Genetic Similarities between Compulsive Overeating and Addiction Phenotypes: A Case for “Food Addiction”?

@article{Carlier2015GeneticSB,
  title={Genetic Similarities between Compulsive Overeating and Addiction Phenotypes: A Case for “Food Addiction”?},
  author={Nina Carlier and Victoria S. Marshe and Jana Cmorejova and Caroline Davis and Daniel J M{\"u}ller},
  journal={Current Psychiatry Reports},
  year={2015},
  volume={17},
  pages={1-11}
}
There exists a continuous spectrum of overeating, where at the extremes there are casual overindulgences and at the other a ‘pathological’ drive to consume palatable foods. It has been proposed that pathological eating behaviors may be the result of addictive appetitive behavior and loss of ability to regulate the consumption of highly processed foods containing refined carbohydrates, fats, salt, and caffeine. In this review, we highlight the genetic similarities underlying substance addiction… CONTINUE READING
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