Can Food Be An Addiction?
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I posted this as a thread in several of my teams, but wanted to put it in a blog/journal entry too. I read an article by some "expert" that said sugar cannot be an addiction, and that people who say so are just being lazy and using that as an excuse to overeat. Needless to say, I was quite steamed!!!
If you look at the classic "Ten Warning Signs of Alcoholism" and substitute eating for drinking/food for alcohol, how many apply to your life? For me, the number is SEVEN. I do not ACT on these behaviors every day, but when I am struggling - which is quite often - I have to fight all seven of them with ALL my strength. (#5 , #7, #10 don't apply)
Here are the ten warning signs of alcoholism, listed in no special order:
1. Drinking alone
2. Making excuses, finding excuses to drink
3. Daily or frequent drinking needed to function
4. Inability to reduce or stop alcohol intake
5. Violent episodes associated with drinking
6. Drinking secretly
7. Becoming angry when confronted about drinking
8. Poor eating habits
9. Failure to care for physical appearance
10. Trembling in the morning
The doctor who wrote the offending article said:
The argument that sugar causes brain changes similar to heroin and cocaine, and thus can become an addiction, is faulty because: if a person wanting to eat sugary foods substitutes another behavior, such as exercise or meditation, that activity also causes positive brain changes similar to eating sugar. Therefore, sugar is not necessary to achieve the positive brain changes, therefore sugar cannot be an addiction.
WHAT IS YOUR OPINION?!?!?