Professors Produce First Comprehensive Collection Of Academic Literature On Addictive Properties Of

Can certain foods hijack the brain in ways similar to drugs and alcohol, and is this effect sufficiently strong to contribute to major diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, and hence constitute a public health menace? Terms like "chocoholic" and "food addict" are part of popular lore, some popular diet books discuss the concept of addiction, and there are food addiction programs with names like Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous. But what does science show, and how strong is the evidence that food and addiction is a real and important phenomenon?
Food and Addiction: A Comprehensive Handbook, edited by Kelly D. Brownell and Mark S. Gold, brings scientific order to the issue of food and addiction, spanning multiple disciplines to create the foundation for what is a rapidly advancing field and to highlight needed advances in science and public policy. The book assembles leading scientists and policy makers from fields such as nutrition, addiction, psychology, epidemiology, and public health to explore and analyze the scientific evidence for the addictive properties of food. Each chapter reviews the available science and notes needed scientific advances in the field.