Although most people think of drugs and alcohol when they picture addiction, there are many other things a person can become addicted to. Addiction isn’t about how many drinks you have, how much money you’ve lost gambling, or how much you eat. Addiction can be more easily diagnosed by looking at the way it affects your life. Food addiction is a growing problem in our Western society, with thousands of people bingeing their way into disease.
One of the most important signs of food addiction is the inability to stop binge eating, even though your health is suffering from it. In the same way an alcoholic continues to drink despite their development of cirrhosis of the liver, someone with a food addiction will continue an unhealthy diet and eating pattern even though they may have developed diabetes or heart disease. There are a lot of diseases of the body which are caused by unhealthy eating habits, and changing your diet and increasing exercise could reverse effects of some. Most addicts know this, however, and are still unable to control their urges to overeat.
When you have an overeating disorder, you’ll likely experience cravings for food in the same way an alcoholic craves alcohol. Even if you already full, your mind will create obsessive thoughts about a certain food, which ultimately results in you consuming that food. Eating when full generates a feeling of overstuffed, and when you have an addiction to food, you will feel this often. You may make a promise you’re not going to overeat today, then as the day goes on you find yourself breaking those commitments. It routinely comes with a justification of why you’re letting yourself binge that day, such as a hard day at work or celebrating a friend’s birthday.
Your overeating may eventually become so out of control that you’re constantly hiding it from others. If you wait for your spouse to go to bed to open up the fridge and have another helping, or you hide sweet treats in your purse, it could be a sign you’re suffering from something bigger than simply liking food. When you’re addicted to food, you use it as a coping mechanism for stress, sorrow, anxiety, and hopelessness. Food addiction is typically a symptom of something bigger, which needs to be established. Treating the underlying causes of food addiction will help so you can control and overcome your cravings and get your life back on a healthy track.
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