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Food addiction -- it's real

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Could a cookie be just as crippling as crack cocaine? If you're a food addict it could be.

The idea that overweight people are physically hooked to food is controversial -- but now a new study is showing that like drugs and alcohol some people just can't say no.

Dr. Robert Lutsig and researchers from UCSF are looking at how processed foods trigger dopamine receptors in the brain that cause the body to become physically addicted.

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