November 1, 2015 – Is leftover Halloween candy haunting you?
Every adult’s worst Halloween nightmare is seeing a gaggle a little ghosts and goblins flock to your neighbors house – and totally skipping yours. Now, a week later, you’ve got a huge stash of leftover candy, and you can’t keep your hands off it. But before you blame a woeful lack of willpower, know this: These treats may have you chemically hooked.
“Nobody’s binging on spinach or broccoli,” says Ashley Gearhardt, PhD, assistant professor in the psychology department at the University of Michigan. As co-creator of Yale University’s Food Addiction Scale, she’s contributing to a growing body of research that puts “food” — or the processed chemicals that pass for food these days — in the same category as drugs of abuse.