Food addiction is one of those tough things to diagnose and tough things to describe. We all need to eat, so it's not like you can quit your food addiction by deciding to stop eating altogether. Food addiction is a matter of learning to eat healthfully and in moderation while learning to take pleasure in things other than eating so that you can lessen your dependence on the pleasure and comfort of overeating.
It takes much to overcome food addiction; in some cases, it is overcome when a person finally realizes how much the addiction is hurting him or her or when the demands of others become more important than the solace of eating. For example, a mother may be compelled to play with her son at the park and realize she is too heavy and out of shape to play with her son. This realization, compounded with love for her son and enjoyment in her son's company, may provide the catalyst for overcoming her addiction.
Eating becomes an addiction when you begin eating in an unhealthy manner that affects your health, your job performance, your relationships and your ability to engage in normal social behavior. Many food addicts are binge-and-purge addicts, also known as bulimics. Others are simply comfort eaters, eating constantly because they need that comfort or pleasure that comes from eating.
Food addicts may need several things to overcome their addictions.
Addiction support groups offer help and strength, but it is important to have an idea of what to expect before you take that first step.
Alcohol addiction can be difficult to identify. Because alcohol is legal and most adults drink at least socially, it can be easy to hide an alcohol addiction, even from yourself.