Journal: Food Addiction–Could It Explain Why 70 Percent of Americans Are F

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Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman, MD

Practicing physician

Posted: October 16, 2010 09:04 AM

Food Addiction: Could It Explain Why 70 Percent of Americans Are Fat?

Our government and food industry both encourage more “personal responsibility” when it comes to battling the obesity epidemic and its associated diseases. They say people should exercise more self-control, make better choices, avoid overeating, and reduce their intake of sugar-sweetened drinks and processed food. We are led to believe that there is no good food or bad food, that it’s all a matter of balance. This sounds good in theory, except for one thing…

New discoveries in science prove that industrially processed, sugar-, fat- and salt-laden food — food that is made in a plant rather than grown on a plant, as Michael Pollan would say — is biologically addictive.

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Phi Beta Iota: This is a HUGE story that merits more emphasis at The Huffington Post.  It is a perfect example of a newly-discovered “true cost” of the industrialization of agriculture which IS a contradiction in terms.  It is a perfect example of government complacency, ignorance, and ultimately irresponsibility.  This is precisely what public intelligence in the public interest is about.

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