If you are struggling to lose weight, you have doubtlessly encountered nasty stereotypes that frame you as lazy, undisciplined, or indifferent. This type of thinking is so often internalized that 50% of Americans attribute the fact that they struggle to lose weight to a lack of self-discipline, according to surveys from the Calorie Control Council.
But not everyone who struggles with eating is lazy, or undetermined. Recent studies have shown that people suffering from overeating and binge eating disorders experience neurochemical changes that are similar to other addictive behaviors.
But while smokers, alcoholics, and others struggling with addictive substances have high profile support groups, specialized prescription drugs, and medical assistance, most of the help that exists for people seeking weight loss is geared at solving an aesthetic problem, not a psychological one.
Fortunately, that’s finally starting to change, and medically supervised weight loss is now an option for many Americans.
How Do I Know If I Have a Food Addiction?
The best way to find out if you might suffer from a food addiction is to seek help, specifically from a doctor who specializes in medically supervised weight loss. But here are a few common symptoms to be on the lookout for:
- You overeat or binge, regardless of any desire you might have.
- You think constantly about food, even while eating.
- No matter where you go, the first thing you do is purchase a food or snack, even if you aren’t hungry.
- You visit the kitchen over and over, even if you’ve just finished a large, filling meal.
- Your life revolves on your next meal.
What Are the Possible Side Effects of Food Addiction?
Many people who struggle with compulsive eating also struggle with obesity, and the two conditions are often — but not always — closely related. However, obesity comes with its own negative side effects. Individuals with compulsive eating behavior and unhealthy weight are also at risk of dangerously high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and Type 2 Diabetes, especially if it runs in their family. Finally, you may also have an increased risk of heart disease, one of the number one killers in the United States.
How to Fight Food Addiction
Conventional diet and exercise plans are a great place to start, but they only address the symptom of food addiction, not the cause. If you can, you should find a nearby weight loss center, someplace that offers medically supervised weight loss.
Not only can a weight loss clinic help with your immediate weight loss goals, but they can also help you address your dependency on food. Many offer weekly coaching to help you course correct should you happen to fall off the wagon, so to speak.
Not everyone who is obese has an addictive relationship to food, and not everyone who compulsively overeats or binges on junk food is overweight. However, if you believe you are suffering from either condition, you deserve to be well.
Anyone who has struggled with weight loss can attest to the emotional strain and difficulty of the task. If you are struggling with weight loss and think you might be suffering from food addiction, or if you just want to talk to a professional about medically supervised weight loss, feel free to contact your doctor to schedule a weight loss consultation.