The addiction potential of hyperpalatable foods.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Scientific interest in "food addiction" continues to grow due both to neurobiological and behavioral similarities between substance dependence and excessive food consumption. An important next step is to examine the addictive potential of highly processed foods. In this paper, we explore addiction-related changes in the modern food environment (e.g., increased potency, elevated speed of absorption), examine the historical and modern understanding of addictive substances as applied to hyperpalatable foods, and outline shared factors that increase the public health costs of both addictive drugs and certain foods.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gearhardt, AN; Davis, C; Kuschner, R; Brownell, KD

Published Date

  • September 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 140 - 145

PubMed ID

  • 21999688

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1874-4745

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1874-4737

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2174/1874473711104030140


  • eng