Are You Addicted to Food?

Annette Nay, Ph.D.

Copyright 1999

How do you deal with stress, despair, anger, boredom, sadness, or procrastination? Many people duck dealing with these things. Instead they choose others things to cover or comfort them so they don't have to deal with them at the time.

The trouble with this is that problems keep getting swept under the preverbal rug until there are mountains of unresolved problems continually tripping the person up. At this point it is difficult for the person to carry on a normal life.

The item that they have chosen for comfort to cover up life's problems usually becomes a problem too, because it is being used to an excess.

Anything done in excess, to the exclusion of friends, family, God, and community, is an addiction, Whether it is:

THREE STAGES OF FOOD ADDICTION

There are three basic stages in any addictive process. First, there is a change in the thought process. Second, there is a change in how people deal with life's ups and downs and relationships with others. Third, their lives and their physical and mental well-being erodes to the point where there is no control. As a result suicide may become a viable way out of their problems (Sheppard, 1993; Nakken, 1988).

Understanding The Addictive Cycle

 

First Stage of Addiction

Change in the Thought Process

 

Second Stage of Addiction

Change in Dealing with Life and Others

Third and Final Stage of Addiction

Physical and Mental Breakdown

Small Steps Cause Great Differences

There are minute but distinct differences between the food abuser and the food addicted person. These differences take place in steps. First, emotionally, then psychologically, and finally, physiologically. The food abuser binges (eats excessive amounts of food in a short period of time) on food because of the love of food itself. This is not good for two reasons. Overeating causes people to be overweight or obese. It sets the stage for the abuser to slip into emotional addiction (Nay, 1996).

 

THE ONLY PERMANENT WAY OUT OF AN ADDICTION IS TO:

1. Admit you need help from your Heavenly Father and ask for His help.

2. Do your part to succeed.

3. Realize changes take time to made.

 

If you are willing

to work and ask for help,

the Lord will help you change,

and you will succeed!

 

References

Nakken, C. (1988). The Addictive Personality. Hazelden Foundation: U.S.

Nay, A (1996) A Wholistic Approach to the Control of Obesity.

Sheppard, K. (1989). Food Addiction. Heath Communication, Inc.: FL.

Annette Nay, Ph.D.

 

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