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Food Addiction Research Education (FARE)
Food Addiction Research Education (FARE) grew out of a commitment to share with the public the scientific community’s increasing knowledge and understanding of how food affects the brain. FARE’s founders realized that this growing scientific knowledge about food addiction was being hidden by the food industry itself. Much as we have learned that nicotine and smoking causes lung cancer, we are discovering that specific foods can be addictive and cause obesity.


Brownell, Kelly B., and Gold, Mark S. (ed.) Food and Addiction: A Comprehensive Handbook. London: Oxford University Press, 2012.

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Gearhardt AN, Corbin WR, Brownell KD. Food addiction: An examination of the diagnostic criteria for dependence. Journal of Addictive Medicine. 2009;3:1-7.

Gearhardt AN, Corbin WR. Body mass index and alcohol consumption: Family history of alcohol as a moderator. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 2009;23:216-225.


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