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Food Addiction

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An individual who suffer from a food addiction or binge disorder has an obsessive and compulsive relationship with food.

It is similar to alcohol and drug addiction but the addiction is to food not a substance.
Addicts have a preoccupation with food, the availability of food and the anticipation of the good feelings derived from eating food. People with food binge eating disorder report more health issues, stress, insomnia, and suicidal thoughts than people without an eating disorder.

When a food addict is are not actually eating, they are thinking about their next snack or meal, craving certain kinds of foods. People with food disorder are embarrassed and ashamed of their eating habits, so they often try to hide their symptoms and eat in secret
It is worthy to note that not all food addicts have bulimia, which is characterized by consuming large quantities of food and then purging.?

Food Addictioni Symptoms Include:

• Eating when not hungry
• Hiding food for later
• Cravingsi for certain kinds of foods
• Eating when feeling down or depressed
• Eating in secret
• Eating when feeling unpleasant emotions
• Feeling guilty about how much you eat
• Binging and purging
• Turning to food to relieve stress
• Eating foods that are known to be harmful
• Experiencing feelings of guilt

Effects of Food Addiction
Many food disorder eaters are overweight or obese, but some are of normal weight.
Often times the food addict suffers from low self-esteem or depression, they typically unhappy with their body image or looks. Some people with food addiction issue are generally depressed to the extent that they consider or even attempt suicide as they find it impossible to overcome a compulsive eating disorder.
After eating the person feels guilty and often more depressed. To feel better, they turn to food, and the cycle repeats.

Medications:
Medication is not a cure for food addiction eating disorder. A number of medications may be useful in helping to treat binge eating disorder symptoms as part of a comprehensive treatment program.
 
Three types of therapy are particularly helpful in the treatment of binge eating disorder:
Cognitive-behavioral therapy
Dialectical behavior therapy
Interpersonal psychotherapy
Group therapyi
Support groups
 
Get treatment or support:
food disorder eaters and binge eaters are more likely to succumb to food triggers if they lack a solid support network or have not received treatment.
Talking about the problem as with any addiction helps, even if it’s not with a professional.
Lean on family and friends, join a support group, and if possible consult a professional therapist.

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