12 July 2011

'Food addiction' for real

New clinical research suggests that, in a subset of people, clinical symptoms of food addiction are similar to symptoms of drug addiction.

People can become dependent on highly palatable foods and engage in a compulsive pattern of consumption, similar to the behaviours in those with drug addiction and alcoholism, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour (SSIB).

"These findings advance our search for clinically relevant subtypes of obesity that may possess different biological and psychological vulnerabilities to environmental risk factors. This type of information will help us develop personalised treatment approaches for those who struggle with overeating and escalating weight gain." - (EurekAlert!, July 2011)


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