Food is more than just a necessity for living. It is a source of entertainment in social settings and, occasionally, an emotional crutch. However, when the need to consume food becomes uncontrollable, food may be an addiction.
While food addiction may seem harmless, it can take a severe toll on a person’s physical and mental health. Here are some behaviors associated with a food addiction:
- Obsessive food cravings & a preoccupation with food
- Misuse of food (such as binge eating) despite knowing the health consequences
- Repeated attempts to stop overeating followed by relapse
- Loss of control regarding how much, how often and where overeating behaviors occur
- Negative impact on your personal & professional life
- A need to consume food for a sense of emotional release
- Eating alone to avoid attention from others
Treating food addiction is different than treating other addictions, such as those to alcohol or drugs. As a Board-Certified Obesity Medicine Doctor, I can provide the tools necessary to overcome your food addiction.
The first step to treating food addiction is recognizing and accepting that there is an issue with food. Once the problem is acknowledged, I will create a customized weight loss plan for the patient. The goal of the weight loss plan is to curb the cravings that are driving the addiction. If needed, appetite suppressants or meal replacements will help patients regain control over food and the role it plays in their lives. I will give patients the tools needed to avoid tempting situations.
As with any other addiction, support is key. I will help patients suffering from food addiction every step of the way, and provide continued support on this journey.
You don’t have to deal with food addiction alone. If you or someone you love has a food addiction, give me a call!
Dr. Zachary Veres
Local: (330) 847-6220
Toll Free: (877) 887-5988
Information provided by American Addiction Centers & The Center for Medical Weight Loss