PTSD Tied to Increased Risk of Food Addiction

Your PTSD Can Develop Without Ever Remembering Why
Your PTSD Can Develop Without Ever Remembering Why
Women with multiple symptoms of PTSD more than twice as likely to get addicted to food compared to women with no trauma history.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) appears to increase obesity risk but the pathways by which PTSD leads to weight gain are not known. Identification of the links between PTSD and obesogenic eating behaviors is necessary to clarify this pathway and inform development of obesity prevention strategies in PTSD-affected populations.

The objective of the study is to determine whether women with PTSD symptoms are more likely to report food addiction, a measure of perceived dependence on food, than women without PTSD symptoms. Also, to determine whether age at PTSD symptom onset and type of trauma influence the PTSD–food addiction association.

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