Is Severe Obesity a Form of Addiction?: Rationale, Clinical Approach, and Controlled Clinical Trial

@article{Riva2006IsSO,
  title={Is Severe Obesity a Form of Addiction?: Rationale, Clinical Approach, and Controlled Clinical Trial},
  author={Giuseppe Riva and Monica Bacchetta and Gianluca Cesa and Sara Conti and Gianluca Castelnuovo and Fabrizia Mantovani and Enrico Molinari},
  journal={Cyberpsychology & behavior : the impact of the Internet, multimedia and virtual reality on behavior and society},
  year={2006},
  volume={9 4},
  pages={457-79}
}
For many, obesity is just a problem of energy input and expenditure: more energy input than expenditure. However, the clinical practice and epidemiological data clearly show that weight control is more complex than expected by this simple equation. This is particularly true in morbid obesity, a form of severe obesity in which a person's Body Mass Index (BMI, kg/m(2)) is over 40. If we compare the definitions and diagnostic criteria for "dependence" and "addiction" with the situation of many… CONTINUE READING
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