Have you ever noticed that after eating a meal at a fast food restaurant, you feel hungry a few hours later? Why is that? Are you just plain hungry or is there something in the food that is causing this hunger? If you haven't had the chance to watch the movie, "Super Size Me", click here and watch it now for free!
"Super Size Me" is one man's journey into the world of weight gain, health problems and fast food. It's an examination of the American way of life and how we are eating ourselves to death. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock unravels the American obesity epidemic by interviewing experts nationwide and by subjecting himself to a 'McDonald's only' diet for thirty days straight. His Sundance award-winning feature is as entertaining as it horrifying as it dives into corporate responsibility, nutritional education, school lunch programs and how we as a nation are eating ourselves to death.
Before you start to roll your eyes at this video, I understand that no one would eat all of their meals from McDonald's for a month. It's a little extreme. I know that. But, I was fascinated by the chemical effect this diet had on his brain. When he got depressed, he ate another junk food meal and felt better immediately. Wow.
McDonald's calls the people who eat there once a week, "Heavy Users." 72% of the people who eat at McDonald's are heavy users. "Super Heavy Users" eat there 3-5 times a week. 22% of the people who eat there are super heavy users!
I recently heard a registered dietitian say that people do not get addicted to food, they just get hungry. She said that we can have an "The latest figures show 4 million Australians — or 26% of the adult population — are now obese compared to an estimated 25% of Americans. A further 5 million Australians are considered overweight. Here are a few videos that talk about the chemical effects behind food addictions. The first one talks mainly about the addictive power of fast food.
FAST FOOD ADDICTION
This second video talks about the chemistry behind our addictions to food
WEIGHT LOSS: IS IT ALL IN YOUR HEAD?
This third video features Dr. Vincent Bellonzi as he talks about how junk food and fast food has an adverse effect on your health.
THE TRUTH ABOUT JUNK FOOD AND FAST FOOD, CLINICAL NUTRITION
Here are a few articles to read concerning the chemically addictive qualities of junk food.
The Bio science Behind Tackling Obesity
Obesity: Causes, Mechanisms, Prevention, and Treatment
Notice how chapter four in the above book is about the role of addiction in obesity
Burgers on the Brain: Can You Really Get Addicted to Fast Food? What constitutes an Addiction?
Leptin: Your Brain, Appetite and Obesity
For more information on fast food, obesity and addictions, click on the links below