Answers to Common Nutrition Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about nutrition.

Is there a psychological or biological cause for food addiction?

Food addiction can have both biological and psychological causes, according to the Food Addiction InstituteOff Site Icon (FAI).

People with food addictions develop a kind of chemical dependency on certain foods, most frequently foods that are high in sugar, excess fat and salt, according to the FAI.

Genetics can play some role in food addiction, but psychological issues also can cause food addiction, according to the FAI. The addiction can come from not dealing well with emotional issues or using food as a coping mechanism.

Talk to your physician for more information about the causes of food addiction.

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