The Signs of Sugar Addiction
Now let’s apply that to sugar addiction. Does anyone ever experience three or more of these for sugar?
Increased Tolerance. You know how some people need two packets of sugar to make something sweet, while someone else may only need half a packet? As we get used to sugars our tastes change, and we tend to want sweeter and sweeter things.
Withdrawal. Ever tried to give up sugar? If so, how did that feel? If not, give it a whirl and you will experience how deeply this substance affects your brain.
Over Use. Are we consuming more sugar today than we have historically? As University of Washington’s Stephan Guyenet tells us, “In 1822, we consumed the amount of sugar in one 12-ounce can of cola every five days. Today we consume that same amount every seven hours.”
Loss of Control. Again, ever tried to give up sugar? If it’s not something we can easily “switch off,” we may no longer be in control.
Exceptional Effort to Obtain. Ever waited in line for way too long or gone way out of your way to obtain a sweet treat?
Over Prioritization. Ever been late to an appointment or meeting so that you could get your hands on something sweet?
Ignoring Negative Consequences. Sugar is to obesity as smoking is to lung cancer. Obesity has been linked to at least:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Birth Defects
- Breast Cancer
- Cancer of the Esophagus
- Colorectal Cancer
- Renal Cell Cancer
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Impaired Respiratory Function
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency
- Daytime Sleepiness
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Gallbladder Disease
- Heart Disorders
- Impaired Immune Response
- Liver Disease
- Low Back Pain
- Obstetric and Gynecologic Complications
- Chronic Pain
- Sleep Apnea
- Surgical Complications
- Urinary Stress Incontinence
Given the horrible negative consequences of excess body fat, could overindulgence in sweet treats be one of the world’s best examples of ignoring negative consequences?