Dependence is something that we can not do without. To make it easier to understand, let us give some examples:
- I want to sleep, but I can not turn off the TV,
- I do not want to eat, but I eat,
- The work day is long over, but I can not make myself get away from the computer.
In most cases, other people notice it, while we don’t even pay attention to such things. A dependent person will justify his behavior in every possible way, referring to the importance and necessity of everything he does.
WHAT IS FOOD ADDICTION AND WHAT SYMPTOMS IT HAS
Food addiction is a dependence on food. A sign of food dependence is any concern, especially obsession, with your eating habits, weight, overeating, or malnutrition. In severe forms of eating disorders, “bulimia” and “anorexia” are diagnosed.
We propose you to pass a simple test for food addiction. Answer 3 questions:
If you answered yes to all the questions, you are healthy. If you answered negatively at least one question, then it is worth paying attention to this topic.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF FOOD ADDICTION
Imagine that you are worried, you have a bad mood, fussiness, or anxiety – a condition from “not so well” to “very bad”. At this point, you ate, and your state changed from “just good” to “very good.”
You relaxed, calmed down, experienced satisfaction, even bliss. The next time you repeated the actions and get the same result – relaxation. That’s it, the addiction is formed. This has become your effective way to avoid a “bad” condition.
Is anything wrong with you? No. This is how our body and mind balance themselves. In this way, people can escape from severe pressure, which would simply burn them out. In this case, the mental and physical health is more important.
For example, you have pneumonia. Is it more important to take the antibiotics or worry that they are harmful? Same thing here, compensatory mechanisms of survival work. Therefore, the reason for the emergence of dependence on food is the avoidance of a “bad” experience through the enjoyment of eating.
Further on, everything will depend on the person himself, whether he can reasonably treat the situation. Otherwise, food can become a kind of drug.
WHO IS MOST PRONE TO FOOD ADDICTION
Psychologically unstable people and those who are too liable to public opinion, advertising and propaganda. What does it have to do with, you ask? Well, if we have a weakly developed critical center, it is difficult to understand what is right for us, and what direction we should move.
We are constantly upset that we do not meet our own ideals or the ideals of other people. And we have to deal with this.
IS FOOD DEPENDENCE A DISEASE AND SHOULD IT BE TREATED
It depends on the degree of food predilection. As it was mentioned, serious eating disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia, are considered a disease and require treatment.
If you notice the first signs of food dependence in yourself, you should pay attention to this and address to a professional. Our love for delicious food should not become a problem with far-reaching consequences.
HOW TO GET RID OF FOOD ADDICTION
Through understanding and attention. We would not even use the word “get rid”. Because everything that we try to get rid of without understanding the cause, begins to haunt us.
Any struggle against what we do not like in ourselves exacerbates dependence. Any person, who diets often, noticed that not only the original weight returns, but also a couple of kilograms in excess.
The body has an instinct, and its task is to survive. Therefore, we would advise you to remove violence against yourself in any form. Please, do not confuse with indulgence and permissiveness.
What you need is that a specialist shows you the cause of your food addiction, give you a tool that can help you get out of it, and accompany you on your way. Never fear of addressing to a professional and getting help.