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Identifying Some Foods as Addictive Could Shift Attitudes

October 16, 2023

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Presented by The Record

According to a new international study led by a University of Michigan researcher, conceptualizing ultra-processed foods high in carbohydrates and fats — candy, ice cream, potato chips — as addictive substances can contribute to efforts to improve health worldwide. Ashley Gearhardt, professor of psychology in LSA and an expert on addiction to ultra-processed food, shares key insights from the study and potential policy approaches.

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