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The Latest on Food Addiction!

A collection of the world’s most renowned experts in ultra-processed foods will convene in London for the International Food Addiction Consensus Conference next month.

 The gathering ultimately aims to get addiction to highly processed junk foods officially recognised as a condition by both the World Health Organisation and leading psychiatry institutions.


A recent study published in The BMJ is reporting that ultra-processed foods can be as addictive as smoking.
In their report, researchers say humans compulsively consume foods high in refined carbohydrates and added fats, which people find highly rewarding and appealing in ways similar to how they experience addictive substances such as nicotine.  




What is Food/Sugar Addiction?

Addiction is a treatable disorder involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences. “Food/Sugar” Addiction is just one outlet of the disease.

Have you ever described yourself as a “carboholic”, “chocoholic”, a “food junkie” or that you “just need your fix”? Have you ever been “sugar high” or have you felt the “sugar crash”? Could this be more than “overeating”? Take the CRAVED and let us know how we can support you!

Please answer 'yes' or 'no' to the following statements. "These foods" refers to foods containing sugar, refined carbohydrates, highly processed foods and foods you can't have 'in moderation'. Please think about the last month.

Using a Harm-Reduction Model to work at the Intersection of Disordered Eating and Addiction

Many ED symptoms can increase YFAS scores. Similarly, UPFA can precede ED behaviors. Chicken VS Egg Scenario

Individuals with bulimia nervosa (BN) have the highest prevalence of UPFA (48–95%), followed by binge eating disorder (BED; 55–80%), and anorexia nervosa (AN; 44–70%).

Most studies investigating the association between AN and UPFA found that UPFA symptoms are higher among those with AN binge-purge type (AN-BP) compared to the restrictive subtype (AN-R).

UPFA is also frequently seen in subjects without eating disorder(s). 

Disordered eating sits on a spectrum between normal eating and an eating disorder and may include symptoms and behaviors of eating disorders, but at a lesser frequency or lower level of severity.

Disordered eating may include restrictive eating, compulsive eating, or irregular or inflexible eating patterns.

***Clinical Considerations of Ultra‑processed Food Addiction Across Weight Classes: an Eating Disorder Treatment and Care Perspective ~ David Wiss 

April 2022 ***

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