Abused Girls May Have Increased Risk For Food Addiction In Adulthood

MedPage Today (5/31, Boyles) reports, “Women who experience both sexual and physical abuse during childhood had a more than twofold increased risk for food addiction in adulthood,” according to a study published online in the journal Obesity and sponsored by grant money from the National Institutes of Health. “The analysis of data on 57,321 women enrolled in the Nurses Health Study II (NHSII) revealed that severe physical and sexual abuse were each associated with a roughly 90% increased risk for food addiction (physical abuse relative risk [RR] 1.92, 95% CI 1.76-2.09; sexual abuse RR 1.87, 95% CI 1.69-2.05),” and “suffering both severe physical and sexual abuse during childhood was associated with a 2.40 relative risk (95% CI 2.16-2.67) for food addiction later in life.”

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— “Abused Girls May Binge on Food as Adults,” Salynn Boyles, MedPage Today, May 30, 2013.

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