There are many people who haven’t heard such expressions as “I find myself eating all the time”, “I can’t diet, I can’t keep it up even if I do”, “I gain my weight back when I don’t diet”, “I am happy when I eat”, “I just want to keep fit”. In fact, the only problem in his life is his weight, “My life will be so much better if I get rid of my weight” We’ve met people who have an opinion. Well, have you ever thought that this situation could be an addiction? When addiction is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is substance, alcohol or cigarettes. Food addiction, like other addictive substances, can cause physiological and psychological effects. Some people stop eating when they feel stressed or anxious, while others constantly need to eat something. Not only are we stressed or nervous, but neurotransmitters like Dopamine activate our brain’s reward system, creating a sense of relaxation and satisfaction. This increases the person’s dependence on food. Food tolerance develops in people with food addiction, and when the person consumes foods with high sugar, salt and fat content, they are not satisfied and continue to eat more. People who have a normal weight and try to maintain their form are much more likely to struggle with food addiction. Binge eating disorder is one of the most common problems in eating disorders. This disorder is the person’s eating more than normal in repetitive periods at a level that will be uncomfortable in a short time. Then the person experiences feelings such as stress, anxiety, conscience, regret. Another disorder, called Bulimia Neurosa, is when the person tries to act in behaviors that cause vomiting and diarrhea due to feelings of emotional guilt and regret after overeating. In advanced levels, more risky mental problems and problem behaviors are accompanied. It is a nighttime binge eating disorder, which is finally called Night Eating Syndrome. It is the behavior of eating at night even though the person feels a little hungry or not. In this syndrome, people also face mental problems due to sleep problems.
What Are the Symptoms of Food Addiction?
It manifests itself with the desire to eat, which cannot be avoided at first, or with the pleasure of relaxation after eating. In addition to this, the desire to eat that cannot be prevented despite experiencing health problems. Eating fast and frequent meals for short periods of time or consuming certain foods. Being overweight, feeling dirty and ugly, and still not being able to stop eating. Do not eat in private or alone so as not to attract the attention of others. It manifests itself with symptoms such as guilt, remorse, and trying to stop eating as a result of loss of self-confidence.
How Can It Be Prevented?
First of all, accepting that this situation is an addiction and getting the necessary support in order to get rid of it is one of the most basic conditions. In addition to medical treatments, there are Solution-focused therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma therapy and Diet plan and treatment methods. However, it is seen that Resonance therapy, which can be applied for Food Addiction today, is widely applied and successful results are discussed. In resonance therapy, the person can easily get rid of the consumption of carbohydrate foods without a special diet, reduce the portions without going into the psychology of dieting, and ensure that there is no desire to eat constantly.