NIDA director Nora Volkow, M.D. at TedMed

Obesity and Drug Addiction: The Brain Connection TedMed Talk by NIDA Director

January 29, 2015  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Many tasty foods trigger a burst of the brain chemical called dopamine in the brain’s reward circuit that is similar to what some drugs produce. Over time, the reward circuit can get less sensitive to the dopamine—it needs the constant dopamine surge from fattening food.  Read More »

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Man in a virtual world

Virtual Reality and Drug Abuse Treatment

January 22, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

Do you or your friends play video games? Many video games create a virtual reality, a world that only exists on a computer, made up of vivid images and engrossing stories. Read More »

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Diet pills on a plate with a measuring tape

Thin at any Cost?

April 11, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

You only need to stand in a supermarket checkout line to realize our society is obsessed with how people look. Magazine headlines scream, “Guess Who!” next to a picture of a flabby stomach. Or they praise “So-and-So’s Awesome Post-Baby Body!” Read More »

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HBO's "The Weight of the Nation": Obesity on the Brain

May 30, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

SBB has talked a lot about how drug addiction is a complicated brain disease. But it’s not the only one. Read More »

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French fries

Addicted to French Fries: Is Food a Drug?

April 03, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

According to the American Heart Association, about one in three kids and teens in the United States is overweight or obese. Read More »

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