europe, people are on something similar to SAD - with the exception that maybe instead of cornflakes, we like to eat bread with butter for breakfast. Plus, most parents doesn't allow their kids to drink soft-drinks. But still, not that many people are obese or addicted to food.

My theory is, that although SAD is certainly not optimal diet, it is not that bad actually. But what is terrible, is that in U.S., people like to over-sweeten everything. I was in N.Y.C. for 10 days, and it was quite apparent - coke was sweeter than in Slovakia, normal bread was sweet (instead of salty), cakes were so sweet that I barely could eat it...(and I liked cakes a lot back then). What got me puzzled most was that in the morning, we ate rich breakfast consisting of scrambled eggs, bacon and potatoes - nice salty food, but then I saw some people liked to pour some black sweet syrup into it... something we Europeans would not do.

So I think the main problem is not SAD, but artificial over-sweetening, and that could very well cause addiction as well.

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on October 02, 2011
at 03:41 PM

I like eating the Standard French Diet, which is carbier than the SAD, loaded with sugar and gluten, not to mention the wine and cigarettes. Not paleo, but with French healthcare, more walking and less volumetric eating, there's an offset against dietary changes. I was in Slovakia once a few years ago and was sad to see the intrusion of Tesco. As far as sweets go, a good poppyseed cake is pretty deadly [are poppyseeds paleo?] even compared to American coke, and there is a certain amount of trencherman eating of starchy dishes and beer, but it wasn't the US style constant sedentary pigout.

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on February 13, 2012
at 01:16 PM

It's a question of degree, after all you go on to spend most of your answer pointing out other ways in which the typical european diet *is* different to SAD. There's other protective factors such as the predominantly pastured livestock but the trends are not going in the right direction. There are similarly developing issues of obesity.

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on September 17, 2011
at 11:55 PM

I think I'm still a food addict even though I'm not consuming nearly as much. I'm always reading about Paleo, sourcing foods, etc. I transferred the addiction.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on October 02, 2011
at 01:57 AM

Yup! That's me; I spend about an hour per day obsessively reading/commenting on my food lifestyle. I have to say that beats killing myself with food as I was on SAD.

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

(3209)

on October 02, 2011
at 02:34 PM

Yep I agree. At least it's healthy.

31381cfeb5d6da6fc75f80ab68e041ea

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on March 23, 2012
at 11:10 PM

i find education a healthy addiction.

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on February 13, 2012
at 10:25 AM

Food addiction is now becoming a very common health issue. Many people are addicted to food and some of them are addicted to fast food which have fats and carbs. My friend is also addicted to food and his weight is 120 Kg. But now he started taking some medicines as per the doctors instruction to cure the food addiction.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 13, 2012
at 04:04 PM

I wish your friend well. If there was a pill that actually worked, half of all Americans would be on it. Those who overcome food addiction must each find their own solutions. There are some here, including me, who've had success so I hope your friend finds his way to make food less important.

D6304567ada7ac5e8c6f4e5902270831

(90)

on February 24, 2012
at 03:31 PM

Hi ved12, do you happen to have any good citations from nutritional journals etc. on food addiction? I'm not convinced (yet) food is really addictive. From my own guessing, I would assume that if food is addictive, then rather specifically certain types of food are addictive and there is a well thought-out endocrinological explanation or theory around a related brain metabolism of whatever chemicals (or by-products) come from the food.

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on September 18, 2011
at 12:05 AM

I think that many people have issues with overeating SAD foods for potentially a number of reasons. But I suspect that the number of actual "addicts" is actually fairly small ... if you define addiction as one that involves clear lack of control in spite of the problems caused by consuming the substance (this source claims that 75% of adults drink, and 6% of those become alcoholics).

There's probably a much larger percent of people though who use food as a coping mechanism when stressed. But I wouldn't label that addiction.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on September 18, 2011
at 02:10 AM

Sorry, I disagree. If there is something addictive about foods (and I suspect there is), it's not likely to be related to high GI foods and hunger. Instead, it's probably related substances within foods -- such as opioid peptides found in wheat and dairy that ping endorphin receptors in the brain, or veggie oils whose omega 6s ping the endocannabinoid system for those with metabolic syndrome -- which may lead to real addiction behavior (tolerance, dependance, withdrawal etc).

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on September 18, 2011
at 12:22 AM

High bluffing carbs make your hunger return inappropriatly soon. I'd call that addictive.

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on September 18, 2011
at 03:01 AM

+1 for the autospell

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on September 18, 2011
at 12:23 AM

My auto spell turn glycemic into bluffing! Cool!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on October 02, 2011
at 01:58 AM

Well, people who aren't trying to lose weight or leave SAD may be addicts and don't know it. I think the grim stats on diet failures infers there are a significant number of addicts.

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on September 17, 2011
at 11:34 PM

A very large number. There are exceptions though...

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