Survey findings on addictive food behaviors among adults aged 50 to 80 years reveal a significant gap between men and women with women more than twice as likely as men to report a level of behavior that affects their wellbeing. The survey, administered by the National Poll on Healthy Aging, also found a generational effect, with women aged 50 to 64 years showing a higher level of addiction to highly processed foods than those aged ≥65 years.
In an interview with Patient Care®, addiction researcher Ashley Gearhardt, PhD, author of the Yale Food Addiction Scale, talks about aggressive food marketing to women and her thoughts on how the advent of the new, highly effective medications for weight management may help with food addiction. Director of the National Poll on Healthy Aging Jeffrey Kullgren, MD, MS, MPH, joins Gearhardt for the second half of the conversation.
Gearhardt's lab at the University of Michigan (U-M) teamed with the National Poll on Healthy Aging, based at the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and under the direction of Jeffery Kullgren, MD, MS, MPH, to look more closely at a population rarely included in research on food addiction. The National Poll on Healthy Aging (NPHA) surveys are fielded twice per year using a sample of approximately 2,000 respondents aged 50 to 80 years drawn from a nationally representative probability-based panel of U.S. households. The NPHA is supported by AARP and Michigan Medicine, U-M's academic medical center, in Ann Arbor.
Food and Addiction Science and Treatment Lab (Dr Gearhardt's lab)
The National Poll on Healthy Aging