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A narrative review of potential treatment strategies for food addiction

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The concept of food addiction (FA) remains

    controversial with research being in the nascent stages; FA

    like any addiction can have a devastating impact on the lives

    of those afflicted. There exists a clinical need for treatment

    strategies for those affected. This article reviews potential

    treatment strategies for FA. The treatment strategies target

    four core behaviours of the addiction phenotype specifically

    craving through the opioid system, impulsivity as a personality

    trait, compulsivity through the serotonergic system

    and lastly motivation through the dopaminergic system. A

    range of pharmacological and psychological interventions

    are reviewed. Future research should seek to test and validate

    the proposed clinical treatment strategies.

UOW Authors


  •   Vella, Shae-Leigh (external author)
  •   Pai, Nagesh

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Vella, S. C. & Pai, N. B. (2017). A narrative review of potential treatment strategies for food addiction. Eating and Weight Disorders: studies on anorexia, bulimia and obesity, 22 (3), 387-393.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85028310789

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4931

Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 387

End Page


  • 393

Volume


  • 22

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Italy

Abstract


  • The concept of food addiction (FA) remains

    controversial with research being in the nascent stages; FA

    like any addiction can have a devastating impact on the lives

    of those afflicted. There exists a clinical need for treatment

    strategies for those affected. This article reviews potential

    treatment strategies for FA. The treatment strategies target

    four core behaviours of the addiction phenotype specifically

    craving through the opioid system, impulsivity as a personality

    trait, compulsivity through the serotonergic system

    and lastly motivation through the dopaminergic system. A

    range of pharmacological and psychological interventions

    are reviewed. Future research should seek to test and validate

    the proposed clinical treatment strategies.

UOW Authors


  •   Vella, Shae-Leigh (external author)
  •   Pai, Nagesh

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Vella, S. C. & Pai, N. B. (2017). A narrative review of potential treatment strategies for food addiction. Eating and Weight Disorders: studies on anorexia, bulimia and obesity, 22 (3), 387-393.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85028310789

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4931

Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 387

End Page


  • 393

Volume


  • 22

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Italy