There are many addictions that we are familiar such as alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling and pornography. What the general public isn't aware of is that there are numerous addictions.
Typically when an addict feels they have beaten one addiction, alcoholism for example, without working a healthy 12 Step program, the previous addiction is replaced with another such as excessive smoking, gaming or food (which is disguised in consuming an abundant amounts of sugar, fat and salt). Read what WebMD has discovered.
Experiments in animals and humans show that, for some people, the same reward and pleasure centers of the brain that are triggered by addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin are also activated by food, especially highly palatable foods. Highly palatable foods are foods rich in:
Like addictive drugs, highly palatable foods trigger feel-good brain chemicals such as dopamine. Once people experience pleasure associated with increased dopamine transmission in the brain's reward pathway from eating certain foods, they quickly feel the need to eat again.
The reward signals from highly palatable foods may override other signals of fullness and satisfaction. As a result, people keep eating, even when they're not hungry.
People who show signs of food addiction may also develop a tolerance to food. They eat more and more, only to find that food satisfies them less and less.
Scientists believe that food addiction may play an important role in obesity. But normal-weight people may also struggle with food addiction. Their bodies may simply be genetically programmed to better handle the extra calories they take in. Or they may increase their physical activity to compensate for overeating.
People who are addicted to food will continue to eat despite negative consequences, such as weight gain or damaged relationships. And like people who are addicted to drugs or gambling, people who are addicted to food will have trouble stopping their behavior, even if they want to or have tried many times to cut back.
Signs of Food Addiction
Researchers at Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Science & Policy have developed a questionnaire to identify people with food addictions.
Here's a sample of questions that can help determine if you have a food addiction. Do these actions apply to you? Do you:
End up eating more than planned when you start eating certain foods
Keep eating certain foods even if you're no longer hungry
Eat to the point of feeling ill
Worry about not eating certain types of foods or worry about cutting down on certain types of foods
When certain foods aren't available, go out of your way to obtain them
The questionnaire also asks about the impact of your relationship with food on your personal life. Do these situations apply to you:
You eat certain foods so often or in such large amounts that you start eating food instead of working, spending time with the family, or doing recreational activities.
You avoid professional or social situations where certain foods are available because of fear of overeating.
You have problems functioning effectively at your job or school because of food and eating.
Dopamine is a key brain chemical responsible for feelings of joy and happiness, something the addict lacks due to shame and guilt.
There is a tremendous program to assist in overcoming food addiction. Frankly there is no known remedy to irradiating the addict other than a 12 Step recovery program. There are as many 12 Step programs as there are addictions.
The tried and true remedy is to sit amount like minded individuals who struggle with the same issues. Assisting, supporting and caring for each other is one of the most successful tool for overcoming all addictions.
All 12 Step programs are anonymous. Each individual keeps the privacy of themselves and fellow addicts in the rooms confidential. This too is successful due to the fact that no one in the room wants to be exposed. The 12 Step recovery rooms are a safe place to share issues, experience, strength and hope for all who suffer.
Be encouraged to seek help for yourself. Stop listening to those recorded messages in your head that are telling repeating lies about your personhood. You are the only one who can make the first step towards recovery. You are worth it! Google Food Addition Recovery and find a meeting near. Attend six consecutive meeting before making a decision if it's right for you.
Be good to yourself. God doesn't make junk. If you give Him a chance to touch your life through a recovery program you will not be disappointed.