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Exploration of food addiction in people living with schizophrenia

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The term food addiction (FA) denotes a concept among researchers and lay consumers as a behavioural

    phenotype related to excessive food consumption. In this study we examined the prevalence of FA using

    the validated Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS) as well as the dimensional symptom count. In addition, we

    explored associations between participant characteristics and FA diagnosis. Outpatients attending a

    clozapine clinic and possessing a diagnosis of schizophrenia were invited to complete an anonymous

    survey using the YFAS. Ninety three surveys were used to calculate the diagnostic YFAS criteria for FA. The

    prevalence of FA found in this sample was 26.9%. Among individuals who did not meet “diagnostic”

    criteria FA, 77.4% endorsed 3 or more symptoms but did not report distress or impairment. The most

    common food addiction symptom was a persistent desire or repeated unsuccessful attempts to cut down

    consumption (97.9%). The significant

    finding in association between individual’s characteristics and

    diagnosis of FA was employment. Several factors related to reported results are postulated and discussed.

    The current study has found the prevalence of FA amongst people living with schizophrenia to be higher

    than the general populations but not as high as populations with disordered eating.

UOW Authors


  •   Goluza, Ivana (external author)
  •   Borchard, Jay (external author)
  •   Kiarie, Esther (external author)
  •   Mullan, Judy
  •   Pai, Nagesh

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Goluza, I., Borchard, J., Kiarie, E., Mullan, J. & Pai, N. (2017). Exploration of food addiction in people living with schizophrenia. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 27 81-84.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85014725228

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4747

Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 81

End Page


  • 84

Volume


  • 27

Place Of Publication


  • Netherlands

Abstract


  • The term food addiction (FA) denotes a concept among researchers and lay consumers as a behavioural

    phenotype related to excessive food consumption. In this study we examined the prevalence of FA using

    the validated Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS) as well as the dimensional symptom count. In addition, we

    explored associations between participant characteristics and FA diagnosis. Outpatients attending a

    clozapine clinic and possessing a diagnosis of schizophrenia were invited to complete an anonymous

    survey using the YFAS. Ninety three surveys were used to calculate the diagnostic YFAS criteria for FA. The

    prevalence of FA found in this sample was 26.9%. Among individuals who did not meet “diagnostic”

    criteria FA, 77.4% endorsed 3 or more symptoms but did not report distress or impairment. The most

    common food addiction symptom was a persistent desire or repeated unsuccessful attempts to cut down

    consumption (97.9%). The significant

    finding in association between individual’s characteristics and

    diagnosis of FA was employment. Several factors related to reported results are postulated and discussed.

    The current study has found the prevalence of FA amongst people living with schizophrenia to be higher

    than the general populations but not as high as populations with disordered eating.

UOW Authors


  •   Goluza, Ivana (external author)
  •   Borchard, Jay (external author)
  •   Kiarie, Esther (external author)
  •   Mullan, Judy
  •   Pai, Nagesh

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Goluza, I., Borchard, J., Kiarie, E., Mullan, J. & Pai, N. (2017). Exploration of food addiction in people living with schizophrenia. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 27 81-84.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85014725228

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4747

Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 81

End Page


  • 84

Volume


  • 27

Place Of Publication


  • Netherlands