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What is compulsive overeating?

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Compulsive overeating is a type of behavioral addiction, meaning that someone can become preoccupied with a behavior (such as eating, or gambling, or shopping) that triggers intense pleasure.

The reward signals from certain types of foods may override other signals of fullness and satisfaction. As a result, people keep eating, even when they're not hungry.

People with food addictions lose control over their eating behavior. They may also develop a kind of tolerance to food, eating more and more, only to find that food satisfies them less and less.

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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 Jennifer Casarella on July 17, 2020

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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 Jennifer Casarella on July 17, 2020

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