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Food addiction: a neurobiological approach

In this video from the Università di Torino, we examine the idea of food addiction and its neurobiological correlates.

What is food addiction?

Food addiction might seem a new topic – it has only caught steam in the scientific literature over the last 10 years. However, the idea was already proposed decades ago, to the point that Overeaters Anonymous was founded in the 1960.

The evidence supporting the idea of food addiction comes from both neurobiological and psychological approaches, but it is not unanimous. In this video and in the next steps we will describe it and we will approach from multiple points of view, and we hope that by the end of this week you will have formed your our opinion, and that you will share it with us and with your fellow students.

What we would like you to do

Please share your thoughts on the following question:

  • Do you believe it is possible to be addicted to certain food?
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