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July Is Nutrition Month! How Fastfood Changes Your Brain (And What You Can Do About It)

<em>FHM</em> helps you overcome your junk food addiction with these healthier (but yummier) comfort foods!&nbsp;
by Cia Juan | Jul 8, 2014
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Hey guys, did you know that junk foods activate the same areas of the brain that light up when you do drugs (or yosi and alcohol)? That’s why we have such intense, regular craving for French fries, deep-fried chicken skin, apple pie, caramel sundae (are you salivating right now?), etc.

They feel good, all right, but they give you a big belly and put all your #BalikAlindog efforts to waste!

That’s why this 39th National Nutrition Month, we act as your support group as you try to overcome your junk food addiction. Take note: One in four Pinoy adults is either overweight or obese, according to a 2010 study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. So, where to start?

First, understand how your brain gets rewired when you eat junk food:

“No one chooses obesity. Obesity chooses them. You think anyone goes out and says, ‘You know I think I’ll go out and be obese today!?' There is physiology, there is biochemistry underlying every single behavior,” says Endocrinologist Robert Lustig in this short video:

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So are you a junk food addict? Here are eight common symptoms from the Authority Nutrition:  

  • You frequently get cravings for certain foods, despite feeling full and having just finished a nutritious meal

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  • When you give in and start eating a food you were craving, you often find yourself eating much more than you intended to

  • You often hide your consumption of unhealthy foods from others

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  • When you eat a food you were craving, you sometimes eat to the point of feeling excessively “stuffed” 

  • You often feel guilty after eating particular foods, yet find yourself eating them again soon after

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  •  You sometimes make excuses in your head about why you should eat something that you are craving 

  • You have repeatedly tried to quit eating or setting rules (includes cheat meals/days) about certain foods, but have been unsuccessful

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  • You feel unable to control your consumption of unhealthy foods, despite knowing that they are causing you physical harm (includes weight gain)   

If you can relate to four to five of these, then you probably do have a serious problem with food! If you can relate to six or more, then you are most likely a food addict!

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