Study Compares Treatments of Food Addiction

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Large_pizzaA recent study of people with binge eating disorder compared a treatment of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to one including CBT as well as behavioral treatments.  The group of individuals who received both CBT and behavioral treatments fared slightly better in terms of improvement.  Carlos Grilo, PhD, of Yale University recently reported his findings at the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry conference.  Grilo set out to look at food addiction in people with binge eating disorder and obesity.  Through the use of the Yale Food Addiction Scale, 61% of the participants qualified as having food addiction.  Twelve months after treatment, 40% of the patients qualified for food addiction compared to 51% in the control group.  Grilo also pointed out that recent research suggests neurobiological behavioral similarities between substance use disorders and compulsive overeating.

At Brookhaven Hospital, we have treated eating disorders across the spectrum from anorexia to compulsive overeating since 1995.  Our team of professionals includes mental health professionals, psychiatrists, a dietician and medical doctor—all of whom specialize in the treatment of eating disorders.  If you or a loved one is seeking help with an eating problem, call us today and we will help you find a pathway toward your healthy recovery.

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