Monday, August 12, 2013

Some do not understand eating disorders

Weight Maven is not living up to her name again.
Food addiction and eating disorders are different critters.

Food addiction is hyper-reaction to something in the food or causes something to be released or absorbed that causes a abnormal reaction. It is chemical. It often involves dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, an opioid peptide or some hormone. The chemicals must be removed from the diet.

In behavioral addictions those same list of chemicals are stimulated due to some behavior, we like it and an addiction forms. It can be food related, eating, or other behavior, gambling or sex are common. One is exterior chemical, one is internal generated chemical. The behavior must be removed, and replaced. This is a impulse drive, immediate gratification problem, impulsive not compulsive.

Externals are easier to handle- remove the chemical, aka sugar, sugar substitute, wheat, dairy products, protein, food additives, flavor enhancers, etc.

But now there is a separate class of people, those who become obsessed with a new behavior, dieting, weighting, measuring, computing in and out, CICO, calorie or gram counters, which is uselessly sloppy. These are compulsives, that need separate handling.

There are another group that have some biological or physiological unknow caused craving. This group suffers long, and has only limited relief from the cravings.

Until we separate the cause, and fix the cause, the cycle continues.


  1. Unfortunely, with some of us, it is either all or nothing. We have problems eating certain "foods". I find I'm better off avoiding some things, especially wheat, gluten, MSG, and high fructose corn sugar. YMMV.

  2. Moderation does not work for some . It is all or nothing. I find I am better to avoid wheat, gluten, MSG, and high fructose corn sugar. YMMV.

  3. Some can deal with and sort their weight problems, eating patterns. They know the cause and can act / re-act to it. Who am I to comment. I have not had a weight problem and do not have a health issue. I do have an interest in my health and do my utmost to eat well and exercise to keep it so. Sometimes if you have food addiction or any type of addiction more help should be sought.The solution may not be easy or straight forward but perhaps should not be ignored.
    Just my thoughts

    All the best Jan

  4. Hi Jan: and the bigger problem is the treatments are poor, and the problem is not understood by most "addiction" counselors. Not all people are controlled by the reasoning part of the brain. Therein lies the problem. A rational solution cannot work for those who are controlled by the instinct/emotion/animal/reptile part of there brains.


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