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Impulsive Behavior Linked To Food Addiction, And To Obesity

January 24, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
People with impulsive personalities are more likely to report higher levels of food addiction and obesity, a U.S. study has found. Food addiction, a relatively new disorder, is a compulsive pattern of eating similar to drug addiction. The study used two different scales to determine levels of food addiction and impulsivity among the 233 participants, then compared these results with body mass index, a measure of obesity. Researchers said impulsive behavior was not necessarily associated with obesity, but impulsive behaviors can lead to food addiction, which is an indicator of obesity.
Cara M. Murphy et al., "Interrelationships among impulsive personality traits, food addiction, and Body Mass Index", Appetite, January 24, 2014, © Elsevier B.V.
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