We all know it's damn hard to put that box of thin mints down sometimes, but is it possible to be genuinely addicted to food?
While the notion of food addiction has been the subject of recent debate, new research suggests that powerful food cravings could actually be "hard-wired" into the brains of some overweight or obese people, according to a report by CBS News. Specifically, a study conducted by an international group of researchers found that food cravings resulted in different brain activity between obese people and average-weight people.
As part of the study, researchers served buffet-style food to several participants -- 39 obese people and 42 average-weight people. After eating, the participants were shown pictures of food to stimulate cravings, while scientists measured their brain activity with MRI brain scanners. The researchers found that the obese participants had more activity in the areas of the brain that control rewards-based behavior and the processing of the "energetic value of foods" than the average-weight participants, according to a summary of the study.