FOOD ADDICTION REAL OR IMAGINED
Food addiction, it has come to my attention that there is an explosion of obese people in the world today. There seems to be a compulsion to overeat. This is another form of obsessive compulsive behavior.
Overeating compulsively is sometimes called food addiction, it is characterized by an obsessive compulsive relationship to food.
Uncontrolled eating or binge eating, often consuming food past the point of being comfortably full. Compulsive over-eaters will typically eat when they are not hungry.
Binge eating disorder, a new term and sometimes compulsive overeaters will engage in grazing meaning that they will continue to pick at food throughout the day. These things result in a large overall number of calories consumed.
Left untreated and it can be treated, compulsive overeating can lead to serious medical conditions including high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, sleep apnea,and major depression. Additional long term effects of the condition also includes kidney disease, arthritis, bone deterioration and stroke.
Food Addiction or compulsive overeating is treatable with counseling and therapy.Approximately 80% of addicts who seek professional help recover completely. But if you look around at the many people who suffer from obesity, there are not many seeking help. There is also what is called food addicts anonymous.
Food is essential to survival and unlike other addictive behaviors, it is normal to eat repeatily every day.
Firstly, food addiction is maladaptive, so although people overeat to feel better, it often ends up making them feel worse.
Secondly, the overeating that food addicts do is persistent so a food addict eats to much food, we all overeat from time to time but addicts overeat all the time.
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The growing epidemic of obesity over the past 20 years has raised public health concerns.One in five adults is obese. Child obesity was ranked as the top health concern in 2008.
Food Addiction is not currently included in the (DSM-IV) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Although it has been suggested for inclusion as Bulima Nervosa is one but not specifically overeating disorder.
It is not included in the DSM-IV and there is no agreement among experts on whether it should be included in future editions.
Eating disorder programs vary in whether they treat overeating. Most are treating anorexia nervosa and bulima nervosa.
Food Addiction is not an official diagnosis, the problems associated with overeating are well recognized in the medical and psychiatric community.
However, the DSM-IV does make provision for the diagnosis of out-of-control-eating.
While overeating is not officially recognized, there are several treatments that help and there is a wealth of commercial organizations and self help resources that provide help with getting control over your eating (such Overeaters Anonymous). An there is the so-called diet industry.
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Sugar,Sugar, Is It Toxic?
Refined sugar has absolutely zero for it because it's stripped of all vitamins, minerals,and other nutrients. That's why we call them junk foods "empty calories".
Whenever there is a sugar intake, the body goes into a sugar shock. After your body recovers from it and starts balancing its defenses. The body taps into its reserves of minerals like sodium, potassium, and magnesium, to replace the empty calories.
If your reserves are already low from a diet high in empty carbs and low in vegetables,stripping away what little life forces you have left, that is not good. Doing this will zap your energy and weaken the defenses that work to keep disease away, which means your organs can't stay in shape.
Calcium stripping, a daily high sugar intake can lead to an overly acidic body. To combat that, your body will try to balance your acid/alkaline factor by stripping calcium from your bones and teeth, which can lead to osteoporosis and arthritis.
Obesity, one of the organs most affected by your sugar intake is your liver. That's because the liver is where excess sugar in the form of glucose is initially stored. When you eat refined sugar everyday, your liver will eventually be filled to the brim with glucose. When that happens, the excess glucose is sent back into the bloodstream in the form of fatty acids..
And then what happens is it ends up in your belly, buttocks, breasts, and hips. Now combine to much sugar with to much starch, refined carbohydrates pasta, rice, chips, pretzels and you've got a recipe for obesity and heart disease.
Another side effect is "Dull Brain". You'll feel the effects right away. Sugar dulls your brain so you'll feel sleepy. You'll probably find yourself forgetting things. That's because the brain needs glutamic acid to function.
B vitamins help glutamatic acid, a vital compound found in many vegetable, divide the brain's stop-go responses. Unfortunately, eating refined sugar daily kills off the symbiotic or good bacteria living in your intestines, and those bacteria are responsible for producing extra B vitamins.
All this contribute to obesity and unhealthy living. Many eating disorders are thought to be behavioral patterns stemming from emotional struggles that need to be resolved in order for the addict to develop lasting results and a healthy relationship with food. Compulsive overeating along with anorexia is a serious problem and can result in death. However, with treatment which should include talk therapy, medical and nutritional counseling, it can result in recovery from this addiction.
Compulsive overeaters sometimes consume as much as 5000 to 15,000 food calories daily,resulting in a temporary release from psychological stress through an addictive high not unlike that experienced through drug abuse.
Fatty foods may cause cocaine-like addiction. Taking drugs such as cocaine and eating to much junk food both gradually overload the so-called pleasure centers in the brain. This is according to Paul J. Kenny, Ph.D, an associate professor of molecular therapeutics at the Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, Florida. Eventually the pleasure centers crash and achieving the same pleasure--or even feeling normal---requires increasing amounts of the drug or food.
All of this will contribute to obesity and unhealthy living. Many eating disorders are thought to be behavioral patterns stemming from emotional struggles that need to be resolved in order for the addict to develop lasting results and a healthy relationship with food. Compulsive overeating along with anorexia is a serious problem and can result in death. However, with treatment which should include talk therapy plus medical and nutritional counseling, the final result can be a recovery from your food and sugar addiction
Another way to control an/or stop compulsive behavior is through subliminal messaging. What happens is the music and the message is received by your subconscious mind which tends to be the cause of all outward appearances and effects such as obsessive compulsive behavior.
A good thing to do, is to start sending your subconscious mind messages about stopping this behavior. This should be a part of your overall treatment along with attendance at face to face meetings at foodaddicts,org or Overeaters Anonymous. The combination of treatment is very effective. Here is the address to stopping this behavior.
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