Could Impulsive Behavior Lead To Food Addiction?
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…
“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.”