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The Food Addiction Institute

The Food Addiction Institute (FAI) founded in 2005, is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to support the healing of all food addicts. To accomplish our mission FAI works towards the following:

  • Advocating widespread acceptance of food addiction as a disease of substance

  • abuse and the availability of effective, abstinence-based solutions.

  • Helping to identify and expand knowledge about food addiction.

  • Providing professional and public education about food addiction as a
    treatable chemical dependency to physicians, dietitians, therapists,
    counselors and allied health professionals, internationally.

  • Offering information about promising new practices for the treatment of food addiction.

  • Supplying resources for those who may be food addicted. Creating a forum for
    the development and dissemination of innovative and effective public
    health strategies related to the prevention, mitigation and
    treatment of food addiction.

  • For Someone With Untreated Food Addiction, Life Is Filled With

  • Questions:

  • Why can’t I stop eating?

  • Why can’t I lose weight?

  • Why do I feel so driven to eat things I don’t even want?

  • How can I find someone to help me?

  • At the Food Addiction Institute, we have the answers to these
    questions! There is hope and recovery is possible. To begin, it’s
    important to understand what food addiction is.

  • Food addiction is a physical and emotional addiction to certain food
    substances which is similar to drug and alcohol addiction. When
    food addicts eat foods they are physically addicted to, a
    biochemical process is triggered in their bodies that causes them to
    crave more and more of this food. No amount of dieting or willpower
    can help to reduce these cravings.

  • Food addicts are not weak or lacking willpower. Instead, there is a
    physiological process taking place within their bodies that has
    nothing to do with willpower. In the same way that someone who has
    a cold cannot simply will that cold to go away, a food addict is not
    able to think themselves thin or stop themselves from craving
    certain foods.

  • In order to answer these questions and find recovery, food addicts need
    the help of trained professionals and peer support groups so they
    can find ways to put their disease of food addiction into remission.

  • In the same way that alcoholics and drug addicts must abstain from
    their addictive behaviors and food substances, food addicts need to
    discover and abstain from the foods that cause a biochemical
    reaction in their brains.

  • If you are a food addict who has yet to find recovery, please click on
    the For Food Addict’s pull down menu. If you are a professional
    who is interested in more information about food addiction to help
    your clients or patients, please click on the For Professional’s
    pull down menu.

For Food Addicts

Just Say It! Addiction to Food is Real! Recovery is possible. Spread the word.

For Professionals

Many struggle with or have an addiction to food. Find out more about this condition.

For Donations

Explore various peer support groups and treatment options

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