Food addiction is real. Good news is, it can be treated.
Do you eat even when you’re not hungry? Do you find yourself eating too much, then feeling guilty about it afterwards? If eating food has consumed your life, then you probably have a food addiction.
Everyone experiences cravings, and we all probably have the food that we like to eat. There may even be an occasional indulgence where we eat a lot. However, there’s a thin line between your love of food and food addiction.
What is food addiction?
Food addiction is a process disorder, also called a behavioral addiction. It is caused by a change and imbalance in the brain’s reward circuitry and chemical composition. Food addiction refers to the uncontrollable compulsion to over-consume food despite the negative effects that it brings.
Food addiction is also linked to other eating disorders, such as binge eating and bulimia.
Usually, the food that food addicts turn to are fatty, oily, sugary, and salty. Sometimes, these fall under junk foods. These kinds of foods activate the brain’s pleasure center in the same way that drugs like meth and cocaine does. As a result, they feel good and find pleasure in the activity and are driven to do it over and over again.
Signs of Food Addiction
Signs of food addiction include:
- inability to control eating
- inability to overcome cravings
- overeating to the point of feeling sick
- constant preoccupation with thoughts of food and getting food
- doing everything just to get the food that you want
- having increased tolerance, so you eat more and more frequently to feel satisfied
- continued activity despite negative consequences, such as health problems
Effects of Food Addiction
Food addiction affects the addict not just physically, but also mentally, socially, economically, and even legally.
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems
- Decreased performance in school or at work
- Lack of enjoyment other than eating
Treatment of Food Addiction
There’s hope in treatment. Like drug and alcohol addiction, food addiction can be overcome with the right treatment in the right location, among the right people. You can count on us at Bridges of Hope to help you out. Contact 09175098826 to learn more.