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The following was received by me :<br><br><br><br>
p r e s s c u t t i n g Jonathan Leake and Andrew Porter<br><br><br><br>
Sunday Times<br><br><br><br>
Burgers are as addictive as drugs<br><br><br><br>
SCIENTISTS have discovered that high doses of fat and sugar<br><br>
in fast and processed foods can be as addictive as nicotine ù and<br><br>
even hard drugs.<br><br><br><br>
The research found that foods which are high in fat and sugar<br><br>
can cause significant changes in brain biochemistry similar to<br><br>
those from drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Once hooked, the<br><br>
researchers say, many people find it almost impossible to switch<br><br>
back to a healthy diet, often leading to obesity.<br><br><br><br>
The evidence is to be taken up by lawyers preparing<br><br>
multi-million-pound claims from people who allege that their<br><br>
ôaddictionö to fast foods has damaged their health.<br><br><br><br>
They say the new research undermines the claims of companies<br><br>
such as McDonaldÆs and KFC that the decision to eat their<br><br>
products is down to ôpersonal responsibilityö.<br><br><br><br>
The addictive nature of fatty foods has been established by<br><br>
researchers at Rockefeller University in New York who found that<br><br>
regularly eating the products can quickly reconfigure the bodyÆs<br><br>
hormonal system to want yet more fat.<br><br><br><br>
They also found that early exposure to fatty food could<br><br>
influence childrenÆs choices so that they would always seek a<br><br>
similar diet, increasing the likelihood of obesity in later life.<br><br><br><br>
In another study, to be published shortly, Professor Ann<br><br>
Kelley, a neuroscientist, and Matthew Will, of the University of<br><br>
Wisconsin, traced the biochemical changes in the brains of rats<br><br>
fed different diets.<br><br><br><br>
Those given a high-fat diet became hooked and if the fat was<br><br>
taken away, displayed symptoms similar to those of a drug addict<br><br>
deprived of his or her fix. Fat rats also suffered changes in<br><br>
brain development.<br><br><br><br>
ôThe research suggests that a high-fat diet alters brain<br><br>
biochemistry with effects similar to those of powerful opiates<br><br>
such as morphine,ö said Will.<br><br><br><br>
The daily recommended intake of energy for an adult man is<br><br>
about 2,300 calories, of which no more than 35% should come from<br><br>
fat and 11% from added sugars. Women should eat about 1,800<br><br>
calories a day.<br><br><br><br>
However, a meal at a fast food outlet ù burger, chips, drink<br><br>
and dessert ù can deliver almost all of an adult manÆs<br><br>
recommended daily calories in a single sitting. For example, a<br><br>
McDonaldÆs quarter pounder with cheese contains 516 calories. A<br><br>
large portion of french fries adds another 412, and an<br><br>
accompanying large milk shake another 500 calories ù while a<br><br>
chocolate doughnut or dessert gives a further 379.<br><br><br><br>
The total is more than 1,800 calories, most of it coming from<br><br>
fat and sugar. By comparison, a leg of chicken with boiled<br><br>
potatoes and peas plus an apple contain about 800 calories, with<br><br>
a relatively small proportion comprising fat or sugar.<br><br><br><br>
Some nutritionists say that it is unfair to blame just fast<br><br>
food firms for surging obesity when 85% of peopleÆs food comes<br><br>
from supermarkets. Such stores promote processed foods with high<br><br>
levels of fat and sugar, along with snacks such as crisps, ice<br><br>
cream and chocolate, because they offer high profit margins.<br><br><br><br>
Scientists at the food companies NestlT and Unilever have<br><br>
also been investigating how snack foods make people binge eat.<br><br>
ôWe have projects currently running to investi- gate this,ö a<br><br>
spokesman for Nestle said.<br><br><br><br>
A typical snack such as a standard 34 gram packet of crisps<br><br>
can comprise 33% fat, have high levels of salt and provide<br><br>
180-200 calories, more than 10% of a childÆs daily needs. In<br><br>
recent years firms have competed by offering ever larger packets.<br><br><br><br>
The new research will be featured in a BBC2 television<br><br>
programme, Big Mac Under Attack, to be shown on Tuesday. It<br><br>
suggests that high-fat and high-sugar diets can disrupt the<br><br>
delicate hormonal balance that would normally prompt people to<br><br>
stop eating.<br><br><br><br>
John F Banzhaf III, professor of law at the George Washington<br><br>
University law school and who led AmericaÆs anti- tobacco<br><br>
litigation, said that the findings left companies selling food<br><br>
high in fat and sugar ôdeeply vulnerableö. He has written to six<br><br>
of the worldÆs largest fast food companies warning them of<br><br>
ôMost of these companies sell this food without any<br><br>
nutritional information, labelling or warnings. A product that is<br><br>
both dangerous and addictive is very difficult to defend,ö said<br><br>
Professor Gary Slapper, director of the Open University law<br><br>
programme, said he believed that the first British legal actions<br><br>
over obesity were imminent. ôThere is an obligation to make risks<br><br>
clear to consumers and failure to do so makes food companies<br><br>
liable,ö he said.<br><br><br><br>
In France, fears of a consumer backlash have prompted<br><br>
McDonaldÆs to publish nutritional advice that inactive children<br><br>
should not eat its meals more than once a week.<br><br><br><br>
---------------- Sunday Times Leader: Hooked on hamburgers<br><br><br><br>
As every clothing manufacturer knows, there is large,<br><br>
extra-large and American obese. Visitors to the United States,<br><br>
expecting the finely honed bodies of the Hollywood image, are<br><br>
more usually confronted with a monstrous army of fatties. More<br><br>
than half of adult Americans are overweight and a quarter are<br><br>
obese. American airlines, tired of trying to squeeze enormous<br><br>
bottoms into ordinary seats, have taken to charging obese<br><br>
customers for two seats. It would be easy to laugh, except<br><br>
Britain appears to be going the same way. Our couch potatoes are<br><br>
developing a special relationship with their American<br><br>
counterparts. Obesity costs the National Health Service several<br><br>
billion pounds a year.<br><br><br><br>
Now it seems that the fatties have an excuse and it is one<br><br>
that could rebound badly on the fast food industry. New research<br><br>
suggests that the fat and sugar in fast food are as dangerously<br><br>
addictive as tobacco or some drugs. Foods that are high in fat<br><br>
and sugar lead to changes in the brainÆs biochemistry. This means<br><br>
that once you are hooked it is almost impossible to give up.<br><br>
Millions of people seemingly wake up each morning craving fixes<br><br>
of Big Macs or Colonel SandersÆs finger lickinÆ chicken. Like all<br><br>
addictions it can never be properly satisfied.<br><br><br><br>
For the fast food firms, this comes at a bad time. McDonaldÆs<br><br>
has closed more than 700 outlets and announced its first<br><br>
quarterly loss this year. One suggestion was that it was being<br><br>
boycotted by international customers angry with America over<br><br>
Iraq. More likely, people have got fed up with fattening food.<br><br><br><br>
All this has made our learned friends excited at the prospect<br><br>
of some fat fees. McDonaldÆs, which has started to introduce<br><br>
healthier foods, is no stranger to litigation. There was the case<br><br>
of the $3m awarded to a customer scalded by hot coffee, and its<br><br>
action against two environmentalists in London which resulted in<br><br>
the longest-running libel case. So far it is ahead; in January, a<br><br>
New York judge threw out a case by teenagers claiming that<br><br>
McDonaldÆs had caused their obesity. But more actions are likely<br><br>
to follow. Fat is becoming a serious legal issue.<br><br><br><br>
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I think it´s the work of triglycerides. If the level of triglycerides drop, a craving for fatty foods starts. I believe too, that fatty foods like burgers are addictive.

