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Addiction

As Sports Fans, Let’s Look at Performance-Enhancing Drugs

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI, recently published a review discussing drug abuse in athletes. Drug abuse occurs in almost all sports and at most levels of teen and adult competition. Doping, defined as use of drugs or other substances for performance enhancement, has become an important topic in sports.
Athletic life may lead to drug abuse for many reasons. Often first experimented with in high school or college for performance...
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Addiction

Research Results on Food Addiction

Research Results on Food Addiction

Recent evidence suggests that palatable, high-calorie foods, think comfort foods like mac & cheese or burgers with fries or steaks cut half the size of your head, may have an addictive potential that can contribute to overeating. Impulsivity, obesity and overconsumption of such foods have been associated with addiction-like eating behavior. (I say addiction-like, because as of present, food addiction is not fully recognized as an addiction by treatment professionals.)

Current data demonstrates that impulsivity is a trait that...
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