If you are always hungry you may be suffering from food addiction and we explain how to understand it. Why is the relationship with food and nutrition particularly complex and painful for some people? What to do in these cases? Food addiction describes a particular behavioral condition that is important to recognize and distinguish in those who suffer from it. In this guide, we provide you with some indications to identify the typical signs of behavioral disorder and how to intervene.
How does the person who has a food addiction feel
If you are always hungry you may be suffering from food addiction and we explain how to understand it. Food, a source of nourishment for living beings, sometimes becomes a real enemy, an obsession from which we cannot free ourselves.
Food addiction represents an alteration in behavior. In this case, a normal eating habit turns into an unstoppable uncontrolled search for food. A consequent sense of gratification is associated with this research, which triggers a mechanism that is constantly repeated.
Over the course of the day, you often wonder what you will eat next meal, or you always look for food sources. You realize that you can not help but carry in your bag or backpack something that, on time, you find yourself munching sooner or later. It almost seems that you have a privileged relationship with food. You realize this when you binge in complete solitude, away from judgmental looks.
This thought about food, almost an obsession, has become so pervasive that even when you get up from the table you feel you are not full. You continue to eat, voraciously, even when you are not hungry. You gulp down prodigious quantities of food as quickly as if you had someone ready to steal that food from you at any moment. Eating, for you, has now become an uncontrollable impulse that also pushes you to buy food without stopping and consume it in secret. In these moments, when you stop to reflect on your condition, it happens that the sense of guilt assails you. Yet you can’t hold back that impulse. You look in the mirror and you don’t like what you see. But food is your only source of pleasure and consolation, so you keep eating and searching for food.
If you are always hungry you may be suffering from food addiction and we explain how to understand it
If you’ve heard this description close to your experience, you may have developed a real addiction to food. It is a eating disorder and describes a behavior that, after the binge, usually sees the emergence of: feelings of guilt, despair, failure and uselessness.
Food addiction can usually be recognized by paying attention to two elements. The first concerns the importance that the subject attributes to food: it becomes central, obsessive in the life of the person, a fixed thought from which one cannot distract. The second element concerns the ineffectiveness of behaviors aimed at controlling one’s own body weight. This form of addiction can have serious repercussions on the physical and mental health of those who suffer from it. Food addiction could lead to other eating disorders if it persists over time. Furthermore, it could also have consequences on the relationship and interactive level of the subject who suffers from it. Furthermore, the dangerous damage to physical health that impulsive and poorly controlled nutrition entails should not be underestimated.
What to do then?
The intervention on food addiction is not something that can be improvised as it represents a very complex condition. The best thing to do is to contact doctors and specialists who can help and support the person. This dysfunctional behavior could be the expression of emotional, affective or relational experiences that deserve respectful listening. For this reason, the help of experts can be a great advantage in overcoming this form of malaise.
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