The emerging science of addictive overeating
Nicole Avena Ph.D.
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Nicole Avena, Ph.D., is a research neuroscientist and an expert in the fields of nutrition, diet and addiction.
Food can be more than just calories and nutrients. Eating for pleasure has become a common behavior for many individuals, and this can undoubtedly contribute to being overweight or obese. Some individuals feel compelled to eat high-calorie, tasty foods, and they also exhibit behaviors and emotional changes that are similar to what one would see in a drug addict. However, these people aren’t dependent on drugs, but could they be addicted to food?