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
I think that if you look what's in the food people like, you'll find that the main ingredients are sugar and fat.

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whenever i eat a yummy vegan brownie i don't want anything but chocolate for hours. this article reminds me of going veg and how hard it was in the beginning (withdrawl from the drugs).

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Could you link to the original article. This is something my coworkers would be interested in. (and they are scientists, so I need something credible)

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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
I did a search on google for<br><br><br><br>
"Rockefeller University" within results "fatty foods" gave:<br><br><br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br><br>
I can't find the other research, it gave too many results.

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I just found another link:<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a>

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"Burgers are as addictive as drugs"<br><br>
I agree ..... I've had 4 Yves veggie burgers within the last 2 days<br><br><br><br>

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I just had the portabello mushroom one. I grilled it in my flat pan with some imported olive oil. I grilled a red onion, green pepper, and marinated mushroom pieces next to it. I had it with some marinara sauce and a side of angel hair pasta. Magnifico!

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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
I wonder how long it will take before some one sues McD for making them an addict without warning them.<br><br><br><br>
I guess there will have to be a text printed on the boxes.<br><br><br><br>
"hamburgers can be addictive etc...."<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">

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The whole fat people VS mcdonalds thingy is silly to me. Everyone is aware that mcdonalds is junk food. Everyone is aware that eating junk food day in day out is not good for you.<br><br><br><br>
It is time that people took charge of their own bodies, and if they harm their own body, they should not seek to pass ownership of the blame onto someone else, so they may seek money. I have accepted that I've buggered up my teeth. My dentist has said that they're awful, and I'd agree. However, I won't sue the coca cola company or any other junk food manufacturers over damages to my teeth, because it's not their fault that I have bad teeth, it's mine.

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I agree Loki, people do need to take responsiblity for their own choices.<br><br><br><br>
i also believe that people really believe if they are allowed to sell it, then it must be ok to eat.. generally by the time someone has become aware that is probably not a good idea to eat fast food etc.. they are already in the pattern of doing it and patterns are hard to change. people want to assume that someone is watching out for them, while they still believe we should have the freedoms to market anything we want because censorship is deemed as bad. this type of thinking puts us in a situation of wanting to be allowed to do as we please with the false thinking we are being protected.<br><br><br><br>
i think people should be told the truth. if they sell a product that is bad for the body it should have a warning label.. imagine all the products that would require a warning label!
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