Sweet Addiction

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By Eve Whittenburg, Staff Writer, SkinnyMs.

by SkinnyMs.

Love of sugar and fatty foods is often joked of as an addiction. We crave cookies, cakes and fried foods to mourn or to celebrate. We use it to make our day better or to emphasize a good day. The problem is that sugar can easily become an addiction. When we crave it to make us feel better, is is hardly different from wanting a cigarette or alcohol.

Addiction studies are beginning to prove the dangers of sugar addiction among rehabilitated drug addicts. During rehab, addicts are given easy access to heavily processed and sugary foods. The sugar acts like a transfer drug, activating the pleasure center of the brain, and providing a fix for the addict. Of course, the addicts and their counselors and doctors are focused on terminating the drug abuse, and they often fail to notice this new substance abuse. In an often-cited study from Connecticut College, researchers found that Oreo cookies activate the pleasure center of the brain the same as would cocaine or morphine.

This addiction often leads to substantial weight gain in patients. In many cases these patients become unsatisfied with their appearance, and they turn to unhealthy methods of weight loss, such as anorexia or even relapse into drug abuse. Because the focus is on getting off the drug, rehab patients are not always being taught to care for themselves in terms of healthy eating and exercise.

It is important for rehabilitated addicts to be counseled and treated with a holistic approach; one that focuses not just on the drug addiction, but with basic lessons on health. If these patients are unable to care for themselves properly, they will only turn their drug abuse into food abuse. This sugar abuse is not just for rehab patients, but probably exists among the sober. This would make it harder to lose weight, and cause dangerous weight loss methods to run rampant.

Source: The New York Times

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