Posted by: RealisticRecovery | October 13, 2013

Am I a Food Addict?

Am I a Food Addict?
To find out, answer the following questions as honestly as you can.

  1. Have you ever wanted to stop eating and found you just couldn’t?
  2. Do you think about food or your weight constantly?
  3. Do you find yourself attempting one diet or food plan after another, with no lasting success?
  4. Do you binge and then “get rid of the binge” through vomiting, exercise, laxatives, or other forms of purging?
  5. Do you eat differently in private than you do in front of other people?
  6. Has a doctor or family member ever approached you with concern about your eating habits or weight?
  7. Do you eat large quantities of food at one time (binge)?
  8. Is your weight problem due to your “nibbling” all day long?
  9. Do you eat to escape from your feelings?
  10. Do you eat when you’re not hungry?
  11. Have you ever discarded food, only to retrieve and eat it later?
  12. Do you eat in secret?
  13. Do you fast or severely restrict your food intake?
  14. Have you ever stolen other people’s food?
  15. Have you ever hidden food to make sure you have “enough”?
  16. Do you feel driven to exercise excessively to control your weight?
  17. Do you obsessively calculate the calories you’ve burned against the calories you’ve eaten?
  18. Do you frequently feel guilty or ashamed about what you’ve eaten?
  19. Are you waiting for your life to begin “when you lose the weight”?
  20. Do you feel hopeless about your relationship with food?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you may be a food addict. You are not alone. FA offers hope through a real solution to food addiction.

FoodAddicts.org – Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous – FA is a 12-step program of recovery for people who suffer from overeating, under eating, bulimia, or obsession with food or body size.  There are no dues or fees, and meetings are open to anyone who wants to stop eating addictively.

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Responses

  1. For anyone with anorexia or bulimia, I do not recommend FA or OA or any program that encourages restriction. Learning about a Health At a Every Size, Intuitive Eating and emotional intelligence is a healthier way to go for those disorders. Studies show restricters ( many are chronic dieters or have what John Bradshaw calls fat-thin disorder, stay in the disorder with attempts at “abstinence”. Food is not a drug. It is not so black and white.


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