Title: Where is the comfort in comfort foods? Mechanisms linking fat signaling, reward, and emotion
Authors: Weltens, Nathalie ×
Zhao, Dongxing
Van Oudenhove, Lukas #
Issue Date: Mar-2014
Publisher: Blackwell Science
Series Title: Neurogastroenterology and Motility vol:26 issue:3 pages:303-15
Article number: 10.1111/nmo.12309
Abstract: Food in general, and fatty foods in particular, have obtained intrinsic reward value throughout evolution. This reward value results from an interaction between exteroceptive signals from different sensory modalities, interoceptive hunger/satiety signals from the gastrointestinal tract to the brain, as well as ongoing affective and cognitive processes. Further evidence linking food to emotions stems from folk psychology ('comfort foods') and epidemiological studies demonstrating high comorbidity rates between disorders of food intake, including obesity, and mood disorders such as depression.
ISSN: 1350-1925
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Translational Research in GastroIntestinal Disorders
× corresponding author
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