FOOD ADDICTION

FOOD ADDICTION

Food addiction or binge-eating disorder is a serious health condition in which you are unable to stop eating.

Nearly all of us eat more on some special occasions or holiday meals. However, some people take large amounts of food and it becomes a habit.

No matter how you try to control eating, this food addiction may drive you to overeating. This disorder can be treated with the help of various treatments.

Symptoms

It is interesting to note that some people with food addiction are at normal weight, while others are overweight or obese.

 

Emotional and behavioral symptoms of food addiction are listed below:

 

  • Eating large amounts of food in a short time
  • Feeling that you can’t control your eating behavior
  • Eating even though you are not hungry or are full
  • Eating faster during binge-eating episodes
  • Dieting that does not result to weight loss
  • Feeling ashamed, depressed, guilty, disgusted or upset regarding your eating behavior
  • Often eating secretly or alone

 

The severity of this disorder is measured based on the occurrences of binge-eating episodes in a week’s time.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis involves a discussion about your eating habits and other psychological evaluations by your doctor.

To determine the possible consequences of food addiction, your doctor will do tests for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, sleeping disorders and GERD.

These tests will consists of:

  • A physical examination
  • Blood and urine tests
  • A consultation from a sleep disorder center

 

Treatment

The main aim of the treatment is to reduce the urge to eat more and form healthy eating habits.

As this disorder can result in shame, poor self-esteem and other negative emotions, psychological therapy will be recommended.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT can help your recover from negative emotions and improve your mood. It also helps you form and maintain healthy eating patterns.

Interpersonal psychotherapy

Unhealthy relationships and poor communication skills can trigger binge-eating. This therapy can help you in relating to others and in improving your interpersonal skills.

Dialectical behavior therapy

This therapy may help you endure stress, control your emotions and nurture your relationships with others. Eventually, all these can prevent binge eating episodes.

 

Medications

  • Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate
  • Topiramate
  • Antidepressants

Though these medicines can help you to overcome food addiction, they can’t reduce your body weight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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