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Are people addicted to food obese?

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Scientists believe that food addiction may play an important role in obesity. But normal-weight people may also struggle with food addiction. Their bodies may simply be genetically programmed to better handle the extra calories they take in. Or they may become more active to offset the overeating.

From: Food Addiction WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Meule, A. , Nov. 3, 2011. Frontiers in Psychiatry

Volkow, N. , January 2011. Trends in Cognitive Science

Gearhardt, A. , August 2011. Archives of General Psychiatry

Rudd Center for Food Science and Policy, Yale University: "Yale Food Addiction Scale." 

Rudd Center for Food Science and Policy, Yale University: "Food and Addiction."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 3, 2018

SOURCES:

Meule, A. , Nov. 3, 2011. Frontiers in Psychiatry

Volkow, N. , January 2011. Trends in Cognitive Science

Gearhardt, A. , August 2011. Archives of General Psychiatry

Rudd Center for Food Science and Policy, Yale University: "Yale Food Addiction Scale." 

Rudd Center for Food Science and Policy, Yale University: "Food and Addiction."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 3, 2018

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