Food Addiction in South Florida

Food addiction in South Florida, as well as the rest of the world, is a growing problem.  Characterized by an obsessive-compulsive relationship to food, it is also sometimes referred to as compulsive overeating.  Compulsive overeating tends to lead to weight gain and in some cases, obesity, but not everyone who is obese is necessarily struggling with food addiction. And, fortunately, there is food addiction therapy and programs available to help those struggling.

Characteristics of Food Addiction

Those who suffer from food addiction in South Florida tend to engage in frequent episodes of uncontrolled, binge eating, during which they may feel out of control or frenzied.  Additionally, individuals struggling with food addiction in South Florida will continue eating past the point of feeling comfortably full.

The following are signs and symptoms of food addiction in South Florida:

  • Uncontrollable eating even when not physically hungry
  • Depression
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Decreased mobility due to weight gain
  • Eating alone due to shame and/or embarrassment
  • Low self-esteem

Those struggling with food addiction in South Florida also engage in grazing behavior, on top of bingeing.  Grazing consists of returning to pick at food throughout the day and results in a large overall number of calories being consumed even if the quantities eaten at any tone time may be small.

Getting Help from Food Addiction Therapy

Studies show, that during binges, those struggling with food addiction in South Florida may consume between 5,000 and 15,000 calories daily.  If left untreated, compulsive overeating and food addiction can lead to serious medical conditions.  These include, but do not limit to the following: high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and extreme depression.  Additionally, long term side effects of food addiction in South Florida also include kidney disease, bone deterioration, arthritis, and stroke.

Fortunately, there is help.  If you or a loved one are struggling with food addiction in South Florida, the Delray Center for Healing can help.

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