Have you ever felt that you couldn’t control a a strong drive to eat something? Are you one of those people that have to fight against themselves in order to avoid buying certain products on display at the supermarket? Do you often find yourself visiting your refrigerator, at late hours (while everybody is fast asleep), hoping, wishing and keeping fingers crossed that there is still, half a jar of chocolate spread left?
If you identify with these situations, you could be suffering from the effects of a behavioural addiction called food addiction. This addiction is characterised by a compulsive consumption of high fat and sugary foods that activate the reward system in humans, making them want more and more of the same thing. This doesn’t happen to be a coincidence as the food industry is well aware of this, and consequently, creates food that will be highly palatable for the great majority, despite the adverse consequences that this has on people’s health.
Here you have a listening activity from The National CBC News programme.
It’s Christmas time and many of the UK’s chain stores create the most incredible advertisements on pets, children and families. The advertisment that we have here, is about a cat called Mog. Mog is the main character in a series of children’s books written by Judith Kerr and that somehow always manages to get into different conundrums.
This is a little listening activity based on Sainsbury’s Christmas Advert 2015, for some practice and, why not? help you get into the Christmas spirit.
Are you interested in sport? Do you do any particular form of sport? What type of sport do you like doing? Maybe you’re a bit of a couch potato and you prefer watching your favourite team on TV instead of going out into the fresh air like some of my sporty friends; who never worry about what the weather will be like and crave to put on their trainers as soon as the weekend arrives. Others however, prefer to enjoy sport in a much different way, for instance by, supporting their favourite team and never missing any of the matches. Do you support a team? Which team? Have you ever dreamed of becoming a famous sportsperson? What do you think it takes to become very good in a sport?