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The concept of “food addiction” helps inform the understanding of overeating and obesity: NO

1 month ago   |   By American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

ABSTRACTOvereating is a complex behavioral phenotype in terms of both physiology and psychology. The mere transference of the diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders to define food addiction is too simplistic, for the following reasons: 1) a range of somatic and mental disorders require exclusion; 2) food addiction requires distinction from the physiological need to ingest sufficient calories to maintain a high body weight; 3) intentional weight loss can induce an eating behavior mimicking food addiction; 4) the concept lacks validation, especially in light of the high prevalence...
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The concept of “food addiction” helps inform the understanding of overeating and obesity: YES

1 month ago   |   By American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

ABSTRACTAddictive substances such as opiates and other drugs are highly reinforcing and some individuals consume them compulsively. Highly processed foods have unnaturally high concentrations of refined carbohydrates and fat. These foods are highly reinforcing and some individuals consume them compulsively. HP foods, like addictive substances, are more effective in activating reward-related neural systems than minimally processed foods. More importantly, HP foods are associated with the behavioral indicators of addiction: diminished control over consumption, strong craving, continued use...
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The concept of “food addiction” helps inform the understanding of overeating and obesity: Debate Consensus

1 month ago   |   By American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

ABSTRACTThere is an ongoing scientific debate about whether unhealthy, highly processed foods are addictive and whether this contributes to overeating and obesity. Through this debate series, we identified numerous points of consensus, including that 1) addictive-like eating exists, 2) mechanisms implicated in substance-related and addictive disorders contribute to overeating and obesity, and 3) food industry practices are also a key contributor to this phenomenon. We also agree that obesity, a multifaceted condition, is not synonymous with addictive-like eating and that further research...
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