Addictive behaviours

Food intake is essential for survival and normal function of the body. Food also provides pleasant sensations that provide a natural reward. The concept of ‘food addiction’ has gained a lot of interest, not only by the media, but also within the scientific community. Can someone really be addicted to food?


“Eating addiction”, rather than “food addiction”, better captures addictive-like eating behaviour

16 December 2014

In an extensive scientific review published in the journal Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, researchers from the EU-funded NeuroFAST project conclude that ‘food addiction’ is a misnomer because of the ambiguous...


Food and addiction

08 November 2014

The concept of ‘food addiction’ has gained a lot of interest, not only by the media, but also within the scientific community. Can someone really be addicted to food? We interviewed Professor Julian Mercer...


Food and addictive behaviour (Q&A)

15 October 2014

Food intake is essential for survival and normal function of the body. Food has a role in balancing physiological processes, but also provides pleasant sensations that provide natural reward. Natural rewards such as food, water, sex, and nurturing...


Inconsistent evidence to support a link between obesity and claimed food addiction

16 April 2013

In a recent review, researchers from the University of Cambridge, UK, closely examined the widely claimed link between obesity and addiction. They demonstrated that the evidence for food addiction in humans is limited...