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Am J Addict. 2009 Nov-Dec;18(6):439-51. doi: 10.3109/10550490903205579.

Obesity and its relationship to addictions: is overeating a form of addictive behavior?

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University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut 06030-3944, USA. barry@psychiatry.uchc.edu

Abstract

Obesity is a major public health problem and notoriously difficult to treat. There are many parallels between obesity/overeating and addictions to alcohol and drugs. This paper discusses similarities between obesity and addictive disorders, including common personality characteristics, disruptive behavior syndromes, and brain mechanisms. Although there are important differences between overeating and other addictive behaviors, an addiction model of overeating may effectively inform prevention and treatment of obesity.

PMID:
19874165
PMCID:
PMC2910406
DOI:
10.3109/10550490903205579
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