The science is not clear on whether food can be an addiction, but for those struggling to control the cravings, it can feel like one.
As with substance abuse, the science on how best to treat eating disorders can be murky. Talk therapy and peer support groups have long been thought of as effective options. But unlike with alcoholism or narcotics addiction, there is no consensus that addictive overeating is a true medical condition. That can often leave those who struggle with it especially isolated. (Kasulis, 7/8)
Be it SpongeBob SquarePants or Tony the Tiger, food companies have long used cartoon characters to market their products to children. But that tactic can also sway younger kids to eat fresh vegetables, according to a new study. Sammy Spinach, Oliver Onion, Colby Carrot, Suzy Sweet Pea and a slew of cartoon vegetable characters with superpowers were developed as puppets by a nonprofit organization called Super Sprowtz. (Chatterjee, 7/7).