Is food addiction related to the obesity epidemic?

Researchers from the University of Cambridge, UK have investigated if there is any evidence to support the claimed link between food addiction and obesity. They reviewed five key areas of evidence (including the overlap between obesity and drug addiction and genetic susceptibilities) and found that there is not enough evidence at the moment to support a direct link between food addiction and obesity.

The authors also suggest that the current ‘food addiction model’, which covers two main theories*, has limitations but if properly addressed could be potentially useful for understanding and treating obesity.

*The first is that certain foods (the focus of which has been mainly on processed foods) may be addictive and secondly the idea that food addiction consists of a set of behaviours which are found in a select group of obese people.

Posted: 17/04/2013 10:22:08 by Emily Kelleher


 

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