Food Addiction Treatment

Food Addiction

What is Food Addiction?

Food addiction is another term for compulsive overeating, dubbed "binge eating". Individuals said to suffer from food addiction are those who tend to indulge in an unhealthy amount of food at one time. Signs of this disorder include eating when you do not feel hungry, comfort eating when you are feeling depressed, or feeling a sense of guilt after eating.

A food addict is not necessarily someone who is overweight, they may be of a normal weight or even in some cases underweight. Several possibilities can be seen as the cause of this problem, from an individual having low self esteem or using food to make themselves better to emotional trauma.


There are treatment programs and rehab centres to help with food addiction. "Binge eating therapy" is a treatment provided to help people to stop eating due to emotional triggers and aid the recovery of over-eaters through refraining from eating certain types of food; sugar and wheat.

Speaking to your doctor is also helpful as they will be able to provide you with information on therapists in your local area. Online resources are useful offering further information on different therapists, the treatments they use and the fees they charge.

Certain websites can provide reviews on the different treatment programs, the different types of treatment given and the level of support provided. Reviews such as these and health forums are useful for finding out about the experiences of other people who are, or have been addicted to food. They may be able to offer support and advice from the point of view of someone who has experienced and overcome the problem.

To Summarize:
  • A food addict will compulsively overeat without enjoying the food.
  • Overeating may be caused by emotional triggers.
  • There are programs to treat the problem.