Girlhood Physical and Sexual Abuse Linked to Food Addiction Later

MedPageToday has the story:

National surveys suggest that more than a third of girls in the U.S. experience some degree of physical or sexual abuse before they reach adulthood, the researchers noted. Studies also have linked childhood abuse with an increased risk for adult obesity and anorexia nervosa and bulimia, but the new analysis is the first to explore an association between child sexual and physical abuse and a wider range of binge eating and food obsession issues now grouped together under the umbrella term ‘food addiction’.

“Our findings suggest that women with a history of childhood abuse are more likely to report engaging in these uncontrolled, addiction-like eating behaviors, and we also found that the harsher the abuse they experienced, the stronger the association,” the investigators wrote.

The article also helps you figure out if you have food addiction.


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