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11 Signs of a Food Addiction

Joseph Sparks

30th December 2016

Perhaps not the best time of year to share this post, but an interesting entry, especially for those studying addiction or eating behaviour.

While identifying a smoking or gambling addiction can be straight forward, spotting the signs of an eating addiction is not that easy – as we all need to eat, and most of us enjoy eating.

According to Andina Pearson, there is a lack of research into ‘eating addiction’. Other experts argue whether food addictions are actually a true eating disorder. While the debate may be ongoing, the symptoms of a food addiction are similar to Binge Eating Disorder (BED), which has led some experts to claim that food addiction and BED go hand-in-hand.

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The 11 Signs

  1. You Eat Enough, But Never Feel Full
  2. You Spend Too Much Money On Food
  3. Overeating Kind Of Stresses You Out
  4. You Have Cravings All The Time
  5. You Hide Food In Strange Places
  6. You Feel Guilty After Eating A Lot
  7. You Tend To Eat A Lot, Even When You Aren't Hungry
  8. You Actually Experience Withdrawal
  9. You Overeat When You Feel Sad Or Stressed
  10. You've Avoided Going To Parties
  11. You Aren't Deterred By Any Negative Consequences
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Joseph Sparks

Joseph is a Subject Advisor for Psychology at tutor2u. He is an experienced Psychology & Music Teacher, Writer, Examiner and Presenter. He is currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Education and is passionate about the impact of technology on teaching and learning.

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