This is Your Brain. This is Your Brain on Truffles.

My favorite news item of the week: Swiss researches have discovered a new psychological disorder which they've called "Gourmand Syndrome." Turns out that people who are passionately obsessed with food actually have lesions in their right anterior cerebral hemisphere -- lesions which do not appear in people who are not food obsessed. Those of us who suffer from Gourmand Syndrome exhibit "a preoccupation with food and a preference for fine eating" and may suffer from other, related "impulse control disorders."  


Unfortunately the study didn't answer many of the questions I had. For instance: 

  • Did eating too much artisanal chocolate and pheasant pie cause the lesions, or did the lesions appear prior to the craving for foie gras? 
  • Also, do poor people have the lesions too? And if so,  is there a correlation between crime statistics and local availability of caviar?
  • Does this mean I can go ahead and order that bottle of Chateau d'Yquem?
  • Where do I apply for my disability check?


We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send: