Ashley Gierhardt, associate professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, and her colleagues developed the Yale Food Addiction Scale. With the help of this system, according to the expert, it will be possible to identify people who are addicted to various products. In particular, addiction manifests itself in a loss of control over food consumption, a strong craving for food, the inability to reduce the amount of food eaten, despite the possible negative consequences.
According to scientists, 15 percent of US residents suffer from food addiction. Such dependence can lead to diseases that are associated with obesity, nutrition, and a lower quality of life.
In addition, in the course of the study, experts came to the conclusion that only certain foods are addictive. These foods are high in fat and refined carbohydrates. The most dangerous in this regard are chocolate, ice cream, French fries, pizza, cookies.