Food addiction .... I've been reading about this lately. It involves a 'compulsive pursuit of a mood change by engaging repeatedly in episodes of binge eating despite adverse consequences.' Did you know this is a real 'condition'? A food addict is an individual who continues to use food compulsively without regard for the negative consequences. Compulsion is always present in the disease of addiction. They're not weak willed or suffering from a bad habit or a behaviour problem. Rather, they have metabolic, biochemical imbalances which result in the characteristic symptoms of addiction. It's said that food addicts are 'obsessed with food, preoccupied with weight and appearance, and experience a progressive loss of control over the amount of food they eat.' It's said there are symptoms that are present in all addictions - obsession, compulsion, denial, tolerance, withdrawal syndrome and craving. Food addicts exhibit all of these signs plus a distorted body image. Obsession - demonstrated by frequently recurring thoughts about buying, preparing, and eating food. The force of desire for food is irresistable and is followed by action. It's a psychological truth that we move towards our dominant thought so the preoccupation with getting, preparing and eating food will continually lead to binging. Compulsion - the loss of control or the inability to stop eating after one bite of a binge food. The food addict may be able to stop for indeterminate periods, but despite all resolutions, will binge again. The inability to control eating is a certain sign of addiction. Loss of control - that is addiction. It's a paradox isn't it? Eat to feel bettter those foods which make you feel worse. :shrug: Denial - the mental process by which the person concludes that they're 'alright'. Ignorance of the disease process and the inability for self examination work together to keep a person sick. Knowing nothing about food addiction and knowing no other way to live, the individual concludes that there is nothing wrong. Tolerance - the body's ability to endure contact with a substance. For the food addict, as food intake increases, the physiological level of tolerance to binge food increases. The body depends on the presence of refined carbs and develops the need for greater quantities. One bite is too many, a thousand not enough. Withdrawal - We know that it's an addiction because when the supply of binge food is cut off, for whatever reason, the food addict experiences withdrawal symptoms. (think of when you cut sugar out of your diet). It can appear to be like flu symptoms even. During withdrawal there's always the risk of returning since consumption of addicting substances will bring relief from the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. The dangers of this are obvious of course. Although the reintroduction may lead to better feelings, it'll trigger the addiction. Ever felt that? Start a new diet and you feel a bit dizzy and weak for a bit? But a little sugar makes you feel better? I've got more stuff but I'll start other threads for my discussion ideas.