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People more accepting of food abuse, but not other addictions


Most schools of addiction theory propose that addiction is a disease--one that can be controlled or managed no easier than one would deal with cancer or diabetes.

If you're a food addict, good news: A recent study showed that people are more likely to be tolerant of you--and to think you're a more likeable, relatable person.

If you're a tobacco or alcohol addict, on the other hand, you're probably being judged.

Study shows some addiction viewed with "anger" and "disgust"

Researchers at Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity in New Haven, Conn. surveyed more than 1,200 adults, asking them about their feelings regarding certain types of addictions.

Food addiction, it appears, did not garner as negative of a response as other addictions. Food addicts were less likely to be blamed for their behavior than people addicted to alcohol or tobacco.

"Our findings offer preliminary insights into how food addiction is perceived among other health conditions and how it affects public attitudes toward obesity," Rebecca Puhl, the Rudd Center's director for research and weight stigma initiatives, said in a news release.

Bad news for the obese?

Even though popular opinion about food addiction appeared to be tolerant, this idea was flipped on its head when participants were asked about obese people with food addiction--at this the respondents reported a sense of blame, disgust and irritation.

The study was published online in the journal Basic Applied Social Psychology.

Source: US News Health