Could Impulsive Behavior Lead To Food Addiction?

in 2014, Huffington Post, Newsmakers, Pietro Cottone, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine
May 13th, 2014

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Pietro Cottone, School of Medicine

There’s a well-established link between impulsive behavior and addiction in scientific literature, but which came first: impulsiveness, or the addiction? While the question poses a difficult research challenge in humans, scientists from the Boston University School of Medicine believe that in rats, at least, impulsive behavior precedes food addiction…

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“We now know with this study that impulsivity is present beforehand, and can present risk factors for overeating. We observed that the [rats] who were more impulsive were also the ones who showed the food addiction behavior.”

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