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Food Addiction

Food addiction encompasses many issues related to the epidemic of obesity. Overeaters often feel their compulsive eating, or binge eating, is driven by emotional problems, and specific types of food have been shown to be particularly addictive.

Understanding a Food Addict
Trying to understand a food addict? Understand how a food addict feels before, during and after overeating.

What Is Binge Eating Disorder
Description of Binge Eating Disorder.

What is Food Addiction?
Provides an overview of research on the concept of food addiction.

Harm Reduction Tips for Overeaters
Can't stop overeating, but want to minimize the damage? Following these harm reduction tips will help stop your bingeing from affecting your health.

Am I Fat or Is My Weight Normal
Answers the question that plagues many of us -- "Am I fat?" Provides guidance on how to deal with the answer.

What is Pro Ana?
Explains the meaning of pro ana, and similarities between pro ana and other addiction subcultures.

Sugar Addiction
Sugar addiction could be the reason you crave sweet foods, even when you aren't hungry.

The End of Overeating by David Kessler
Review of the New York Times bestseller, "The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite" by David Kessler

Nutrition Map by Yvonne Quinones Syto
Book review of Nutrition Map: Your Guide to Healthy Eating in the Real World by Yvonne Quinones Syto

Overcoming Binge Eating by Christopher Fairburn
Book review of Overcoming Binge Eating by Dr. Christopher Fairburn.

Bingeing and Purging
Describes the behavioral patterns of different types of bingeing and purging, associated problems, relationship to addictions, and how to get help.

Overeating from Supersize Meal Portions
One way that overeating and obesity can creep up on us is through supersize meal portions. This article explains what makes a meal supersize, how can you can avoid them at home, and how to enjoy a one at a restaurant without worrying about your weight.

Ten Types of Overeating
Overeating is a common problem, but there are many different types of overeating. Here are ten of the most frequently cited ways that overeating can become a problem.

Is Binge Eating an Addiction, an Eating Disorder, or Normal Behavior?
I recently discovered my daughter had binged on a quart of ice cream in under two hours. I have heard that binge eating could be an addiction, or an eating disorder, but isn't it just normal teenage behavior?

How CBT Helped Jenna Stop Eating Too Much
Here is an example of how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helped Jenna stop eating too much. While the characters and the story are fictitious, the characteristics and circumstances described are often seen among people who want to stop overeating. Jennas story is presented for illustrative purposes, to help readers understand how CBT can help with overeating.

Five Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

If you've been struggling with food addiction, overeating, or obesity, the holidays can be a particularly difficult time.  Social events at times like Christmas and Thanksgiving revolve around eating, celebratory foods are often high in the key addictive food ingredients -- fat, sugar and salt, and gifts of chocolate are common, even for chocoholics.  

So how can you avoid holiday weight gain?  Here are the five easist ways. 

Is Food Addiction Real?
The media has discussed food addiction for some time now, commenting on "emotional eating" patterns, and an epidemic of obesity in the developed world. But is food addiction real?

Is Fast Food Addictive?
Fast food is cited as being a major cause of the obesity epidemic in the developed world. But is fast food addictive?

"I Hate My Body" -- Childhood Abuse, Negative Body Image and …
If you or someone you care about struggles with food addiction, and suffered from abuse in childhood, you may wonder whether there is a connection between food addiction and child abuse. Research shows a connection between child abuse, depression, negative body image and binge eating; self criticism plays a crucial role in this relationship.

What Is Obesity?
What is meant by the term "obesity."

Does Obesity in Older Women Cause Poorer Brain Function?
We are all too aware of the physical harm caused by obesity, and it is now recognized as a major health concern in the US. But research how indicates it may also be related to poorer brain function, at least in older women.

Obesity Research Reinforces Stereotypical Thinking About "Fat" Women
A study of 12,364 men and women concluded that unattached obese women were less able to attract a sexual partner than their slimmer counterparts, because obese women reported having fewer sexual partners, and in some cases, not having had a sexual partner in the past year. This article discusses problems with the way these data were interpreted.

A Day in the Life of a Food Addict
Many people who have no difficulties controlling their eating wonder why food addicts overeat. A day in the life of a food addict gives a first hand account of what it is like when you overeat, all the time.

Ten Tips to Prevent Obesity in Kids
Candy is a normal part of childhood, and is enjoyed as part of traditions such as Halloween, Easter and Christmas. And kids are drawn to burgers, chips and other junk foods. But these foods may contribute to childhood obesity and other problems. These tips will help parents set limits on candy-eating and junk food without depriving their kids.

Is Sugar Addiction Harmful to Kids?
Looks at potential harms of sugar addiction in children.

What Is a Chocoholic?
Glossary definition of the term chocoholic

How to Set and Keep a New Year Resolution to Quit Junk Food
Tips on how to set and keep a new year resolution to quit junk food.

Was I Sexually Abused?
Answer to the frequently asked question, "Was I Sexually Abused?"

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA)
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a 12-step self help program for people with food addictions.

What is Hyponatremia?
Glossary definition of the term hyponatremia.

Food Addiction Conference
CBC news article exploring the rise of food addictions, and research showing food addiction can be initiated in animals.

How to Set a New Year's Resolution to Eat Healthier

New Years Resolutions for Addictive Personalities
Do you have an addictive personality? Want to make changes in your life? Make a new year's resolution that will deal with your most stubborn habits and addictions.

Evidence-Based Therapy for Addiction
Therapy for addiction is big business. And people struggling with addictions, and their loved ones, are often desperate by the time they seek help, but are overwhelmed with the multitude of options promising a new life free of alcohol and drugs, while real life stories warn of relapse and life savings thrown away on ineffective scams. So how can you make a wise decision when you don't know what is truly effective? The main evidence-based therapies for addiction are covered in this article.

Do I Need to Lose Weight?
For many of us, questioning whether or not we need to lose weight is healthy. However, for a minority of people, worrying excessively about weight gain and weight loss can lead to serious mental and physical health problems.

Portion Control Tips
Large portion sizes are the norm in restaurants, putting you at increased risk of food addiction and obesity. These tips will help you manage your portion size while eating out.

Food Addiction 101
Eating is a healthy, normal and pleasurable behavior, but can become unhealthy when the wrong foods or the wrong amounts are eaten.

Pro Ana — An Inevitable Subcultural Movement Encouraging Compulsive Undereating
The pro ana movement may seem shocking, but in this article, Addictions Expert, Dr Elizabeth Hartney, argues that in the current culture, it was bound to happen.

Sugar Addiction in Children
Research is increasingly supporting the existence of sugar addiction in children. There also appears to be a link with violence in later life.

How Your Friends Can Make You Gain Weight
Friends and family may have more influence over your eating habits, and even whether you gain weight, or become overweight than you thought.

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