Hold the horses – Eating addiction blamed for Obesity

Nigel Latta is simply brilliant. He’s managed to hoe into $1.6m of NZ On Air funding to produce TV shows including his most recent hit series ‘The Hard Stuff with Nigel Latta’.

For the most part, he ends his shows by wondering how can this sort of thing can happen in New Zealand and then bashes up on the Government. It’s a ratings winner.

But all this debate on obesity and saying it’s not our fault may have just hit a slight snag.

I’ve come across an article in the UK’s Guardian has the grand title ‘Eating, not sugar, is addictive’.   

This new study, from the University of Edinburgh, says being overweight is because of an eating addiction. Simply put, these academics say;

“the real problem underlying our unhealthy food consumption is the psychological compulsion to eat because of the pleasure and satisfaction we get from food”


“people try to find rational explanations for being over-weight and it is easy to blame food. Certain individuals do have an addictive-like relationship with particular foods and they can over-eat despite knowing the risks to their health”

These researchers then go on to say that

“obesity prevention strategies should focus on “eating addiction” and that it should be considered as a psychological disorder for inclusion in the next edition of the US psychiatric bible – the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of mental disorders as a “non-substance related disorder.”

Now for my good friends at Otago and Auckland Universities, especially Doug Sellman, fill your boots on the paper which is published in the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Review.

Here’s the paper’s highlights for those that can’t be bothered to read the whole paper.


Can’t wait to see the howls of outrage by the likes of my good friend Professor Doug Sellman.

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