Food Addiction

Food addiction is a mental illness in which people feel the need to eat even when they are not hungry, ingesting high quantities of food in short time, due to loss of ca1control to which they get submitted. Just as people can become addicted to drugs or alcohol, they can become addicted to food. They hide their problem by eating in private.

The changes in the food addict behavior and physiology are similar to those caused by drug abuse. The study authors cautioned against drawing a parallel between drug and food addictions, but their work does assert that there are similarities. It also highlights the possibility that eating lots of unhealthy foods could increase your chances of becoming addicted to eating.

Addiction is not always easy to identify. The addicted brain sees food as a drug that produces feelings of pleasure, even when the body doesn’t need the calories. ca2As a result, they think about food all the time and feel guilty, ashamed, or depressed after eating.

This addiction process is complicated and can trigger the release of dopamine, a  neurotransmitter which works in the brain, regulating movement and emotions. This chemical is related to pleasure, and it creates a definite link between food and emotional well-being.

While many people overindulge from time to time, a food addict typically struggles with binge eating on a daily basis, which is not the same as eating too much at a holiday meal or having too many cookies. Food addicts may have a hard time controlling their eating, despite the desire to stop.

People with this eating disorder may use food to numb painful feelings or avoid dealing with other emotional issues. Psychotherapy may help get to the cause of ca7overeating. It can teach a person how to take care of emotions in a positive way, rather than by eating. Talk therapy can help a food addict work through their emotional issues.

It is okay to eat too much from time to time. Food addiction or binge eating disorder is different. It is an ongoing psychological problem. In most cases, eating disorders are a wrong way people face the stress management in the modern world, often generated by dissatisfaction with their body image.

Nearly half of all people with the binge eating disorder have a history of depression, although the exact nature of them is unclear. Many individuals report that anger, sadness, boredom, anxiety or other negative emotionsca9 can trigger an episode of binge eating. Impulsive behavior and other psychological problems also seem to be more common in people with binge eating disorder.

That is one mind disease and must be the bottom line through which people need to start an external help through appropriate treatment with an endocrinologist and a therapist. It is possible to practice the healing process since people keep the focus on what they want and desire, applying the right mindset, replacing old thought patterns by new ones, overcoming their limiting beliefs, often starting in their childhood.

The turn around through which people begin the healing process starts when  they admit to get better, by the right use of their willpower and determination, being imperative the help from family and friends. Often, people remain insecure not recognizing the problem for themselves.

Usually, it is a tough call since people should be aware of despite the fact that one of the biggest fears of the ego is the opinion of what others think.  It occurs because the ego needs to uphold the image it has of itself, and if others do not ca10strengthen this picture, the ego feels threatened, and people identify themselves with their image, fearing with what others think of them.

The healing process takes place when people affect don’t care what others think and may say of them anymore, since that knowing themselves, do not depend on others’ opinions, for their sense of self-worth. People need to want and desire to awaken the giant everyone has inside and do not figure out how this is possible.

Drugs like antidepressants may help address the cause of craving. However, usually, they harm more than help. Therefore, people should take care with this kind of medicines. Certain medications, such as antidepressants and specific anti-seizure drugs that can help control food cravings and urges to binge, may be useful when used along with counseling.

For instance, Vyvanse is a medication known to treat ADHD, a disorder characterized by the lack of attention and hyperactivity. It applies to this kind of addiction, but it is not clear how the drug works, then its collateral effects are ca11still unknown, even why experts aren’t sure exactly what causes eating disorders.

A mix of factors, including a person’s genes, psychology, and background, may be involved. Studies have shown that Vyvanse can help reduce the number of binge days per week. Medicines like this contribute to redeeming the body health, but when the disorder is mental, the illness got installed in mind. It demands great desire and consistency to have the health back.

Moreover, food addiction can have many negative consequences. Without treatment, someone addicted to food can struggle with obesity. Poor nutrition and obesity can lead to increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and more. Digestive problems, such as severe constipation, are very common in food addicts.

c12Dieting can lead to binge eating disorder, but we don’t know whether that alone can trigger it. Some people may be extra sensitive to food cues, such as smells or images of food. The disorder can also result from stressful or traumatic life events, such as the death of a loved one or being teased about weight.

