It has long been suspected that food has addictive qualities. Recent evidence suggests that certain foods have the ability to disrupt, even hijack the brain, much like an addictive drug. Dr. Dennis will discuss how the dopamine and opiate systems, pre-frontal cortex, sugar and more all play a role.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define addiction, explain the different types of addiction, including food addiction, and identify shared risk factors of substance and eating disorders
  2. Discuss some of the current animal and human research on food addiction
  3. Explain the treatment ramifications of recognizing eating disorders as within the addiction spectrum

Speaker: Kimberly Dennis, MD