While it is not unanimous in the scientific community, the concept of food addiction is gaining more and more support among experts. Some behaviors related to eating could indicate the existence of this psychological disorder.
Various experiments, carried out in both animals and humans, showed that, in some cases, food activates the same reward and pleasure in the brain as addictive drugs. The reaction is observed mainly during the consumption of foods rich in sugar, fat and salt.
We discussed with several doctors and endocrinologists about food addiction and named some warning signs that people should be aware of. According to the specialist, if a person has at least three of them, it is advisable to seek the help of a professional.
A person who has this type of eating disorder is constantly thinking about food, according to the doctor. Plus, they always feel like eating something, no matter what time of day or your mood.
Health Experts emphasized that one of the favorite hobbies of people addicted to food is going to restaurants and cafes, something directly related to food intake.
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Another sign that the relationship with food is unhealthy is a relationship between mood and food. If after eating, the person becomes very cheerful and, on the other hand, if they become irritable with the slightest feeling of hunger, there may be a tendency to food addiction.
They also believe that feeling guilty after eating food is a clear symptom of food-related psychological problems.
Eating compulsively is considered by many experts a behavioral addiction, that is, a habit that escapes the control of the person, as well as addiction to shopping or gambling. Food addicts often continue to eat excessively despite the negative consequences of their actions. Also, it’s not uncommon for them to have trouble stopping their behavior, even if they want it or have tried many times.
The help of a professional is essential in diagnosing and treating food addiction. To re-establish a healthy relationship with food, it is advisable to seek a psychologist, Pavlova stressed.
A professional’s help is essential for diagnosing and treating food addiction. To re-establish a healthy relationship with food it is advisable to look for a psychologist, Experts stressed.