New Research Suggests Some Middle Aged Women May Be Food Addicts

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- While the notion of food addiction is fairly new and remains somewhat controversial, a new study points to a certain population of women who fit a food addict profile.


Research published January 22, 2014, online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition studied food addiction among 134,175 middle-aged and older women who participated in the Nurses' Health Study. Slightly more than 8 percent of women aged 45 to 64, and 3 percent of older women, meet the criteria of being addicted to food.

Researchers say, for the first time in a large, US-based population of women, they have documented the pervasiveness of food addiction by using the Yale Food Addiction Scale. [i] The survey asks each participant to rate 27 questions about their eating habits over the past year, such as: I find that when I start eating certain foods, I end up eating much more than planned; and I find myself continuing to consume certain foods even though I am no longer hungry.

The women consumed hyperpalatable foods which are high in sugar, starch, fat, or salt. "When a person eats a hyperpalatable food, the brain releases a chemical called dopamine. Most people walk away satisfied. But for some the desire to repeat the pleasure is too strong to resist. This chemical produces a feeling of exhilaration or pleasure—the "I've got to have it" feeling," says Kimberly Davidson, author of I'm Beautiful? Why Can't I See It? "We get immediate gratification and find our favorite food hard to give up, which is a good definition of addiction," Davidson added.

Eating disorders remain a private battle for millions of people of all ages. "From a pastoral counselor's perspective" continued Ms. Davidson, "I've seen countless adults, including myself, released from the bondage of food addiction when they add spirituality to their healing plan. I believe those struggling with unhealthy patterns of eating and body image issues will find the new second edition of'I'm Beautiful? Why Can't I See It?'  an important resource." She offers a specific 12 week plan, and brings a clear message of hope and restoration. The book is a spiritual and psychological guide to help women break free from food addictions and emotional eating through biblical counseling action steps, Scripture, and personal experiences.

Kimberly Davidson is available for media interviews and speaking engagements. She can be reached using the information below or by email at More information is available at her website. 'I'm Beautiful? Why Can't I See It? Love Yourself and Love Your Body in 12 Weeks' is available at Amazon and other online book retailers.

About Kimberly Davidson:

Kimberly Davidson received a MA from Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon, a BA from the University of Iowa, and is a board certified biblical counselor. She the founder of Olive Branch Outreach, an organization dedicated to bringing hope and restoration to those struggling with body image, abuse, and food addiction. Kimberly is the host of Every Body Matters on BlogTalkRadio. She is a leader with Abuse Recovery Ministry Services and a Guest Instructor at Western Seminary on the subject of Eating Disorders and Body Image. Kimberly is the author of five books.


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Media Contact: KImberly Davidson, Olive Branch Outreach, 503-319-2841,

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