Some researchers say there is no such thing as “food addiction.” At least, not in the true sense of the diagnosable term “addict.”
I beg to differ.
Just look around you.
Food addiction is systemic, woven into the very fabric of dining culture in this country.
- It’s in the way we are sold food – “No one can eat just one,” “Give into your cravings,” “The fourth meal.”
- It’s in how we stock our pantries – More is more! A deal’s a deal.
- It’s in how we try to diet (read: detox, get on the wagon), only to relapse in a final fit of cravings we can’t fight off.
- It’s in our parked cars and locked bedrooms, as we prefer to eat our biggest vices unwitnessed.
- It’s in Amazon Prime Now orders for buttercream carrot cake at 9pm on a Wednesday.
- It’s in our feelings of pending destruction standing in front of parties, cookouts, and stocked fridges.
- It’s in taking inventory of your friend’s cupboards when they leave the room. You’re not really sure why, it’s just an impulse to see if you can take one granola bar without them noticing.
- It’s in keeping private stashes of cookies and chips around the house. It’s waiting until your partner or parent goes to bed to so you can eat that final massive serving in secret.
- It’s in the universal joke that you feel like shit after ordering in wings and fries. But no one expects you to NOT partake. That would be extreme. Giving in is the norm.
- It’s in the “I ate it all so it can’t tempt me to eat it tomorrow” plan.
We fully recognize an alcoholic is set up to relapse if they continue to frequent the bar. And we aren’t surprised when addicts raid medicine cabinets or keep secret stashes throughout the house.
Why, then, are the experts so dead set to deny food addicts the opportunity to be fully seen in their battle?
Food addiction is real, I promise you. And it’s everywhere – secretly as well as out in the open. Refusing to acknowledge those of us who’ve lived it is only holding off any potential for recovery.