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Nicole Avena, Ph.D.
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Dr. Nicole Avena is a research neuroscientist/psychologist and expert in the fields of nutrition, diet and addiction. She has on the faculty at the New York Obesity Research Center at Columbia University. She has published over 60 scholarly journal articles, as well as several book chapters on topics related to food, addiction, obesity and eating disorders. She recently edited the book, Animal Models of Eating Disorders (Springer/Humana Press, 2013), and she has authored 2 books: Why Diets Fail (Ten Speed/Crown), released January, 2014; and What to Eat When You're Pregnant (will be released in 2015). Her research achievements have been honored by awards from several groups including the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Eating Disorders Association. She has a blog on Psychology Today, and she regularly appears on television and in the media as an expert on topics related to diet and addiction. More at

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Food, Addiction and Obesity: Why We Are All at Risk

(3) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 5:14 PM

Co-authored by Ashley Gearhardt, Ph.D.

In their new documentary Fed Up, Katie Couric and Laurie David draw attention to the important issues surrounding the food we are eating and why it is making us so sick. With estimates that approximately 75 percent of Americans will be...

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