Food Addiction Treatment

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Food addiction is a pathological disorder involving the excessive craving and compulsive consumption of food. People with a food addiction put themselves at great risk, not only because of the amount of food consumed, but the type of foods themselves. Food Addiction Treatment

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People with a food addiction realize that their eating behaviors are destructive, but they continue the harmful cycle. Food addiction has both physiological and psychological components. Food addiction can affect men and women of all ages and races. Surprisingly, people addicted to food are not always obese or overweight; they can be underweight or normal weight. What they all share in common is an unhealthy obsession with food.

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The obese individual with a food addiction may be lethargic and sedentary, unable to move comfortably or freely. The underweight person might be bulimic, purging their food to avoid weight gain. The personal with a food addiction may even experience periods of anorexia where they severely restrict their food intake. The person that appears to be at a healthy, normal weight, may in fact, be completely obsessed with food and their weight. For this person, eating is not enjoyable, it is a misery, involving a fixation on calories, fat and body image.

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Many individuals have what may be termed “food allergies.” These are trigger foods which when ingested cause negative symptoms and changes in the body but at the same time provoke cravings. The individual, for instance, the diabetic, may be made “sick” by the intake of sugar, but will still continue to crave it and eat it in excess, with adverse effects. Studies are also continuing regarding certain proteins in milk and wheat which when ingested produce narcotic-like effects. These chemicals mimic the body’s natural painkillers, endorphins, and have thus been termed “exorphins.” Individuals may be suffering from depression, low self-esteem or loneliness; they will find a high when ingesting large quantities of food or certain foods such as salt or chocolate. The immediate high gives way to a sick feeling or guilt, leading to more depression. Because the addict is out of control, he or she will turn once again to the same eating patterns in a conscious or unconscious effort to feel better.

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Food addicts come equally from all age, race, and gender groups. They are overweight, underweight, and some of normal weight. They are linked by their obsession with food. The obese individual suffers humiliation due to excess weight; they may be lethargic and sedentary unable to move around freely. The underweight person may be bulimic; though they eat obsessively, they are so afraid of becoming overweight that they will induce vomiting, take laxatives, or exercise compulsively to prevent weight gain. They may also alternate with periods of anorexia, refraining from food to control their weight. The person of normal weight while appearing normal may be obsessed with food, constantly thinking about what to eat or how much they weigh. The entire subject of food is a misery to them; they count calories compulsively, eating without enjoyment.

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