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  • Eating Addiction

    We propose the term "eating addiction" rather than "food addiction".

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    Eating Addiction
  • Reward

    Can food have rewarding properties?

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  • Energy balance

    Maintaining energy balance is a tricky thing when eating is so pleasurable.

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    Energy balance
  • Stress

    Can stress affect appetite and food choice?

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  • Common paths in our brain?

    NeuroFAST is investigating the common neurobiology involved in eating behavior, addiction and stress.

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    Common paths in our brain?
  • NeuroFAST consensus opinion on food addiction

    Our collected view on addiction in the context of food intake.

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    NeuroFAST consensus opinion on food addiction
  • NeuroFAST engage the public

    NeuroFAST attend Science Festivals across Europe.

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    NeuroFAST engage the public

Food Intake, Addiction and Stress - Common Biology in Your Brain

Obesity develops when we eat more calories than we expend in physical activity. Although we have inherent physiological mechanisms that can control our energy balance, it is apparent that we often over-eat and consume more calories than we need.
Why do we do this? Does food have rewarding properties, and can stress make us eat more?

With both clinical and experimental expertise, the thirteen partners from across Europe who are members of the EU funded project, NeuroFAST, aim to investigate the common neurobiology involved in eating behavior, addiction and stress.

Watch our video below presenting our scientific consensus on food addiction, that has emerged from the project on eating behavior and addiction, or read our review article here.

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NeuroFAST is funded by the
EU Flag European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no 245009

Food intake

Obesity is often explained as the result of excessive eating - Why do we over eat?


The concept of "Food addiction" - What is the biology behind it?


Stress and hunger - Are there common mechanisms in our brain?

Science for All

NeuroFAST scientists engage the public in dialogue about food addiction.


Partnerlogo - University Medical Centre Utrecht
Partnerlogo - University of Aberdeen
Partnerlogo - University of Cambridge
Partnerlogo - Teschnische Universität Dresden
Partnerlogo - University of Duisburg-Essen
Partnerlogo - University of Edingburgh
Partnerlogo - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Partnerlogo - Nizo Food Research
Partnerlogo - Fondazione toscana Gabriele Monasterio per la ricerca e di sanita pubblica