Barry D, Clarke M, Petry NM.
University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut, USA.
Am J Addict. 2009 Nov-Dec;18(6):439-51.
Obesity is a major public health problem and notoriously difficult to treat. There are many parallels between obesity/overeating and addictions to alcohol and drugs. This paper discusses similarities between obesity and addictive disorders, including common personality characteristics, disruptive behavior syndromes, and brain mechanisms. Although there are important differences between overeating and other addictive behaviors, an addiction model of overeating may effectively inform prevention and treatment of obesity.