What is Food Addiction?

what is food addiction
Addicted to food?

Certain foods have an effect on the brain just like cocaine or cigarettes. and can lead people towards food addiction.

People can get addicted to food.

This is a very serious problem and one of the main reasons why some people just can’t control themselves around certain foods, no matter how hard they try.

Think about it, so many people aren’t able to stop eating even if they really want to. It seems like the cycles of binge eating and dieting continues forever.

 

Lack of willpower?

Umm, no.

This uncontrollable craving for food usually comes from eating lots of refined carbohydrates, primarily sugar and flour substances.

Somehow these foods become addictive to a person.

Therefore, just like any other addiction, people can’t seem to stop eating them even if they really want to.

Keep in mind, the idea that a person can be addicted to food is not new but whenever it is brought up, it gets dismissed as a ‘lack of will power’ issue.

The effects of compulsive eating on the pleasure centers of the brain are being studied with modern techniques. 

Now, it’s only a matter of time since we can prove it by scientific research.

Moreover, current research shows that for some people, the same reward and pleasure centers of the brain that are triggered by heavy drugs like cocaine and heroin, are also activated by foods rich in salt, sugar, and fat.

“If you get stimulated by food, guess what happens? You can easily fall into a pattern of compulsive eating”

 

Baloney, I’m not addicted to food

  1. Do you frequently get cravings, despite feeling full and having just eaten a full meal?
  2. Are you frequently overeating to the point of feeling excessively “stuffed”?
  3. Can you fulfill the commitment to stop eating particular foods?

Yes, yes, no…..Uh-oh!?

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Don’t blame the addict

Food addiction is likely caused by several factors that go hand in hand together.

Biological causes like hormonal imbalances, abnormalities in various brain structures, side effects from the use of certain medications, etc. Psychological factors might include emotional abuse, having an inability to healthily cope with negative situations, chronic low-self esteem, or experiencing grief or loss. Social factors such as disturbances in the family, peer pressure or societal pressure, social isolation, lack of social support, and stressful life events.

Moreover, it’s also associated with other co-occurring disorders, such as eating disorders or substance abuse. These can influence an individual to use food as a coping mechanism.

 

Blame the Processed Food Industry

For decades, scientists of the Processed Food Industry have been working hard to find out how to get people hooked on their product.

The goal of the industry scientists is to find the ‘Bliss Point’, the perfect combination of Sugar, Salt & Fat in a food product that makes it irresistible.  

Hence, Lays Potato Chips have that slogan,”No one can eat just one”.

They know because they spent millions testing their potato chips for the perfect flavor and consistency.

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, author of The Flavor Point Diet. Check it out.

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Cure food addiction

 

Of course, we need food to live

Becoming dependent on certain foods as strongly as we do with drugs is obviously concerning. It’s more concerning because it’s very easy to overlook.

Do you think there are more sugar addicts in the world than cocaine users?

Most people would agree.

There isn’t any government department conducting a ‘War on Sugar’. 

Mostly, because it’s not as noticeable and dangerous as other drug addictions. 

However, a third of Americans are overweight.

“Most kids growing up in the intercities have never seen a Cauliflower in their lives even though they have the menus at KFC memorized”

 

4 Ways To Beat Your Food Addiction

  1. Recognize the foods that drive hunger
  2. Eat only natural foods
  3. Eat only when you’re hungry
  4. Don’t go it alone

 

1. Recognize the foods that drive hunger
Avoid these foods, they disturb the biology of the body and turns off the satiation mechanism. Hence, we constantly feel hungry. Once you correct for the biology, erratic hunger goes away.

2. Eat only natural foods
NO processed crap, please only natural whole foods. Processed foods are the problem, avoid them at all costs. Otherwise, they will set your body off balance, make you hungry and you’ll overeat.

3. Eat only when you’re hungry
One classic tool that weight loss experts use to teach people how to better manage their appetite is the hunger scale. Eat when you’re hungry, recognize that you are full, then stop. Sounds easy but it’s very difficult for addicts, as they end up overeating all too easily. Remember, practice makes perfect. Eat slowly, take your time, enjoy the food and then consciously stop when full. Over time you’re going to see that it gets easier.

4. Don’t go it alone
Ask for help and support from your near and dear ones, don’t go it alone. It’s essential to stop using food to cope with your feelings. Only therapy is going to help solve an unhealthy coping strategy. Talk to someone about it. Many organizations and groups are there to help, having nutritional and medical counseling, individual and group psychotherapy, etc. Programs like Overeaters Anonymous and Food Addicts Anonymous do some wonderful work in this area. They have good resources as well.

“The focus needs to be on establishing healthy eating patterns. Start identifying emotional issues, developing effective coping strategies for dealing with stress and anxiety, and providing support and guidance for long-term recovery”

 

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