How Mindful Eating Can Help You Overcome Food Addiction!

Mindful | Food | Addiction | 12th October 2021 | Virtual Wire

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Food addiction is a psychological condition that is characterized by compulsive eating of high-calorie foods. The food addict will continue eating even when they are not hungry or have already eaten far more than they need to maintain their healthy weight.

When describing food addiction, the associated behaviours can be characterized by:

  • Cravings for foods high in sugar, fat, and salt

  • Feeling one can’t be without their favourite food(s)

  • Preoccupation with planning, buying or eating food- even after having eaten

  • Continued overheating despite adverse medical, emotional, or spiritual consequences.

In recent years, food addiction has been recognized as a real, fundamental problem among individuals, and there is a growing body of research on the concept. In order to understand how to battle this issue, we must understand the science behind it.

What Is The Science Behind Food Addictions?

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Even though Food addiction is a concept that has been around for many years, information on its science is still limited. Due to the compulsive behaviour associated with food addiction, many may be concerned that food addiction increases their risk of developing other eating disorders or addiction. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) data, women struggling with either an eating or substance use disorder are four times more likely to develop another condition and often struggle with co-occurring addiction and disordered eating.

In fact, many people who struggle with disordered eating turn to substance use to regulate the emotional or physical trauma behind their food addiction. Likewise, studies have shown that the adverse effects of addictions could lead to other co-morbid conditions such as weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and diabetes.

Understanding The Health Consequences Of Food Addiction