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Patients who happen to have a strong history of alcoholism in the family are more prone to develop obesity compared to patients with no family history of alcoholism at all, according to a study published by the Archives of General Psychiatry published just last month.

According to the researchers of this study, the brain part responsible for alcoholism is also the same brain location responsible for junk food cravings. Therefore, patients who decide to leave behind their alcoholic practices usually end up being regular junk food eaters.

As mentioned in this study, women who have a very strong history of alcoholism within the family have a forty-nine percent chance of developing obesity compared to patients with no family of alcoholism. This obesity prevalence is almost the same in men in this study.

Alcoholism and gratification through eating may have a strong direct relationship that results in the rising trend of obesity in the United States. As a result, drug manufacturers are now focusing their attention to this possible relationship between alcoholism and overeating as the missing link that may lead to the development of a weight loss medication that is truly effective in getting rid of most people’s extra weight. In fact, late last year, Contrave, a new generation of weight loss medication, started its petition for FDA approval. This drug aims to overcome obesity by using this alcoholism-obesity link principle.  However, further clinical observations are still needed before FDA can give its green light for this medication.

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