12 Severe Signs of Food Addiction
Looking at the signs of food addiction, we have seen the symptoms can be categorized to subtle signs and severe signs. In an earlier post, we discussed subtle signs extensively and behavioral patterns that show an extreme love for food, but nothing that affects basic human function or relationships.
Severe signs of food addiction are not cute to look at. Severe signs of food addictions are behavioral patterns that affect the normal function of a human being and that human being has developed a dysfunction that is hinged on the kind of relationship they have with food. Here, the food addict exhibits most of these signs at once. Have you been concerned about your relationship with food or the relationship of a loved one with food? Take a closer look at these signs below.
- Loss of focus: There is a decline in your personal effectiveness in your life occupation and relationships because thoughts of food flood your mind consistently. You are always thinking of food and lose focus on doing other things properly.
- You cannot control the portion you eat anymore – You eat more than you want to. Portion control is meaningless to you. Food can be sweet and occasionally we eat too much of a delicious meal, but consistent overeating shows a loss of control over food. When a person finds it difficult to exercise control when eating every time, it is definitely an addiction. It is compulsive overeating and called Binging. Even if you’re not hungry, you eat continuously. Portion control is not your forte – you wouldn’t be able to have one small bowl of cheese balls, because you prefer the jumbo pack with a family-size soda.
- Withdrawal symptoms occur: When you are restrained from eating food for a while, you show an obvious level of anxiety – and you instantly feel calmer when you finally find food to eat. If you were to have a friend over and you’re hiding your food addiction to that friend, you may quite agitate to the point where you can’t wait for your friend to leave so that you can eat those cookies hidden in your bedroom.
- Decreased social interactions: Now you prefer being with food than with people. Even when you have people around you, you soon slip away to be with food to eat. Your perspective about people and food is taking an exchange. You begin to feel food is a reliable friend and people have all. Your close relationships begin to deteriorate, because concerns about your eating habits, or weight by your loved ones is being perceived as offence by you and you find it difficult to handle the issues diplomatically.
- In a metaphorical prison for food addiction: You are afraid of your conduct around food in public so you avoid the outings that involve food at least. Also, you avoid social events, family gatherings or parties especially when there would be food served, because you feel quite ashamed about your weight. Your unhealthy eating habits are keeping you locked up in a metaphorical prison. You avoid people because you don’t want to be seen, and you avoid social gatherings because you’re ashamed about your weight while it’s also tough to find decent clothes to wear that fits you properly.
- Food becomes the only valuable you recognize with your time and money: You go out of your way to fulfill your cravings and gather food from far-away stores or restaurants. You then spend a lot of time focusing on gathering and eating food instead of focusing on more important things. You procrastinate and avoid important errands– just to sit and eat .
- Food comas occur: You get a numb feeling right after you have been over stuffed with food…like you are in a ‘food coma’. Well, this is a short term physical side effect of food addiction. Your eating sometimes seems like an out-of-body experience or sometimes feels as though you’re in a trance. You might eat scary amounts of food, only to feel physically sick afterwards.
- Getting rid of food rigorously: After overeating, a food addict may want to get rid of all that food in excess and do it at all costs. Some food addicts after overeating purge by throwing up, inducing vomiting or using laxatives. Some other food addicts engage in rigorous exercise that ends up causing bodily harm just to get rid of the food in excess. This is definitely not a good feeling.
- Guilt and shame: You find yourself unable to quit overeating despite its physical effects. You’re now obese because of overeating. You get a guilty feeling right after you have failed to control your portion, eat junk or forcefully purge for the umpteenth time, but you find yourself returning to these acts like they are a guilty pleasure. If you’re ashamed, embarrassed or feeling guilty about how much you eat, this is a good thing as it means you’re aware of the problem. It means that you’re aware you eat too much, you’re aware that you need to work on portion control, and you can recognize the detriments of keeping up this pattern.
- You switch the portion you eat when you are alone – If you remember the subtle signs of food addiction post, there’s a similar point to this. Now, the difference here is your normal function is altered because you increase the portion of food you eat only when you are alone. This is a secret habit you’re embarrassed of. You know you have a problem when you’re embarrassed by how much you eat, and you wouldn’t want anyone seeing you engage in your abnormal eating behaviors.
- Eating to relieve stress: Are you likely to go on a chocolate and ice cream eating marathon because you suffered heartbreak, loss or any kind of stress? This is a severe sign of food addiction too. You eat food to get numb from your problems – it’s like your medicine. You need it, and are addicted to it. If food seems to calm you down, dear you are a food addict. So, if your friend won’t leave your house, you’re stuck in a lengthy meeting, or for any reason you’re being kept from eating what you want to eat, you’ll get anxious and you’ll get irritable. You’ll instantly feel calmer and happier once you’re able to eat food again. This is a sure sign of a food addiction.
- Obsess about your weight: Whether underweight or over weight. You see your weight as a factor for all the wrong things in your life and a justification for you unhealthy eating habits. You act out trying to control your weight with desperation. If you continue to over-indulge in unhealthy, starchy, fatty foods even though you’re desperate to lose weight or gain weight, that’s a sign that you’re addicted. You notice all of the negative impacts your weight and your overeating has on your life, yet you continue to engage in this self-destructive behavior because you’re attached to the behavior of compulsive eating.
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