According to a Queensland University of Technology study, drugs used to treat nicotine addiction can also be used to treat addiction to sugar. Sugar acts on the brain in a similar way to drugs, and so FDA approved addiction medication, like Champix, actually reduces cravings for sugar. The researchers also found the same effects when using artificial sweeteners, suggesting that the sugar epidemic isn't caused purely by sugar, but sweetened foods in general. The research concludes that further research is required, although the same medications used to treat addiction to drugs could also be used to tackle the obesity epidemic.
It's interesting to think about how sugar and drugs have a similar effect to the brain, especially moving from the nutrition unit to the drugs unit. Sugar doesn't seem to be really treated as a highly addictive substance, although it very well might be.
Do you think sugar should be treated as a drug?
Should someone currently obese or at risk of being so be prescribed anti-addiction medication?
Do you think anti-addiction medication is necessary to help reduce obesity rates in the US?