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Food addiction is more than just eating a little extra daily. Food addicts binge eat because they are never truly satisfied with the amount of food they consume. You could think of food addiction as if it were an addiction to drugs. The food is the addict’s drug and escape from reality and when they eat they feel at ease with life and satisfied until they get to eat again. It is not only obese people that are food addicts. A food addict can be tiny children, teens, middle age people, and even the elderly addiction to drugs. The food is the addict’s drug and escape from reality and when they eat they feel at ease with life and satisfied until they get to eat again. It is not only obese people that are food addicts. A food addict can be tiny children, teens, middle age people, and even the elderly.

Food Addiction and Its Effects

Just like any other addict, food addicts need to get treatment. Food addiction signs and symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Obsessed thoughts about food
  • Overeating because the food is present
  • Feeling of guilt after they overeat or binge
  • Eating quickly to make sure they get seconds
  • Hiding food so the addict can eat in secret away from other people

Food addicts run a high risk of getting diabetes, having clogged arteries, becoming obese and killing themselves unintentionally through the unhealthy diet they have.

What is An Addiction?

Addiction is marked by an overwhelming and compulsive desire to ingest or partake in a substance or activity. Alcohol, drug (legal or illegal), sex, food, shopping and gambling are some of the more common addictions people struggle with. Professional help is strongly suggested when the need to partake in a substance or activity interferes with daily life.

Addictions, particularly those to drugs or alcohol, are serious illnesses. They bring the risk of serious medical complications, including death. Fortunately, drug and alcohol addictions are responsive to medical treatment. An alcohol or drug detox program may be prescribed as the first step of recovery. The detox period should be medically supervised, as withdrawal symptoms are common. A rehabilitation program is usually recommended. In-patient and out-patient programs are both available. An addiction counselor can help you find the right program for your situation. An addiction to activities can also be dangerous to your emotional, social and financial well-being. Therapy and support groups can help you come to terms with your problem behaviors and develop tools for overcoming them. It is important to be truthful with yourself and others in order to change.

It can be difficult to admit we have problem behaviors to ourselves. Here are some signs that you may have an addiction.

  • Do you need to do it more often than you used to feel the same results?
  • Do you sometimes lose control and take/do more than you intended?
  • Do you think of it frequently?
  • Have you skipped work, school or social obligations because of it?
  • Is there a history of addictive personalities in your family?
  • Do you do it to help cope with feelings, stress or sleep issues?
  • Are your friends or loved ones concerned about it?
  • Do you do it alone or hide it from others?
  • Does it cause you to regret words or actions?
  • Has it caused you trouble with the law?
  • Do you feel it is impacting your life in a negative way?
  • Have you unsuccessfully tried to stop?

Food AddictionAccepting that you have an addiction problem and taking the steps to get help can be very difficult. Help is available and you do not have to do it on your own. Recovery is possible for everyone. A solid support system, including friends, family, therapists and medical professionals, is important to your long-term success.

An eating addiction, or compulsive overeating, is when one is eating out of their own control. It is not something that you take lightly; it can be just as dangerous as some drug addictions.  Both types of addiction are very similar in that they are both sometimes means of suppressing or compensating for something lacking in the person’s life.  An eating addiction can lead to several health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and even a heart attack.

Eating and Food Addiction Treatment Steps

The biggest issue when dealing with an eating addiction is determining the difference in physically being hungry and being hungry due to emotional reasons. The first step for an individual with an eating addiction might be to keep a journal. In this journal, he or she should write down daily what they had to eat when they ate it, how much they ate, and why they ate. When an individual does this and looks back at this journal he or she can see how much they are really consuming a day, and determine if they were really hungry or if something happened that caused them to think they were hungry.

For other individuals, who have a more severe eating addiction, a more serious treatment may be needed. For some individuals, the only way to overcome their eating addiction is to seek professional help, preferably from an inpatient treatment center that specializes in addiction treatment.  At an inpatient treatment center for eating addiction treatment, clients receive specialized counseling in order to find the cause for his or her eating addiction. Once this cause is determined, the recovery process can begin. Those battling any type of addiction should seek addiction treatment as soon as possible.

Addiction Is Serious

Addiction under any circumstance can ruin a person’s life, and even though many people think of food addiction as a joke, it is not. Food addicts have lost their houses, families, friends, jobs, and finances due to their eating addiction, but the ultimate pain is when the addict’s health is in jeopardy because of the unhealthy eating habits they put on themselves.

If someone you know and love has a food addiction problem, needs to get the treatment they can get from a food addiction treatment center. Before food addiction takes over your loved one’s life, help them make the change towards a healthier lifestyle, free of the need for food.  Contact us today!

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