Food Addiction & Compulsive Overeating Treatment

Within the professional community there is considerable debate as to what exactly the term "food addiction" represents. Those of us who approach compulsive overeating and related eating disorders from an addictions perspective have come to realize most "food addicts" do not handle highly processed [junk] food the way non-food addicts do. Briefly stated, most compulsive overeaters tend to become dependent, not upon food, but rather specific foods that are laden with sugar and/or flour [high glycemic foods]. A few others may attempt to sidestep this addiction and find themselves dependent on excessive volumes of foods.

Signs and symptoms Food Addiction / Compulsive Overeating

• Preoccupation with food.
• Tendency to overeat sugar/flour products or trouble with volume
• Rapid eating or eating constantly [grazing]
• Sneaking or hoarding food - even immediately after meals.
• Feeling ashamed or fearful when confronted about the problem.
• Body Image Shame [Shame about size / body weight / appearance]
• Sense of "losing control" with food and weight.
• Feeling lonely, depressed, worried, preoccupied.
• Spending a great deal of time alone / social isolation
• Claiming continued hunger despite adequate food consumption
• Social Isolation

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