Appetite. 2017 Jan 24. pii: S0195-6663(16)30862-5. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2017.01.029.
In the contemporary milieu, the term “addiction” brings to mind issues of physical dependence, uncontrolled behavior, psychoactive substances, and disease. Thus, the use of the term “food addiction” which has become common in research on binge eating and obesity, suggests a disease state characterized by craving, compulsive eating and, possibly, the presence of food constituents with drug-like properties which weaken the will power to abstain from consumption.
In this commentary, the case is made that, following the trends in substance use disorder terminology, adoption of “food use disorder” as a term for compulsive eating associated with subjective loss of control may foster continued research in this area without the connotations suggested by “food addiction.”