What is Food Addiction?

Although I respect my colleagues and other professionals who don’t agree that the term food addiction can or should be applied to binge eating, my professional and personal opinion is that dealing with binge eating from an addiction standpoint can be empowering and fruitful. Letting people know that their behavior is likely a disguised attempt to obtain psychological and physical relief from tension accumulated can be life-changing in the way we move through behavioral change stages. Learning how sugared and processed foods can trigger our brain’s reward system also allows us to look at food and its nutritional value from a different stance. It’s much easier to stop binge eating when we know why we do it and why we tend to lose control over high-calorie foods such as chocolate, processed cheeses, and candy.