Testing the Hypothesis of Food Addiction: Research Talk

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Alexander Hall, room 167A.  Follow the signs on the door for room 167. The meeting room is located on the left side of the small hallway.


According to the World Health Organization, unhealthy diet is one key contributor to the development of noncommunicable diseases. The global response to this problem has primarily involved the implementation of nutritional policies intended on raising public awareness, and providing information through nutritional guidelines and product labels. However, there is experimental evidence suggesting that certain foods may promote addictive processes and consequent unhealthy dietary choices. In this session, we will review neurobiological mechanisms of reward involved in the consumption of refined sugars and fats, and the aforementioned indicators of their addictive characteristics. 


Dr. Francesco Leri

Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
College of Social and Applied Human Sciences 

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