How does food addiction affect the body?

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Brain studies performed on obese individuals show that their brains are not as sensitive to dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of pleasure. Because of this decrease in sensitivity, food addicts need to consume greater amounts of food to get the same feeling of pleasure from the dopamine released during eating. Increased dopamine levels in the brain may result in food addiction.

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