A Novel Approach For The Treatment Of Obesity: Examining The Potential Of Addiction Therapeutics

Grant number: 1108092 | Funding period: 2016 - 2020

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Abstract

Difficulty in managing food intake, especially highly palatable food, can result in obesity and the health liabilities associated with being overweight. In its extreme, the difficulty reducing food intake resembles an addictive disorder. We have compelling preliminary data which show deficits in the brain associated with addiction are also found in diet-induced obesity. Therefore strategies used to treat addiction can potentially be used to treat obesity.