Two tv shows airing today (January 17, 2011) both tackle the issue of food addiction, a condition that some experts are now saying is every bit as real as other addictions such as gambling, drugs and alcohol.
Dr. Oz (shown three times in San Jose at 9 am and 3 pm on FOX 2 and 9 pm on independent channel 36) gives readers the 5 warning signs of a food addict (the show also shows the Hula Hoop exercise plan and Dr. Oz uncovers the foods that help you snooze and present the aromatherapy scents that help boost your energy and fight stress.)
"not a competition or stunt, but is rooted in the incredible real life day-to-day journeys of the participants during a lengthy treatment program.... a never-before-seen look at the unique struggles faced by dangerously obese individuals who must learn to live healthier lifestyles and understand the root of their food addictions. Through their day-to-day struggle and the voices of their loved ones, viewers will see firsthand the pain and self-doubt associated with a debilitating weight problem"
Tonight's premiere episode features Tom and Jodi, both 37 from Houston, TX, One-high school football star Tom is now 638 pounds and suffers from a myriad of issues including sleep apnea, edema and the inability to sleep more than two hours. He is desperate to get his life back before he loses it permanently. Having recently suffered a stroke, Jodi, 5-foot-6 and 363 pounds, is at a critical juncture with her health.
It's difficult to imagine any overall fitness and health program that doesn't start with creating a healthy relationship with food, so both of these shows should be of interest to the fitness-minded. Leave a comment below if you've had experience with food addiction and if either or both of these shows helped put it into perspective for you.