Detrimental Effects of Food Addiction on Your Body

Categories: Food Addiction

effects of food addictionWho says addiction to food does not cause anything?  I hate to break it to you but there are is a plethora of possible detrimental effects of food addiction on your body.  The consequences range from something as minor as tooth decay to something as terrible, severe and grave as cancer.  This article aims to enlighten and discuss just two of the many possible harmful ramifications brought about by food addiction.



Effects of Food Addiction

When left uncontrolled, food addiction causes several ailments that may cause adverse effects to your body in the long run.  Some of them are listed below.

Sleep Apnea

What is sleep apnea and how is this connected to food addiction?  This is a condition where breathing is affected when a person is sleeping.  Usually, breathing is momentarily disrupted in the midst of sleep.  The interruption or disruption of breathing typically lasts for about 10 to 20 seconds and happens up to hundred times per night.

As a result, a person suffering from sleep apnea usually takes less duration for deep sleep which the body needs for restoring and repairing damaged cells in the body.  Apart from cell restoration, this much needed deep sleep also provides energy for the next day.

Lack of deep sleep causes inattentiveness, lethargy, slow reflexes, and more.  In the long run, sleep apnea leads to hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes.  But with the proper steps, you can eventually get rid of this sleeping disorder.

Why are people with food addiction prone to sleep apnea?  The reason is that one of the effects of food addiction is obesity.  More often than not, obese people have more than enough tissue in the rear of their throat.  This excess tissue can drop and obstruct the passage of air as they doze.

The best solution to this problem is to control your food addiction.  Doing so will help you maintain a healthy weight, eliminate excess tissue, and therefore lessen the chances of having sleep apnea.


Digestive Problems

Why or how do food addicts acquire digestive problems?  If you are still unaware by now, food addicts usually consume foods that are high in processed sugar, salts, and fats.  These foods are usually the go-to food as they can trigger the release of happy hormones in our system.  Apart from that, once a food addict starts devouring a piece of those foods, there is just no stopping them.

Processed or refined foods are generally stripped off nutrients that are much needed by the body.  These nutrients include cobalt, chromium, magnesium, zinc, and more.  When the body is deprived or deficient of these nutrients, it is too difficult for the body to digest foods especially the carbohydrates.  Those that are not absorbed by the body stimulate bacteria growth that causes indigestion and bloating.

Did you know that our body gets stressed out if we eat too much, too fast, and too unhealthy foods?  Yes, you read that right.  Just like human beings that get burned out when under stress, our tummies feel the same way too.

When we eat too much, our digestive system becomes too overworked to a point of not functioning according properly.  To avoid consequences of food addiction such as this, one way to solve this is to eat only what our body needs (or for food addicts, moderate food consumption and/or control your food addiction.)



These are just two of the many effects of food addiction that one might suffer from.  Don’t let this happen to you.  Come clean and face the reality of being addicted to food.  Remember that the first step to overcoming any trials is to tell yourself that you need help and that you need to take care of yourself.  Your family, loved ones, and friends can always come to your aid and support you during this very trying time.  There are also many treatments or solutions that you can opt for.

Also, this site has articles that can give you advice and tips to manage your food addiction.  If you have any questions, feel free to comment or shoot us an email.  We are always willing to help.

You can do it my friend.  You can cure or even skip the effects of food addiction if you are willing to try and help yourself.  Good luck.


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 If you have questions about this site or suggestions for improvement, please feel free to contact her.