Many of us may have some kind of ‘addictions’, food addiction included. Although food addiction does not automatically lead to obesity, it is still one of our greatest threats for our health and life expectancy. Learn what exactly it is all about and how to handle it successfully in line with nature.
THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND
Cindy Montgomery from Ithaca, NY, asks:
I love my snacks and sweets all day long. Since this eating habit did not raise my body weight up to obesity, I am not concerned healthwise. Do you agree, Doc?
Aren’t many of us ‘addicted’ in one or another way? Addicted to drugs, alcohol, love, work – or even food?
Basically, we know 2 categories of addiction: dependence on certain substances and/or certain behaviors. This refers also to food addiction which, in many cases, may be based on some kind of unhealthy nutrition, but may also be understood as a behavioral response to emotional issues such as stress, depression, sadness, or anger.
Although not all food addiction is leading to obesity, it still is very problematic for our health and life expectancy, and therefore needs to be tackled directly.
As a first step, you may look at the renowned Yale Food Addiction Scale, developed 2009 at Yale University, and scientifically validated at, inter alia, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. This survey has been developed to categorize your diet with special reference to following critical nutritional groups responsible for many food addictions:
These types of food may create certain physical, emotional or social symptoms such as, inter alia,
Leading to finally negative emotional reactions such as, inter alia,
How to get a grip on this vicious cycle?
LIFESTYLE CHANGES TO OVERCOME FOOD ADDICTION
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Dr. Mark Fritz, NMD, PhD