Do I Have an Eating Disorder Called Food Addiction?

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Do I have an eating disorder“Do I have an eating disorder called food addiction?”  Do you often ask yourself that question? Or are you still in the dark and unsure if such an addiction exists?  Yes, my dear friends.  Food addiction is real and it can happen to anyone you know.

Do I Have an Eating Disorder: 7 Strong Indicators

Are you still uncertain if you are addicted to food?  Stop asking yourself “Do I have an eating disorder?” and, check and see if the 7 telltale signs below manifests in your behavior.

  1. Extreme hankering even when already sated.  After eating a balanced meal composed of meat, fruits, and vegetables, you still find yourself wanting to eat a small slice (or two) of cake.  It is only natural to get cravings even after a full and satisfying meal. However, if this occurs frequently and you have difficulty controlling it, then this may be a problem.
  2. Consuming more than you aim or plan to. Eating small bites or teeny tiny portions of your choice of junk food will not hurt you.  This is if you do it in moderation.  Unfortunately for some, eating bite-size or small portions of treats is far too impossible to even try.  One small bite of your favorite chocolate chip cookie turns into 15 cookies.  Now, tell me.  Do you see yourself in this example?
  3. Eating until you are unreasonably full.  Your tummy is already full after several courses of meal but you give in to your cake craving.  You are done with one, two, three slices of that sweet chocolate treat but you still eat more.  You keep going and going until your craving is finally satisfied.  But by the time you finally stop, you realize that you ate too much to the point that you feel like your belly is about to pop.
  4. Justifying your act of surrendering to your food addiction.  That cup of ice cream is really enticing that you decide to go for it.  But your head says “NO!  It’s not yet cheat day.  Please wait until Sunday”.  You already made a firm resolve of abstaining from your favorite unhealthy food but the pull of your craving is much too strong for your willpower.   To keep yourself from feeling guilty, you make up excuses in your mind just so your caving in to temptation is justified.
  5. Feeling sorry for giving in to temptation but still eating more after.  Feeling sorry or guilty about something is a good sign.  Why?  Because it only means that you realize that you are doing something wrong or against your ideals.  The bad thing here is that you stomp on this bad feeling and carry on with your food addiction and consume more than you need to…AGAIN.  “Do I have an eating disorder?”  Are you still asking this question after this example?
  6. Establishing rules but never really following them.  Do you remember saying any of this?  “One small bite of this chocolate bar will do.”, “Just a taste of that ice cream sundae will do”, “Sunday is cheat day.  ONLY one cheat day and it does not mean that I can cheat ALL DAY LONG.”  “I will only eat junk food on holidays.”  Are they familiar to you?  These rules are NOT followed most of the time.
  7. Having health problems but controlling the addiction is still impossible.  Food addiction or compulsive overeating will eventually take its toll on your body.  Some negative but less detrimental effects are acne, fatigue, weight gain, and other problems.  In the long run, those small health problems will gradually lead to coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.  If you have one of those health problems but you still can’t moderate your unhealthy food intake, then it probably means that you are indeed addicted to food.

Yale University Food Addiction Scale

Do you see yourself in the examples of these 7 strong indicators of food addiction?  Can you finally answer the question “Do I have an eating disorder called food addiction”?  If you still can’t respond to this question, you might want to click here to check.  This link directs you to a scale to test if you have food addiction.  Afterwards, click here to have your results explained.  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.