Am I Addicted To Food?

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Am I Addicted To Food?

 

am i addicted to foodFood is one of life’s temptresses that can be difficult to avoid. We have to eat in order to survive, but food tends to push us beyond our needs for survival and we begin indulging beyond our wants for food. We all have a tendency to over do the sweets from time to time, but how do you know when you have began to lose control? How can you tell when you have crossed the line between enjoying food and being addicted to food?  What is you answer every time you ask yourself “Am I addicted to food”?

 

Food addiction is a very serious issue that is raising concern through the American Dietetic society and is being compared to have the same impulsive behaviors as those who are addicted to drugs. This guide will help you answer the question: Am I addicted to food?

 

Am I Addicted to Food – Signs

One of the first signs of food addiction is pushing your body’s limits. Your body is designed to run on food and let you know when you are hungry and running on empty. Once you eat something, your body begins to register there is food in your stomach and you get the sensation of being full.

 

When you begin ignoring your body’s signals that are telling you that it is full and continue to eat even though you are not hungry, you may have a food addiction. Most people with a food addiction will eat when they are not hungry because they are triggered by emotion and stress.

 

If you begin to feel embarrassed by how much food you eat, it may signal that you have a food addiction. People with a food addiction begin to recognize that they eat more then others around them. They may develop a sense of shame in eating and sometimes even begin hiding to eat. Some cases of food addiction show hiding food around the house, sometimes even in the toilet allowing food addicts to hide how much they eat from those around them.

 

Once food addiction begins, like other addictions, it can be difficult to stop. Eventually your body will register that you are no longer picking up on the hunger and full signals that it sends to your brain. At this point, your brain will take over acting solely on your impulses to eat and begin telling you to eat more and more. People with a food addiction may begin to feel out of control and that they cannot stop eating.

 

Most people picture food addiction as people who are eating everything in sight. When you think of addiction, you think of doing anything you can to get food and walking through a supermarket could almost be a danger. However, with food addiction this is not the case.

 

Most people with food addictions will crave only select foods, sometimes known as comfort foods. They will harbor these foods and indulge in an eating binge only with what they crave.

 

As mentioned earlier, emotions can play a strong role in eating. This works when you begin feeling emotional distress and cling to your comfort foods for support. After a while of using this cycle, your brain begins to register food as a stress fixer and begins to crave it at the first sight of stress. After a while the body begins to feel a relief of emotions after they indulge in certain foods.

 

Another sign of food addiction is when you begin to lose control over your thoughts. Our brains are capable of processing different thoughts based on what goes on around us. But when food begins to take over, it is possible you may be suffering from a food addiction. If you find yourself thinking of food even though you just finished eating, you are on the verge of losing control.

 

The last symptom creates one of the biggest problems for food addicts because they get caught inside a cycle. Those who are addicted to eating often wish they can stop, even though they cant. When eating begins to affect a person’s weight, the person begins to develop a sense of disgust with them and their self-esteem begins to lower.

 

Once they have a low-self esteem, their brain signals emotional distress that causes the person to eat.  This cycle is easily triggered and once it is triggered, it is difficult to stop. The media showing off perfect swimsuit bodies can be depressing to someone with an eating addiction that will cause them to eat, which will begin the cycle by lowering their self-esteem.

 

Food can be just as addicting than any illegal drug in the world. Food doesn’t have side effects and tastes delicious. We all love to indulge in our favorite foods every once in a while, but we have to know our limits to recognize when an innocent snack crosses the line to become a problem. Over eating can cause health problems that can be hard to shake. By recognizing your eating addiction, you are taking the first step to recovery.

Doriet von Fircks

About the author

Doriet von Fircks is a health practitioner and a nutrition expert.
She specializes in food related problems, such as food addiction.
After reading many articles about food addiction, especially lots of scientific journals, she realized that there was hardly any discussion about food addiction from a scientific perspective.
She updates the site frequently, ensuring that the latest scientific findings are always featured on FoodAddictionScience.com. If you have questions about this site or suggestions for improvement, please feel free to contact her.