“Food Addiction: a Valid Concept?” AND More on Best 5 Wednesday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Lets begin!

1) Food Addiction: a Valid Concept?

Can food be addictive? What does it mean to be a food addict? Do common underlying neurobiological mechanisms contribute to drug and food addiction? These vexing questions have been the subject of considerable interest and debate in recent years, driven in large part by the major health concerns associated with dramatically increasing body weights and rates of obesity in the United States, Europe, and other regions with developed economies. No clear consensus has yet emerged on the validity of the concept of food addiction and whether some individuals who struggle to control their food intake can be considered food addicts. Some, including Fletcher, have argued that the concept of food addiction is unsupported, as many of the defining features of drug addiction are not seen in the context of feeding behaviors. Others, Kenny included, have argued that food and drug addiction share similar features that may reflect common underlying neural mechanisms. Here, Fletcher and Kenny argue the merits of these opposing positions on the concept of food.

2) Can people be saved from a terrible childhood?

US researchers have found early intervention can help prevent negative experiences in infancy turning into long-term health risks.

3) How to Tell Someone You Have an Eating Disorder

Telling someone your concerns about the eating disorder and about recovery can be daunting. This page aims to help you have conversations that will give you the encouragement and support you deserve on the path to recovery.

4) The Nauru Experience: Zero-Tolerance Immigration and Suicidal Children

A recent visit to Nauru revealed the effects of Australia’s offshore detention policy and its impact on mental health.

5) Cannabis Use in Adolescence Associated With Poorer Mental Health Outcomes

These results provide strong evidence for the deleterious and prolonged effects of cannabis use in adolescence.

Thank you and see you tomorrow for more articles.

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