Obesity has long been blamed on weak willpower, overeating, genetics and lack of exercise. Now scientists increasingly are seeing signs that suggest there may be an additional contributor: food addiction.
Parents, doctors, and others have wondered whether common treatments for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) inadvertently predispose adolescents to future drug abuse.
The answer may depend on the age at which treatment is started and how long it lasts, say the authors of a new brain-imaging and behavioral study conducted in animals at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory.
A study performed at Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan set out to investigate the links between emotional conditions such as anxiety, depression and ADHD and Internet addiction. Two thousand fourteen students, 1204 male and 910 female, were assessed for all of the above factors using a self-report questionnaire.
An AMA report prepared for the American Medical Association’s annual policy meeting had proposed including video game addiction in a manual of psychiatric illnesses.
The report was prepared by the AMA’s Council on Science and Public Health.
After some debate, the organization declared that more study is needed before classifying excessive video gaming as an addiction.
The organization acknowledged that over-use of video games can certainly be a problem for both children and adults. The report indicated that children who start playing video games earlier, are more likely to become hooked on video gaming.
According to the report, up to 90 percent of American youngsters play video games and that more than 5 million of them may be addicted.
Source: American Medical Association