Food Addiction
The concept of food addiction remains controversial--how can something be both addictive and necessary for our survival? A search in PubMed for 'Food Addiction' yields nearly 3,000 references, with emerging research considering shared mechanism between substance abuse and overlap with eating disorders. We'll review available research for and against the concept of food addiction, discuss the overlap with eating and weight concerns, and review factors that can influence and modify the trajectory of eating habits. This presentation is especially relevant to dietitians working in clinical or public health settings with individuals struggling to change their eating habits.
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
  • Review the history of food addiction as a concept.

  • Identify six factors implicated in the formation of eating habits relevant to the food addiction construct.

  • Review evidence for and against the concept of food addiction.

  • Explain the relevance of brain-based reward pathways to formation of eating preferences.

  • Explore similarities and differences between response to food and response to drugs of abuse.

  • Distinguish between the concepts of eating addiction and food addiction.

  • Integrate principles for modifying food-related reward in clinical practice;

  • Describe areas for future study and public health implications.
Live Event Date: Mar 05, 2019
Expiration Date: Mar 05, 2022
Learning Need Codes (LNC): 3010, 5370, 5200, 5390
Performance Indicators/Learning Objectives: 4.1.2, 9.5.1, 9.6.1, 10.1.1
Target Audience: RDs, DTRs, Health Professionals
Number of Credits: 1.0
Level(s): 1
Total Cost: $18 ($18.00 per credit)

About the Presenter: Sarah Ferreira, MS, MPH, RD, CDN, CNSC, CLT, IFNCP, CHWC
Sarah Ferreira

Sarah Ferreira is a Registered Dietitian, Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner & Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She is the owner of Mindfully Nourished Solutions, where she uses a whole-person, whole-food based approach to explore the impact of nutrition on energy, mood, thyroid, cognition & gastrointestinal health. Her individualized approach integrates an assessment of nutritional, genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors into a collaborative nutrition care plan using cutting-edge research designed to facilitate meaningful and restorative changes based around client goals and priorities. Sarah received her BS in Nutrition Science with a minor in Psychology through Russell Sage College and earned a Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Management and a Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice. She has professional experience with managing nutritional elements of a wide variety of disease states in the inpatient hospital setting and has been a featured speaker with the Olana NY State Historic Site’s ‘Pathway to Prevention’ program. Learn more at

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