Are You Addicted to Food?
Here are some clues that you may be addicted to sugar, flour, and processed food.
The more intensely or more frequently you experience these feelings and behaviors, the more addicted you are:
- You consume certain foods even if you are not hungry because of cravings.
- You worry about cutting down on certain foods.
- You feel sluggish or fatigued from overeating.
- You have health or social problems (affecting school or work) because of food
issues and yet keep eating the way you do despite negative consequences.
- You have spent time dealing with negative feelings from overeating certain foods, instead of spending time in important activities such as time with family, friends,
work, or recreation.
- You have had withdrawal symptoms such as agitation and anxiety when you cut
down on certain foods (do not include caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, and
energy drinks in this).
- Your behavior with respect to food and eating causes you significant distress.
- Issues related to food and eating decrease your availability to function effectively
(daily routine, job/school, social or family activities, health difficulties).
- You need more and more of the foods you crave to experience any pleasure or to
reduce negative emotions.