Both reward-seeking and compulsive behavior may involve dopamine.
When the body becomes resistant to leptin, it can lead to overeating and obesity.
Using food to cope with emotions can lead to addiction-like behaviors.
Consuming too much sugar can cause changes in the brain that lead to addiction.
Some people may be more prone to food addiction due to genetic factors.
Social and environmental cues can trigger cravings and lead to overeating.
Quitting certain foods can lead to withdrawal symptoms similar to drug addiction.
Chronic stress can lead to changes in the brain that promote addictive behavior.
Highly processed foods can be engineered to be "hyperpalatable" and trigger addiction-like behaviors.