Food Addiction – It’s Real

Is food addiction real? Apparently, it’s as real as being addicted to drugs. When we eat foods that contain high amounts of fat, sugar or salt, our body releases dopamine. This is a chemical that makes us feel good. Now, who doesn’t want to feel good? So, when you experience pleasure from a particular food, you’re most likely going to eat it again.

food addiction is real

Similar to drugs, the pleasure will become less over time. Therefore, you’ll have to eat more, to feel good. Consequently, this behaviour can become uncontrollable.

Similar to alcohol and drugs, an individuals life can deteriorate. For instance, you may find yourself sneaking around or hiding while you eat. Perhaps you feel guilty after consuming something you know is not good for you. Often times, people will stop going out because they don’t like the way they look.

However, food addiction is not a dependency, like drugs. It’s more of a way to cope and to feel better. In other words, you are using food to relieve stress, anxiety or even guilt. As a result, you condition your body to require it, in order to relieve those needs.

Signs of food addiction can be, thinking about food constantly, hiding to eat, guilty feelings after eating, rewarding yourself with food and trying to restrict what you eat.

In order to treat food addiction, you should seek professional help. There is no need to be embarrassed. In fact, you should pat yourself on the back, for taking that step. Breaking the cycle will require you to retrain yourself. The struggle is all to real. Talk to your doctor or a dietitian and let your family know. You can do this!


  1. Anne Taylor says:

    I’m an addict of many things, most of which I have given up but food is the most difficult. You can’t cut food out completely like you can drugs, alcohol, etc.