Food-addiction behaviors have been demonstrated in both lab animals and humans in a wide range of studies, Mark Gold, M.D.,
chair of psychiatry at the University of Florida and a food-addiction researcher, told Psychiatric News. Yet most clinicians have not been able to capitalize on these findings, because there has been no way to reliably identify
who is and who isn't a food addict, he said. But now there is, he said, because "this study has provided the first neurobiological
validation of the use of the Yale food addiction instrument in obese and normal individuals."