Evidence linking obesity and substance dependence continues to grow, which has led to increased interest in the role of an addictive process in problematic eating behavior. The Food and Addiction Science and Treatment (FAST) lab explores the similarities between addictive and eating behaviors through a multi-method approach including neuroimaging, eye-tracking, and measurement development. An emphasis is placed on studies that capture how factors in the food environment (e.g., food commercials, food-related product placements) may lead potentially addictive foods to have widespread clinical and public health consequences.
Gearhardt, A.N., White, M.A, Masheb, R.M., Morgan, P.T., Crosby, R.D., & Grilo, C.M. (2012). An examination of the food addiction construct in obese patients with binge eating disorder. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 45, 657-663.
Gearhardt, A.N., Grilo, C.M., DiLeone, R.J., & Potenza, M.N. (2011). Can food be addictive? Public health and policy implications. Addiction, 106, 1208-1212.
Gearhardt, A.N., Yokum, S., Orr, P.T., Stice, E., Corbin, W.R., & Brownell, K.D. (2011). The neural correlates of food addiction. Archives of General Psychiatry, 68, 808-816.
Gearhardt, A.N., & Corbin, W.R. (2009). Family history of alcohol problems as a moderator of the relation between body mass index and alcohol consumption. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23, 327-337.
Gearhardt, A.N., Corbin, W.R., & Brownell, K.D. (2009). Preliminary validation of the Yale Food Addiction Scale. Appetite, 52, 430-436.