Should We Really Call It "Food Addiction"?

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In her Neurotic Physiology blog, Scicurious takes a long, hard look at overeating and obesity. She questions the idea of food addiction and how it matches up with ideas of substance addition, all from her scientific viewpoint. She suggests:

... we are dealing with a small portion of the obese population. The vast majority of overweight or obese people do not binge eat, or even eat that much more than normal weight counterparts.

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Health Food? by Colros (Flickr).

The increased availability of food, decreases in physical activity, and other environmental influences are more than enough to create excess weight without addiction-style eating. When we talk about people who are exhibiting food addiction-like behavior, we are generally talking about people specifically who binge eat.

Read the rest of her post at Neurotic Physiology here.

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