Overeating/Food Addiction vs. Self-Control

14 Oct

“There is no such thing as being addicted to food. People are just lazy.” “Fat people just have no self-control. If they really wanted to, they would stop going to the drive-thru and start eating right!”


Good morning. My name is Katy, and I am a compulsive overeater. (Hi Katy) How many of you have heard these comments before? How many of you have actually said these things? To understand food addiction, one must understand addiction in general. I will keep this brief because there is a lot more to it, but I’ll sum it up the best I can. According to the DSM IV, one of the clearest signs of addiction is “the substance use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by the substance.” Here’s an example. J keeps using heroin despite overdosing 3 times. H keeps drinking vodka even though she killed someone in a drunk-driving accident. F keeps eating 30,000 calories a day, even though he has diabetes, high blood pressure, and is over 400 lbs. I will add a link to the criteria, because as I said, there is more to it than that, but I think this gets right to the point. If food wasn’t an addiction, there wouldn’t be  such a thing as bariatric surgery. You think that’s the EASY way out? Well you tell me. Would you consider (really think about this) going through invasive, possibly life-threatening surgery if you thought you could just exercise and diet to lose weight? No, you probably wouldn’t. There are a few differences between what most people usually classify as addiction and food addiction, however. Both J and H can hypothetically stop using heroin or drinking. You do not need them in any form to survive. F will still have to find a way to eat. He will be forced to drive by his drug-dealers’ houses everyday, see their billboards, and watch their commercials. He will be exposed to his drug of choice on a regular basis, ALL THE TIME, by people literally pushing it on him. Now, I’m not going to get into what’s wrong with the food industry. That’s not why I’m here. I want you to seriously consider what it must be like for someone who is actually a food addict. Then you might consider if you might be one. Do you continue to eat badly despite consequences as a direct result of those choices? Then you might need to seriously consider getting help. The first step, they say, is admitting your powerlessness over your addiction. Thanks for reading and keep coming back. It works if you work it. 🙂


One Response to “Overeating/Food Addiction vs. Self-Control”

  1. katythelady October 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    http://www.behavenet.com/capsules/disorders/subdep.htm There is a link for more information on addiction. And here http://www.oa.org/ is a link to overeaters anonymous.

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