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7 Interesting Things You Never Knew About Food Addiction

Mental Wellbeing
Lakshmi Devan
2 min read

7 Interesting Things You Never Knew About Food Addiction

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There is a difference between being a foodie, and being a food addict.

The difference between food addiction and all other addictions is that the recovery process in case of all the others involves a complete abstinence from the ‘entity’ causing the addiction, whereas in the case of food addiction, it is not possible, because we need food for survival. And yes, it is possible to be addicted to food. Food addiction is an unhealthy obsession with food. People addicted to food will find themselves preoccupied with food – thinking about it, planning meals way in advance, and obviously eating it, much like a serial killer would stalk his victim, plan the murder meticulously, and obviously murder the person.

And on that rather morbid note, here are a few things you didn’t know about food addiction:

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  1. The withdrawal symptoms from food addiction are the same as any other addiction – headaches, insomnia, irritability, depression, and mood swings.
  2. Food addicts do realise that their obsession with, and consumption of large amounts of food is not healthy, but feel helpless.
  3. Addicts admit to feeling anxious while eating large amounts of food, because they realise they’re doing something wrong, but end up eating even more to deal with the anxiety and guilt.
  4. Most food addicts find excuses to eat, or use foods as an escape from situations or to deal with situations, and get into a pattern of eating that they are unable to break.
  5. Often, emotional eating gets mistaken for food addiction, but the truth is that both of them differ from each other in a lot of ways:
  • Emotional eating is a pattern of eating in response to emotions, typically negative.
  • Emotional eaters don’t show the same level of preoccupation as food addicts.
  • Emotional eaters may also not feel the same ‘high’ as addicts would.

6. Abstinence in the case of food addiction is not complete abstinence, but a planned and disciplined way of eating that is meant to release the patient from all obsessions and self-abuse.

7. The chances of relapsing in case of food addiction are more than any other addiction, because of the patient’s everyday dealings with food.

There is no magic pill, no quick remedy for food addiction, and treatment is a continuous process wherein the patient makes a little progress each day. Addictions, in general, require professional intervention, and only a registered psychologist and nutritionist will be able to help you break the vicious cycle. But don’t lose hope, for hope and family support, along with a little bit of dedication, will take you a long way.

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