Parents’ drinking habits linked to addiction to processed food

July 31, 2022 21:01 IST

Washington [US]Jul 31 (ANI): According to a recent study, children with parents who suffer from alcohol problems are more likely to have signs of food addiction.
Journal of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors published the study.
High levels of refined carbohydrates and fats in highly processed foods, such as ice cream, chocolate, pizza and fries, can cause some people to develop an addiction.
Researchers from the University of Michigan wanted to know whether a parent with alcoholism, a major risk factor for addiction, also predicted a higher risk of addiction to highly processed foods.

This clinically significant addiction to highly processed foods, characterized by a loss of control over intake, strong cravings and an inability to cut corners despite negative effects, appears to affect up to 1 in 5 people.
According to Lindzey Hoover, a psychology graduate student at the University of Michigan and the study’s lead author, “people with a family history of addiction are at greater risk of developing a problematic relationship with highly processed foods, which is really challenging in a food environment where these foods are cheaply, accessible and heavily marketed.”
The study found that people with food addictions were also more likely to have personal problems with alcohol, cannabis, tobacco, and vaping. Addictive reactions didn’t stop with food, though.
The leading causes of preventable death in the modern world are diets dominated by heavily processed foods and excessive consumption of addictive substances. According to this study, interventions are needed to simultaneously reduce addictive eating and drug use.
Hoover said it may be critical to consider public health strategies that have reduced the harms of other addictive substances, such as banning marketing to children. (ANI)

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