Treatment of food addiction: preliminary results
Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo
There has been an increase in the number of publications using the term food addiction (FA), with many animal and humans neuroimaging studies demonstrating similarities between food and drugs of abuse1,2. FA is most often assessed with the Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS), a questionnaire which directly applies DSM-IV-TR substance dependence criteria to food and eating2. Although FA is not an official diagnosis, YFAS scores are associated with eating disorders, depression, emotion dysregulation and lower self-esteem3, suggesting a need to target these symptoms in treatment.