Many who first hear about food addiction wonder if they might be food addicted. If you sense you are somehow powerless over specific foods or food in general, it is worth further study. We have included five ways. There is also information and resources for those who know they are chemically dependent on food and are looking for further help with their food addiction.
- Read or listen to inspiring stories of recovering food addicts. There are some in this section, and we will be adding more regularly. If you identify with the problem they have overcome or think that their success would be impossible for you, you might be a food addict.
- Get an assessment from a food addiction professional. We have listed some we trust in this section— doctors, treatment centers, dietitians, and counselors. There are more, and we will be post more as we grow. Those we have listed have experience effectively helping those who are chemically dependent on food.
- Go to a meeting where there are self-identified food addicts in recovery. The easiest place to find such people is one of the many food-related 12 Step meetings. A list and contact information is provided. They suggest that you go to at least six meetings. You can tell the members who are in recovery by noticing if they abstain from their binge foods, if they are approaching or maintaining a healthy weight, if they are working the program – doing the Steps with a sponsor and practicing the tools, and if there is something in their energy or spirit which is especially alive.
- Study more about food addiction and try the suggestions of those in recovery. There is good information on this website and at the websites of the treatment centers and 12 Step organizations. We have recommended a number of books as well. The best way to know if you are food addicted is to treat yourself as a recovering food addict and see if it works.
- Do your own self-assessment. We have included a general test which is suggested in our longer article on assessment. We have also included specific questionnaires through which you can get a quick sense of whether or not you are a “Normal Eater”, an “Emotional Eater” and/or a “Food Addict.” We also provide a link to the scientifically tested Yale Food Addiction Assessment.