Science Questions

Sun, 9th Jan 2005

Part of the show Addiction & Anti-Nicotine Vaccines

Question

Trevor asked:

In the Western world we seem more addicted to food than anything else. Cigarettes seem to suppress hunger, and this appears to be a big attraction, especially for young women.

Answer

Indeed, there's quite a lot of evidence that high fat foods have effects on some of the same brain systems as certain addictive drugs. It is also true that cigarettes are anorexic agents - not that long ago cigarettes were prescribed to reduce appetite and assist in weight loss.

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