What many Canadians may be surprised to learn, is just like drug addiction, food addiction is something which can be treated in a rehabilitation center.
However, unlike being in a facility, treating food addiction is more of a behavioral modification program which is enforced by a trained professional.
In order to treat food addiction, you should first learn about the symptoms exhibited by a compulsive overeater.
Signs of Addiction
Secret bingeing, hiding food, feeling guilty after an overeating ‘episode’, looking for food as a means to deal with emotions like depression and shame – all of these are the signs of a food addict.
If you think that you are exhibiting signs of food addiction, you can get the help of a nutritionist, dietician, a general practitioner, a psychologist, a counsellor or an expert in eating disorders.
If you think that you are just on the verge of being a food addict but you are not quite there yet, you can modify your eating behavior in order to resolve the problem. Try to exercise, drink plenty of water and incorporate a lot of fruits and vegetables in your diet.
Whenever you feel the need to eat, think of another activity that will keep you occupied.
Finally, once your hunger is appeased, try not to overindulge and eat even more food even though you are already full. With the easy accessibility of food in homes and offices, it is quite easy to fall into the trap of food addiction.
However, with enough discipline and by recognizing the earliest signs of food addiction, you can do what you have to do in order to put a stop to this behavior which is destructive to your health.