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Nutrients, Volume 11, Issue 9 (September 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) With the obesity epidemic being largely attributed to overeating, much research has been aimed at [...] Read more. With the obesity epidemic being largely attributed to overeating, much research has been aimed at understanding the psychological causes of overeating and developing targeted interventions. We review this literature under a model of food addiction and consider several innovative treatments, ranging from cognitive intervention tasks to neuromodulation techniques. We conclude that, although there is evidence to suggest that, for some individuals, food can induce addictive-type behaviours, the term ‘food addiction’ has limited application to overeating. Nevertheless, research investigating the underlying psychological causes of overeating has led to some novel and potentially effective interventions. Understanding the similarities and differences between the addictive characteristics of food and illicit substances should prove fruitful in further developing these interventions. View this paper.