For those who already know they have a problem, and that problem is food addiction, an important question is: at what stage are they in the progression of the disease? This makes a difference in terms of what they might have to do to recover.

The last stage of food addiction is death. The death rates for food addicts are probably similar to those for obesity: statistically, active food addicts can expect to die five to ten years before their healthier counterparts, and more importantly, the last stages of life for the active food addict can be very painful physically, emotionally and spiritually.