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Food Addiction

Having a food addiction can be considered a process addiction. This is a behavior that is addicting because it alters a person's mood. Food might make a person feel good or put them in a better mood as a result they always want to feel that way so they eat more food. Food then becomes an addiction to them.
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Signs of a Food Addictions

  • Eating more than usual
  • Continuing to eat when not hungry
  • Worry about not eating certain foods
  • When certain foods aren't available, go out of the way to get them
  • Eating interferes with work, family, or activities

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Addiction Risks

Physical Risks
  • Hart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive problems
  • Malnutrition
  • Obesity
  • Sleep disorders
Psychological Risks
  • Low self esteem
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks



  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Abnormal brain structure
  • Medicine side affects
  • Family members with food addictions

  • Emotional or sexual abuse
  • Traumatic events
  • Inability to cope healthily cope with negative situations
Social Reasons

  • Disturbances in family functions
  • Peer pressure
  • Child abuse

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Food addictions are diagnosed as a disorder. They are a metal disorder caused by many things. The brain thinks it needs food when the body does not always need it.


Treatments include many support groups. Treatment centers focus on medical issues and nutritional concerns.

Scientific Study Proves Overeating is an Addiction

Dr. Lennerz conducted an experiment to prove that food can become addicting. Foods with high glycaemic(glucose) having refined starches and concentrated sugar trigger hunger and occasionally irritability.

Dr. Lennerz made two milkshakes, one with a high and one with a low glycaemic index. Otherwise both milkshake had the same ingredients. The shakes were then given,on different days, in a random order to 12 heathy overweight men.

After 4 hours the men who had drank the high glycaemic were hungrier than those who drank the low glycaemic shakes .

MRI's were done on the men that showed activation of the nucleus accumbens, a brain area that meditates pleasure eating and craving. Similar patterns in the brain have been found in people after consuming drugs such as heroin or cocaine.

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