Does my unhealthy relationship with food mean I’m an addict?

Jokes aside about being ‘addicted’ to ice cream, failing to control food consumption, despite negative impacts, is a problem

“Declaring your enslavement to Big Macs is not met with the same emotion as revealing a drug or alcohol addiction.” Photograph: iStock

“Declaring your enslavement to Big Macs is not met with the same emotion as revealing a drug or alcohol addiction.” Photograph: iStock

“My drug of choice is food. I use food for the same reasons an addict uses drugs: to comfort, to soothe, to ease stress.” – Oprah Winfrey

When it is no longer a question of satisfying hunger, that’s when the signs are there. It is not even over-indulgence. It becomes an obsession, a habit with the potential for unlimited control. It is good food, fast food, sweet food. The common denominator though, is that it is food. But how real is food addiction? And how seriously do we take it?

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