A story that ties together the food and addiction theme we’re talking about today. This one started on Oprah. An overweight woman named Sarah choked back tears as she described her complete lack of control around eating, even when she wasn’t hungry. David Kessler – the former head of the food and drug administration - watched, engrossed. The Harvard-trained doctor, lawyer, and med school dean recognized his own private struggle with food…he wondered why people who successfully manage other aspects of their lives lose all willpower around a box of Entemann’s chocolate doughnuts.
Dr. Kessler decided to look not at how our stomach processes food but how our brain’s react to certain stimulus tied to what we eat. His theory is that salty, fatty foods trigger chemicals in our brain that make us crave more, and he says major food companies know exactly which chemicals keep consumers coming back for more. He detailed this theory in his book, the end of overeating: taking control of the insatiable American appetite. It’s now out in paperback. I spoke to dr. Kessler when the book was first released.