How to Break Food Addiction

How to Break Food AddictionA food addiction is a complicated addiction from which to recover. Food completely legal and easy to obtain unlike street drugs, and our bodies need food as fuel to keep going. A food addict cannot abstain from food and find wellness in that way. A food addiction cure is more complex. Getting professional treatment for an eating disorder is an important part of breaking away from the food addiction that puts lives and health in jeopardy.

Food Addiction Symptoms

A person that is struggling with binge eating or compulsive overeating is generally adept at hiding this or her eating disorder. If you suspect that your loved one has an addiction to food, recognizing some of the classic binge eating symptoms can put you in a better position to provide him or her with the help needed. Symptoms of food addiction or compulsive overeating may include the following:

  • Compulsive overeaters will eat large volumes of food, even if they claim that they are full
  • They will often eat very quickly
  • A sense of shame about behavior often accompanies compulsive overeating, and food addicts may eat alone or try to hide the fact that they are eating
  • Frequently going on new diets and that rarely have weight loss results are a sign of food addiction
  • Depression and anxiety often go hand-in-hand with binge eating disorders
  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders including sleep apnea are frequently seen in combination with eating disorders

A binge eating addiction is different from bulimia. While a person who is struggling with bulimia may overeat and go on binges, he or she will also try to compensate for the increased food intake by throwing up, using laxatives or engaging in excessive exercise.

Getting Treatment for Food Addiction

If you have recognized compulsive overeating symptoms or another eating disorder in yourself or someone you love, reach out for help. There are many eating disorder complications that are potentially life-threatening if help is not sought. Complications can include the following:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity

Eating Disorder and Addiction Helpline

Finding help for yourself or someone you love is as easy as giving us a call. Calls are toll free and are confidentially handled by counselors who are familiar with eating disorders and food addictions. A healthier and happier life is possible. We are here 24 hours a day to help you get started.