A new study finds that food acts like a drug for some people.
Researchers at Yale University conducted food addiction surveys with 50 women, and had them undergo brain scans while tempting them with a chocolate shake or tasteless food.
They found areas of the brain linked to substance abuse were activated among women whose scored high on the food addiction survey, particularly when they were anticipating the milkshake, according to NBC4i.com.
The scientists discovered a correlation between food addiction and greater activity in the amygdala, medial orbitofrontal cortex and the anterior cingulated cortex when tasty food delivery was known to arrive soon.
Those with high food addiction, the fifteen women, showed greater activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex compared to those with low addiction to foods.
They also had reduced activity in the lateral orbitofrontal cortex while they were eating their nice food Medical News Today reports.