The Negative Theory Of Obesity

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Often there is more to many situations then what can be seen even ones as cut and dry as weight. A major trending topic is obesity with many people split on two different sides of the topic. One side claims obesity is completely due to a lack of will-power, and people just need to put down the fork, eat healthier, and exercise, while the other side claims it is a disease or a medical condition and should be treated as such. In some way, both camps are right, but there is more to eating then just hunger and satiety. The brain has a powerful role in the need to eat and feel full, and there are several theories that suggest that defects, rather than just a lack of will power, in the system that controls how a person feels before, during and after …show more content…
This view is one of the more challenged of the views due to the difficulty in proving addiction to food. The addiction has many similarities but is different than the dynamic theory, as the dynamic theory found a reduction in the amount of dopamine and receptors. The reward of food in the hyper-response was also not limited to high fat, salt or sugar. In the addiction model, the types of food chosen by the individuals were typically high in fat, salt, or sugar and typically were processed foods. The theory is that in certain individuals the higher levels of fat, sugar, or salt in these particular types of food creates an addiction in certain people (Ziauddeen, Farooqi, & Fletcher, 2012). The addiction model claims that studies have shown that people who are addicted to food have a tendency to have symptoms of withdraws similar to those seen in people who are addicted to drugs. However it is important to point out that the addiction model has some critics who feel it is too difficult in a modern society to label an individual as a food addict due to the easy availability of food. Another issue is that food, unlike drugs, are necessary for life, a person who is able to get away from a drug addiction can, in theory, fully keep themselves away from the drug, reducing the urge, and temptation, to use it, while a person with a food addiction has to be able to control their urge for food while being surrounded by food in a modern society. This makes it difficult to see if it is the ease of availability or an actual addiction that is responsible for people overeating certain foods (Ziauddeen et al, 2012). What makes food addiction difficult to classify is that many of the criteria that is associated with other forms of addiction such as drugs and alcohol cannot be applied to food addiction. This results in a need to find another

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