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Understanding and Addressing Food Addiction

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Credit Value: 2
Exam Questions: 20
Passing Grade: 15 correct
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Course Description:

This course reviews and summarizes hundreds of scientific research papers by leading experts in the fields of addiction, eating disorders, obesity and nutrition to lay out the shared characterizing symptoms, risk factors and underlying neurobiological characteristics between food and substance addiction. It describes the differences between food addiction and binge eating disorder (now an official psychiatric diagnosis). It offers evidence-based recommendations for policy, prevention, health care practice and research, and offers informative resources for further examination of this emergent area of work. Finally, it highlights how the knowledge and experience gained from years of research, prevention and intervention work in tobacco, alcohol and other drug control might be applied to controlling another leading threat to public health: unhealthy eating, overweight and obesity.

This course is based upon material published by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse and is available as an open access article.

This course on food addiction is designed for social workers, professional counselors, psychologists, nurses, and substance abuse counselors, who do clinical work. This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of obesity and overweight as a result of food addiction. The course material includes a literature review of policy, prevention, health care practice and diagnosis. It may also be useful for licensed clinicians who require clinical continuing education courses for license renewal.

Authors: Linda Richter, PhD et al (see source docuemtn page iii for list of all contributors)

Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding food addiction. Specifically, a professional will:

• Describe food addiction
• Identify the risk factors of unhealthy eating
• Recognize shared neurobiological characteristics underlying certain forms of disordered eating and substance addiction

Citation: Richter, Linda et al. (2016). Understanding and Addressing Food Addiction: A Science-Based Approach to Policy, Practice and Research. Reviewed by TM DiDona, PhD 2018 and found to be current. For a full list of current references, please Click Here

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Credits: 2 Exam Fee: $20.00 Format: Online
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