What to Do if You Are Addicted to Food: Understanding Food Addiction

Food addiction is a condition that many people find difficult to understand.  Many people have unhealthy eating habits and difficulties with food. Still, it can be tricky to determine whether an individual merely struggles with eating or whether they are addicted to food.  Food addiction is a pathological disorder characterized by the compulsive or excessive craving for and consumption of food.  Food addiction is only present when the food intake itself is abnormal and when the cravings for foods are out of control and harmful to the individual.

Alcohol and drug abuse are typically more common than food addiction.  However, individuals can be addicted to food in the same way they are addicted to substances.  If you are concerned that you or someone you may know is a food addict, several things are to look for. First, when someone is addicted to food, they become physiologically and mentally dependent upon eating and feel a complete loss of control. Their lives revolve around food and when their next meal will be.

Someone with a food addiction tends to overeat and usually consumes unhealthy meals that can send the brain and body into overdrive, causing many physical complications.

If you know that you’re eating habits are unhealthy but continue to engage in the destructive behavior anyways, you may be addicted to food. Unfortunately, many individuals with a food addiction also suffer from other mental disorders, such as anxiety, depression, or substance abuse.  At Passages, we help our clients overcome food addiction with therapy by modifying eating patterns and lifestyles and a manageable exercise program.

Non-12-Step Addiction Rehab at Passages

Passages Malibu is an alternative to traditional rehab that provides a holistic, client-centered approach to addiction treatment. Find lasting healing through our model of care and experiential therapies. You will uncover the root causes of your addiction, and we will provide you with tools for lifelong sobriety and change. We can help you turn your life around and find hope again. Call 888–438–0596 today for more information.

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