In recent time it is a growing craze amongst the modern day millennial regarding junk-food. In contrast a study conducted by the journal named Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience suggested that the modern generation was capable of putting a stop to these habits quite easily.
A well-known professor of the famed University of Sydney, Laura Corbit, along with her team tried to study the reason behind unhealthy eating habits of most people. They also conducted studies to find out whether food cues like the billboards along with television commercials, drastically influence our decision regarding what, how and where to eat.
Also to find out some of the most useful techniques to fight against various obesity and metabolism related diseases, they conducted various experiment on lab rats by feeding them jelly snakes, chow, pringles and also oreos. The experiments suggested that in scenarios where high-sugar treats as well as tasty high-fat food were consumed in a regular manner induced a large amount of habitual control. As a result of this the rats lost their ability to take better nutritional choices which was based on the nutrient value present in the food. But during the study it was also observed that the rats were brought out of this state of mind quite easily.
For most people, the habitual behaviors with regards to food explains that most of their eating habits are not dictated by the efforts of weight reduction or not concerned with health related issues. Rather they are determined by most of the external food cues which shape as well as determine the eating habits. In a world where the McDonalds billboards are present in almost every street, food habits are generally filled with high sugar, high fat and cheap food.
The first experiment which was conducted by the group of researchers suggested that junk-food environment was responsible for the rats to show a more habitual kind of behavior as compared to the bland chow environment.
But the question is can this habitual behavior be reversed?
In the second experiment, all the various rats were made to undergo the same process as the first experiment. But in this case the difference was in the fact that whenever the rants were placed in environment of bland chow or junk food distinct sound cues were played. These actions created a very specific environmental cuewhich was related to the different types of food. The research proved that the different cues which were played in the context of bland chow improved sensitivity for the devaluation of the food, when again the rats were put in the environment of junk food after they were fed.
The sound cues were the only thing which was required along with the bland food to make the rate move out of their habitual mode of behavior into the volitional frame of mind which is generally associated with them. For preventing various metabolism and obesity related health issues we humans can create our very own preventive cues which will us out of our bad food habits and promote a healthy diet.