People’s psyche is organized in such a way that it easily becomes dependent on phenomena or objects that quickly satisfy certain needs. Drug, alcohol, medicine – these dependencies are widely known, they do not close their eyes. But there is also food addiction, which is very common in people of very different ages – from teenagers to the elderly. We understand what it is and why food addiction is so dangerous.
Food addiction is an insurmountable desire of a person to absorb food. It is a desire that arises no matter when one eats or what one eats – the brain needs more food all the time.
Reasons for eating addiction
Actually, there could be a lot of them. The human psyche is an amazing mechanism that can suddenly react to stress and various stimuli. Here are some of them.
You were on a hungry diet
When the body does not receive any nutrients for a long time, it remembers this state, in which all functions were in an “emergency state”. These include drinking diets, diets with chocolate (one slice a week and no more food), diets dominated by only one product. Therefore, when you move away from a strict diet, your brain signals all the functions of the body that you need to eat until the time of hunger again. And from that moment on, some people can’t stop: it becomes either anorexic or food addictive. Therefore, strict diets are so dangerous for humans.
Harmful eating habits
This is where we say hello to all the grandmothers and mothers who make children eat soups and porridge. You can’t do that because it’s how you form a food addiction. The child’s brain signals that the stomach is full, the body is full of essential substances, and the child continues to eat under the watchful eye of parents. If you remember such cases in your life, when your mother or grandmother threatened to pour soup out of your mouth, if you do not finish (and sometimes poured out), or recognized yourself as such parents, remember: if a person is fed up, then forcibly in no case can you push the food in yourself.
Remember: it is not okay to come out of a table with a full stomach, it interferes with the proper functioning of the body!
A similar unhealthy eating habit is to be rewarded for success in the form of fast carbohydrates. It is no secret that children love sweets, and parents sometimes use it. Having received an “A” in school or reached some heights, the child waits for a chocolate bar or a delicious bun – this is how food addiction develops. Your brain will get used to reflexes: the slightest success = delicious food. In adulthood, you will not be able to control yourself, you will be rewarded for each successful step with delicious food, which will be more and more.
This category includes many factors: stress, depression, all kinds of problems. People react differently to them: someone refuses to eat, and someone jammed with psycho-emotional difficulties. This is also the reason for the eating disorder, which is the most difficult to deal with.
Types of eating disorders:
- Bulimia. Vomiting after each meal.
- Compulsive overeating. Uncontrolled eating.
- Anorexia. Panic fear of food.
- Orthorexia. Maniacal desire to strictly choose products, strict calorie counting, refusal of many types of food.
How do you know you have a food addiction?
- You often want to eat, eat a lot and eat without measure.
- You stop eating when you feel nauseous or full of stomach aches.
- You can wake up at night starving and go eating.
- Your attempts to reduce your diet by yourself have not been successful.
- You regularly add kilograms to your diet.
- No eating habits. Eat at any time.
- On the way home from work, you can wrap up in a cafe and have a snack, then eat at home.
- You have frequent headaches.
- Sometimes you are ashamed of how much you’ve eaten (mental reaction).
Do not panic if you find any of the reasons listed above. It’s okay to want to eat deliciously and eat sparsely. Abnormal – a manic desire to eat with a clear physiological expression.
What’s to be done?
We remind you that food addiction is the same as drug or alcohol addiction, so you need to work with specialists. Another question is that it is not yet taken seriously by doctors and is difficult to diagnose (only in the most severe forms – bulimia or anorexia). Therefore, the plan of action is as follows:
- We exclude physiological factors of overeating – the cycle factor in women, diseases of any organs. If you are stressed, we work on calming in the first place, and the desire to eat will go away with it.
- We find like-minded people. Not people who convince you of their own impeccability or shame for each meal – but people who can support your new lifestyle. Very well such work goes on in groups that sometimes gather in social networks.
- We make the right diet, simple training (especially outdoors).
- The desire to eat comes more often when you are not busy. At least the first week is very dense, so that every minute is spent on some activities. Searching for a hobby is especially helpful.
- Instead of cookies and sweets, place lean cheese, green apples or tomatoes on the table. If you walk past the kitchen and want to eat something, then eat healthy, pre-prepared foods.
If nothing works – looking for a specialist and do not delay the problem. Take care of your health now, so as not to create problems in the future.