Food addiction is closely associated with eating disorders, including obesity, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Consuming food triggers chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine, that act as a reward and give pleasurable sensations to the individual. These chemicals can also act as a release from emotional distress. It is estimated that around 35 percent of adults in the United States are obese. However, people who are obese equate to only about one third of those with a food addiction, even though food addiction is sometimes associated with weight gain.
- Track 1-1 What is Food Addiction?
- Track 2-2 Causes of Food Addiction
- Track 3-3 Signs and Symptoms
- Track 4-4 Food Addiction Effects
- Track 5-5 Food Addiction Treatment