People At High Risk Of Alcoholism Also Have More Chances To Suffer From Obesity – Part 2 of 3
In their analysis of the data from both surveys, the researchers found that the link between family history of alcoholism and portliness has grown stronger over time. This may be due to the increasing availability of foods that interact with the same brain areas as alcohol.
And “Much of what we eat nowadays contains more calories than the food we ate in the 1970s and 1980s, but it also contains the sorts of calories – explicitly a combination of sugar, salt and fat – that appeal to what are commonly called the reward centers in the brain,” Grucza, explained in a university communication release. “Alcohol and drugs affect those same parts of the brain, and our thinking was that because the same brain structures are being stimulated, overconsumption of those foods might be greater in people with a predisposition to addiction”. The study is published in the December young of the journal Archives of General Psychiatry.