An Examination of the Validity of “Food Addiction”
Monday, January 25, 2016
Ashley N. Gearhardt
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Michigan
Highly palatable, highly processed foods are widely accessible, affordable, and available in large portion sizes. Could these foods also be addictive? A growing body of evidence suggests that certain foods may be capable of triggering an addictive process, especially in vulnerable individuals. The current talk will review the evidence for “food addiction” and will highlight questions that need to be investigated to further evaluate the role of an addictive process in problematic eating.