Food Addiction Could Be Triggered By PTSD; Added Risk Factor For Obesity

September 17, 2014 9:46 PM

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Food Addiction Could Be Triggered By PTSD; Added Risk Factor For Obesity

Eating away your feelings is definitely not unheard of. From the stereotypically post-breakup pint of ice cream, to the big bowl of macaroni and cheese with a side of fries for comfort food after a long day at work, food seems to act as a kind of therapy. This seemingly harmless pattern can develop into a risk factor for obesity, and researchers have discovered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can actually fuel a food addiction so severe it threatens the sanctity of your health.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota found those with symptoms of PTSD were at an increased risk for food addiction, the earlier they developed symptoms the worse off they were. The study was published in JAMA Psychiatry and revealed the dangerous thought provocations of eating when under a...

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