Food can be comforting, nurturing, and a way to celebrate holidays and events. For those who struggle with a food addiction, the holidays can be a source of all-consuming food that may be compulsive and uncontrollable. Food addiction is often defined as out-of-control behaviors and habitual thoughts with food . Individuals may try to control [...] Read More
The American Society of Addiction Medicine is the country’s largest professional society of physicians, aimed at the treatment and prevention of addiction. It has, in recent times, broadened its definition of addiction, expanding beyond drugs and alcohol to the inclusion of “process” addictions such as food, sex and gambling. This is due to one main [...] Read More
35% of adults in the US are obese, but a study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry found that 10% of underweight participants met the criteria for a food addiction . Addiction is typically associated with drugs or alcohol, but research has shown that food addictions activate the same reward and pleasure areas of our brain [...] Read More
Food addiction is a type of addiction where individuals who struggle with eating large amounts of food, typically done in secret within a 2 hour time period and have an unhealthy relationship with food. Those who are addicted to food, react the same way as those addicted to drugs react [1, 4]. In 2009, Yale [...] Read More
Contributor: Melissa O’Neill, LCSW, Director of Clinical Operations, Timberline Knolls If you have ever sat down for a meal and ate to the point that you were uncomfortably full, is this something you should be concerned about? What if you find it difficult to control yourself around food, or find yourself reaching for food, even [...] Read More
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