Glossary

1. FOOD ADDICTION:

Most commonly, fat-rich food can trigger chemical reactions in the brain that induce feelings of pleasure and satisfaction.  This reaction has been explained as comparable to an addicts response to their substance of choice, as it activates the same brain reward center.

2. OBESITY:

Condition where a person has accumulated so much body fat that it might have a negative effect on their health.

3. HEALTH:

State of complete physical, mental, and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Health is a dynamic condition resulting from a body’s constant adjustment and adaptation in response to stresses and changes in the environment for maintaining an inner equilibrium called homeostasis.

4. NUTRITION

What is Nutrition? Simply said, Nutrition is the study of food at work in our bodies, our source for energy, and the medium for which our nutrients can function.

5. JUNK FOOD

Junk food is a pejorative term for cheap food containing high levels of calories from sugar or fat with little fiber, protein, vitamins or minerals.

6. FAT

Fat is the major storage form of energy in the body. It also has many other important functions in the body, and a moderate amount is needed in the diet for good health. Too much fat or too much of the wrong type of fat can be unhealthy.

7. ADDICTIVE

Causing or likely to cause someone to become addicted to it.

8. EATING DISORDER

Illnesses that are characterized by irregular eating habits and severe distress or concern about body weight or shape. Eating disturbances may include inadequate or excessive food intake which can ultimately damage an individual’s well-being.

9. TREATMENT

The application of medicines, surgery, psychotherapy to a patient or to a disease or symptom.

10. DOPAMINE

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. It’s the substance the brain generates and it’s the main reason we can get addicted to something.

 

 

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