The role of food addiction in clinical research

Ashley N. Gearhardt, William Corbin

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Recent research has uncovered neurobiological and behavioral similarities between substance dependence and excess consumptionof highly processed foods. These findings have led to the theory that food addiction may play a role in obesity and disorderedeating. The inclusion of validated food addiction measures in clinical research, such as the Yale Food Addiction Scale, will add to theunderstanding of the clinical utility of this concept. Further exploring the food-addiction construct may also lead to a better clinical understandingof obesity and eating disorders and suggest future avenues for more effectively treating these problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1140-1142
Number of pages3
JournalCurrent Pharmaceutical Design
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2011


  • Binge eating disorder
  • Food addiction
  • Obesity
  • Substance dependence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery


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