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Emotional eaters often crave specific comfort foods like ice cream, pizza, and chocolate

Identifying eating disorders can often be confusing.  Food addiction is considered a compulsive eating disorder where a person frequently eats either too much or too little. Food addicts often have body image issues and an emotional relationship with their food.

Are you a food addict?

Below is a list of common habits that can help you identify whether or not you may be suffering from emotional eating and food addiction. If you can identify with any of these items you should consider talking to a health professional, such as Rader Programs, and discuss your concerns with your eating habits and body image.

  • Emotional Eating - People with food addictions usually eat more when they are worried, stressed, anxious, or depressed. Overeating often leads to feelings of guilt. As a result, the anxiety about their overeating causes them to continue to eat even more. This type of overeating can quickly become a vicious downward spiral.
  • Fear of Food - Food addicts are constantly avoiding food.  Sufferers view food as harmful, and therefore run in the opposite direction. They find excuses for not eating and often avoid public events with food.
  • Weight Loss & Weight Gain - Are you concerned with gaining weight? Food addicts suffer from poor body image, and constantly feel the need to lose weight. Additionally, emotional eaters can go on binge roller coasters, which makes weight fluctuation increase. You may also diet often, and experiment with new ways to lose weight.
  • Substance Abuse - Emotional eaters and food addicts frequently abuse dangerous substances such as laxatives, diuretics, and amphetamines, and engage in harmful activities including self-induced vomiting, frequent fasting, and excessive exercise.
  • Food Obsession - Are you generally obsessed with thoughts of food? Constantly thinking about the amount of food you eat each day? Anxiety regarding food, gaining pleasure from the availability of food, and the anticipation of eating are all signs of food obsession.

Emotional Eating & Body Image

Individuals suffering from food addiction frequently have negative feelings about their body and are over concerned about their body size and weight. Their body image is negatively impacted by particular behaviors and beliefs. These are just some of the signs and symptoms of negative body image. If you experience three or more of the following symptoms please contact a professional:

  • Thoughts about "feeling fat"
  • Avoidance of social situations that emphasize physical appearance
  • Feeling shameful and guilty about your body
  • Weight determines how good you feel about yourself
  • Pinching of body parts to measure fatness
  • Looking at others to see how your own body size compares to theirs
  • What you weigh affects your relationships
  • Checking of reflection in glass windows to see how your body looks
  • Having special clothes that are used to make sure your body is a certain size
  • Having clothes that do not fit to entice self weight loss
  • Touching underneath the chin to check for a "double chin"
  • Feeling you cannot give a speech or make a presentation based on the way you look
  • Missing school based on feeling you have gained weight
  • Checking the diameter of the wrist for size maintenance
  • Attempting to elicit comments from others about how fat you are
  • Embarrassment about body weight
  • Checking to see how close thighs are together when standing up
  • Checking for cellulite in the thighs
  • Preferring to only wear baggy clothes
  • Difficulty undressing in front of spouse or other loved ones
  • Comparing own body to people on television, movies and magazines
  • Checking to see if body parts giggle
  • Checking to see if rings still fit as in the past
  • Checking to make sure same belt hole is used as in the past
  • Checking to see if you can feel your bones
  • Weighing yourself multiple times daily
  • Fear of weighing yourself
  • Making negative comments about your body to others
  • Difficulty taking compliments from others about the way you look