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Food and Addiction Symposium on Friday, Feb. 19
Date:2/16/2010

UCSF is sponsoring a one-day symposium for the Bay Area research community to bring awareness to the problem of how certain foods can cause an addictive-like state in the brain and are a hidden cause behind the nation's obesity epidemic.

(Vocus) February 16, 2010 -- UCSF is sponsoring a one-day symposium for the Bay Area research community to bring awareness to the problem of how certain foods can cause an addictive-like state in the brain and are a hidden cause behind the nation's obesity epidemic.

This is one of the first scientific conferences to focus on the topic of food addiction, focusing on environmental, psychological and biological factors at the root of this addiction. Topics will include how our food environment has changed, binge eating, sugar addiction, treating compulsive eating through "emotional brain training,'' and through mindfulness.

Food addiction is the term to describe a compulsive, excessive craving for and consumption of food.

The symposium is organized by the UCSF Center for Obesity, Assessment, Study and Treatment (COAST). It brings together the best of basic science research on how palatable foods can affect the addictive neural circuitry in animals as well as relevant treatments in humans.

When: Friday, February 19, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Media are invited to cover.)

Where: Chancellor's Room
UCSF Laurel Heights Conference Center
3333 California Street
San Francisco

Featured Speakers:

 
  • Kelly Brownell, PhD – keynote speaker -- Dept. of Psychology, Yale University. Name
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