Talking with a psychiatrist or other counselor is crucial in working on emotional issues. A cognitive behavioral therapy aims to change the negative thought patterns that can spark binge eating. It also helps to work with a nutritionist to learn healthy eating habits, keeping a food diary while the recovering goes on.

 

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “Food Addiction”

  1. It first I thought that food addiction was for people who just loved food so much. But after reading your article, I can see how it’s a mental illness that’s similar to other illnesses and addictions.

    I guess it must be difficult for people to cope with binge eating, just as it’s difficult for the ones to handle depression. It can’t be controlled unless the right medication is prescribed, and also therapy given.

    I can also see that willpower and determination also play key roles when it comes to beating the food addiction, but it’s always taking that first step that’s the hard part.

    I appreciate your article, and it will certainly help people who are suffering from this type of illness.

    Neil

    1. Hey, Neil!

      Many thanks for your comments on my “Food Addict” article. I got very happy with your contribution. I am following you at WA. Wish you high achievements and success on your marketing venture at WA. Cheers!

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  2. Hi,
    Thank you for this really useful info, you are so right about everything you say,i love the way you have done the looking in the mirror , so many people see that (such a shame).
    It must be such a horrible illness 🙁 and it pains me to think people are struggling like that everyday.
    Keep up the good work, and well done.:)

    1. Hey, Sharonci!

      I’m very thankful for your kind comments! I’m looking for to improve the website and shortly I’ll put new posts there. I invite you to cast a glance in the website once in a while. Lets keep moving forward. Cheers!

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  3. I knew that problems could lead to food addiction.

    But I didn’t know that they are also related to mental health illness.

    That’s why there should be no judging for overweight people, they’ve been through a lot than other people.

    Thanks for this post.
    Wish you all the best.

    Dario

    1. Hey, Dario!

      Many thanks for your comments on the website. You are right. Usually, any addiction should be treated as a disorder, but it is not just in the body but mainly in the soul. For this, it’s vital the family support besides the convenient medical attendance. Great!

      Karl Madek

  4. Hi Made, very good and useful information in this article. Food addiction, like any other addiction is a very serious and health threatening thing. The Obesity Pandemic across the world today is an excellent example of how dangers this addiction can be. Abstinence is a key roll in helping to deal with food addictions. Stay away from process foods, sugars, refined grains, and chocolates since these are some of the most addictive foods there are. Thank you so much for sharing this valuable information.

    1. Hey, Primo Perez!

      Many thanks for your comments. Despite their best intentions, people repeatedly find themselves eating significant amounts of unhealthy foods, even knowing that it is causing them harm. Food addiction is, quite simply, being addicted to junk food in the same way as drug addicts are addicted to drugs. The turn around through which people begin the healing process starts when they admit getting better, by the right use of their willpower and determination. , being imperative the help from family and friends. Food addiction needs to be treated like a mental illness, and the cure resides in mind, inside each one of us, being imperative for this, the help from family and friends. That’s the right way.

      I appreciated a lot your constructive feedback. I invite you to cast a glance on the site once in a while because I’ve been looking for to keep it updated regularly. Feel free to get in touch at any moment you desire. It will always be a big pleasure to me. Wish you all the Best!

      Karl Madek

  5. Hi Karl
    Great post. Clear explanation and easy to follow.
    Yes, food addiction is a serious disorder. Unfortunately, like other addictions, many individuals with this condition, try to hide their despair, instead of seeking for help.
    Thank you.

    1. Hey, Lisa!

      Many thanks for your feedback. The idea that a person can be addicted to food has recently gained increasing support. Experiments show that, for some people, the same reward and pleasure centers of the brain that are triggered by addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin are also activated by food, especially highly palatable foods, rich in sugar, fat, and salt. People who are addicted to food will continue to eat despite negative consequences, such as weight gain or damaged relationships. Food addiction is a mental illness and must be treated knowing that the cause is in mind. Through changing negative beliefs and old thought patterns, it’s possible to unleash the healing process. It also helps to work with a nutritionist to learn healthy eating habits, keeping a food diary while the recovering goes on.
      I appreciated your constructive feedback, and I invite you to cast a glance on the site once in a while. Feel free to keep in touch when you desire.

      Karl Madek

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