A food addiction is any disorder characterized by a preoccupation with food. Among the disorders associated with food addiction are anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive eating. Food addicts gain pleasure from the anticipation, availability, and ingestion of food.
Food addicts can also be obsessed with the amount of food they eat, with body weight, and image. There are times when a food addict will not even realize that they are addicted to food. To them, it is a way of life and not a problem. It is only in intervention from family and friends that the food addict will be able to admit to themselves they have a problem.
I also found some symptoms of food addiction...
Food Addiction Symptoms
If you suspect you or someone you know of having a food addiction, here are some early warning signs for you to look for to help you with early detection of food addiction.
Obsessed with thoughts about food.
Eats to relieve worry or stress.
Eats until they feel sick.
Feels anxious while eating.
Worries or feels anxious while eating which results in more eating.
Overeats because the food is there.
Eats too fast so they can eat more.
Eats everything on the plate even when they feel full.
Feels guilty when they overeat.
Hides food so they can eat in secret away from other people.
Goes on a food binge after dieting or after trying to cut back.
Does not like the feeling of being hungry.
Sees food as something to be avoided or as harmful
HELLO! That is me in a nutshell! I AM A FOOD ADDICT! It's crazy...but, knowing that I am a food addict seems to help me understand what I have been going through. Does that make any sense? Yes, I am an emotional eater. That is a symptom of a food addict. I feel like my eyes have finally been opened. Now, I just have to find out what to do about my addiction. I feel good about my recent weight loss. Coutning calories has made me feel like I am doing something positive for myself. I just need to figure out what do do with my new found realization that I am an addict. More soul searching and research is needed. But, I feel like I am on the right track.