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Food Addiction Course a success!

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Food Addiction Course a success!

Food addiction is a disease which causes loss of control
over the ability to stop eating certain foods. Scientifically, food
addiction is a cluster of chemical dependencies on specific foods or food in
general; after the ingestion of high palatable foods such as sugar, excess
fat and/or salt, the brains of some people develop a physical craving for
these foods. Over time, the progressive eating of these foods distorts their
thinking and leads to unwanted negative consequences, but as with alcohol or
drugs, those consequences alone may not lead to change. Food addiction, like
any addiction, includes guilt and shame, and causes behaviors that are out
of the norm for the person in any other area of their lives. People addicted
to food may, for example, lie to doctors, counselors, or concerned friends
and family about the amount of food eaten, resort to extremes such as
purging or periods of anorexia to try to regain control, and minimize the
extent of related health problems. In late stages, food addiction can lead
to premature death due to health problems such as heart disease, high blood
pressure, or diabetes. Food addiction can co-occur with depression and
anxiety, and make these disorders worse.

Unlike some addictions, total abstinence from food is not possible. It is
possible however, to put food addiction in physical remission and then
slowly to repair the psychological, social, economic and spiritual damage it
has caused. The principles of recovery are to: 1) completely eliminate
specific binge foods and compulsive eating behaviors; 2) develop feeling
skills to deal with difficult emotions without using food; 3) ask for help,
especially in identifying and making decisions about chronic irrational
thinking about eating, body image and food; and 4) effectively break
biochemical denial regarding food addiction.

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