Questions and Answers

These questions and answers have been summarized from a forthcoming book by Philip Werdell.

  • What is Food Addiction? Food addiction is a disease which causes loss of control over the ability to stop eating certain foods. Scientifically, food addiction is a cluster of chemical dependencies on specific foods or food in general; after the ingestion of high palatable foods such as sugar, excess fat and/or salt, the brains of some people develop a ...
  • How do you determine if someone is food addicted? If someone eats when they really do not want to or if they persistently eat more food than their body needs, or eat in a way that they know is not good for them, they may be a food addict. It is certainly worth investigating the matter further. There are a number of tests and questionnaires ...
  • Are all overweight people food addicted? No. Obesity, eating disorders and chemical dependency on food are three very different medical problems. Some have only one of these medical problems, though it is not unusual for people to have all three. Obesity is entirely a physical disease. It is caused by excessive calorie intake and/or not using enough calories – and, occasionally, by ...
  • What does science say about food addiction? Since 1995 there have been a number of lines of scientific research, each developed separately, that have established evidence of chemical dependency on food: human genetic research, controlled animal studies, comparative brain imaging of dopamine receptors, controlled human studies using opioid blockers, biochemical studies of the digestive processes, outcome surveys of those in voluntary food ...
  • Is it possible to recover from food addiction? Yes. Treatment is simple but not necessarily easy, and like other addictions and chronic diseases, there is no permanent cure. It is possible however, to put food addiction in physical remission and then slowly to repair the psychological, social, economic and spiritual damage it has caused. The principles of recovery are simply to: 1) completely ...