Food addiction, bulimia, binging and anorexia are the types of eating disorders which a certain percentage of Canadians suffer from.
Food addiction, just like any other form of addiction, is destructive to a person’s health. This occurs when an individual suffers from a compulsive overeating disorder, wherein the urge to indulge in a food binge is uncontrollable.
If a craving for a particular type of food is denied, a food addict experiences physical manifestations such as headaches, depression or nausea.
On the other hand, if the compulsion to overeat is satisfied, there is a feeling of being high which is similar to the one which is felt by a drug addict.
To have a deeper understanding of food addiction, here are the symptoms to watch out for:
- A food addict has a compulsion to eat even without an intense hunger.
- Eating while depressed or when feeling low emotionally is another sign of food addiction.
- Obsessing about thoughts of food, feeling anxious while eating yet feeling guilty afterwards are additional symptoms of this eating disorder.
- Disliking the feeling of being hungry, eating despite feeling full in the stomach,
- Hiding food to eat at a later time
- Seeing food as the ‘enemy’ which should be avoided
If you experience any or all of these symptoms, it is best to consult with a professional so that the condition can be treated accordingly before food addiction does any more harm to your health.