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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.

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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