The Food Addiction Institute's is getting ready to launch their international Just Say It! Addiction to Food Is Real! Recovery is Possible Campaign.
Of The 87,000,000 adults in the US who are obese, it is estimated that a third to a half may be addicted to specific food substances. That suggests as many as 40,000,000 people in the US may be food addicted. Going further, Dr. David Kessler * has estimated that as many as 70,000,000 US adults may exhibit the key characteristics of food addiction: physical craving and loss of control.
*Dr. David Kessler. Former Commissioner of US FDA and Dean of Yale School of Medicine and author of The End of Overeating
Addiction to food is real. It exists. People who have it require specialized, long-term peer support and and sometimes specialized care. In the US, diabetes, cancer, stroke, heart disease, and sleep apnea are on the rise and for some Americans, food addiction may well be the underlying cause of these maladies.
Just Say It!! People are being treated for the wrong disease and therefore given the wrong treatment plan.
When properly treated, people can recover. With a proper diagnosis, an appropriate treatment plan, support, and care recovery is possible. This means that many of the most resistant cases of obesity our nation faces could be remediated.
What can you do right now?
If you are think your are possibly a food addict, if you are a food addict, if you are a family member of a food addict, if you are a health provider, a community leader or government official then this soon to be launched campaign is important to you.
- LEARN about the true nature of food addiction
- ACT by seeking resources, getting help, or sharing resources
- Be an ADVOCATE for those that may be suffering or are suffering from an addiction to food.
Sign up for our newsletter and get up to date information about the upcoming campaign. Share the FAI website with recovery peers, family, friends, and colleagues and Just Say It!
Just say it!
Addiction to Food is Real! Recovery is possible.
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You may be a food addict. It isn't your fault.
You don't have to struggle forever.