Today, there is an annual increase in the incidence of obesity all over the world. With the national post reporting that one in 20 Canadians is a food addict, there is cause for alarm.
Food Addiction & Obesity
One of the factors which contribute to obesity, both in children and in adults, is addiction to junk food. Junk food can be classified as anything which is loaded with fat, calories, salt and sugar without any nutritional value that can be obtained from ‘real’ foods. The taste, convenience and the ‘instant’ factor of junk food is what makes it so addictive.
What is ‘Junk Food’?
Fast foods like hamburgers and fries, chocolate chips, potato chips and instant snacks are examples of junk foods that one may be addicted to.
You may have junk food addiction if you feel the same rush, high or anticipation at the mere thought of going to the grocery store to have your fill of junk foods.
It could be that the general population is addicted to junk foods, but the more serious addicts feel the deprivation if they fail to consume this type of food multiple times within a day.
In relation to this, sugary and fatty foods are the main components of junk food. Addiction to sugary foods is easy to detect because you will constantly feel the craving for dessert throughout the day. With fatty foods which have no nutritional content at all, junk food is the main culprit.
If you feel that you are falling victim to junk food addiction, seek the help of a dietician immediately, try to cut down gradually on your junk food intake and incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your diet.