Can eating become an addiction? There seem to be some parallels. The human brain of persons with obesity and persons with an addiction show an increased activity in specific brain areas as reaction to food or drug stimuli respectively.
Obese persons are often confronted with prejudices, depreciation, social isolation and discrimination. These are chronic stressors and the psychic strain through such stigmatizations can lead to depressions, anxiety disorders and even often to further weight increase.
The IFB scientist Dr. Claudia Sikorski and her team analyzed 64 scientific studies that examined the association between the stigmatization of obese people and mental strains and disorders. Stigmatization has a negative effect on the psyche and obesity.
The “Best Student Abstract Award” was awarded to the 28 year-old psychologist and IFB researcher Dr. Anne Brauhardt by the major international professional society for the study of eating disorders (Eating Disorders Research Society, EDRS in the USA).