We all know chocolate can be addictive, but recent research has exposed just how severely we can become hooked on the substance. A group of researchers in an American College put to the test the effects Oreo biscuits had on the brain in comparison to the effect Cocaine had on the brain. To much surprise, it was actually revealed that Oreos activated ‘significantly more neurones’ in the brain than Cocaine did, concluding that high fat and high sugar foods can be extremely addictive, to a similar degree that drugs can be.[i]
As we all know, addiction can be dangerous. Our body begins to rely on the substance at hand, and we end up consuming it super regularly and gradually tend to need more and more of it in order to get the same consequences. Chocolate and sugars work exactly like that – it tastes great, so we eat it and we eat some more and our body becomes reliant and hooked on it.
Knowing this fact, as I’m sure many sweet and chocolate-producing manufacturers do, what have we as a society chosen to do about it? Educating young people on the health risks in the same way we do drugs or cigarettes – both addictive substances? Quite the opposite actually – sweet packets have gotten bigger, chocolate bars have doubled in their sizes; everything seems to have gotten larger AND cheaper, while young people remain in the dark about what is going on in their bodies.
The result? Obesity rates are soaring – in young people especially. Buying packs and packs of sugary snacks are part of every families weekly supermarket shop. Kids now bring 3 chocolate bars to school instead of one.
Packing the shelves full of these addictive substances has had a HUGE affect on our health and generation in general, but considering the downward spiral of the quality of our food and how much money these companies are making out of selling all of this sugary produce; who do you think is going to be the ones to put their foot’s down and say enough is enough?
It certainly won’t be them, so the only other alternative is US.
We are the buyers and the consumers. It’s about time young people weren’t just victim to what’s going on around them without any say in their futures and health. We have to decide what kind of state we are willing to live in for the next 50, 60 or 70 years, because the choices we make now are setting the foundation for the choices we will make for decades to come. Overeat and over indulge in sugary foods now and we become addicted – this addiction may well last the rest of our life, and I know for me I certainly don’t want to be 50 years old and realise I still binge ate like I did at age 13 or 14.
The choice is totally 100% ours.
All of the blogs on From Our Eyes have been written by young people. They are about the kind of issues and problems teenagers face on a constant basis, as well as worldwide epidemics that not only youth, but EVERYONE experiences day to day.