My name is Mary F. and I am a food addict. I was morbidly obese for the first 37 years of my life. I weighed 160 pounds when I was in third grade and weighed almost 300 pounds throughout my high school years. My top weight was 340 pounds when I was 34 years old. On five separate occasions I lost 100 pounds only to gain it all back. I felt hopeless and depressed most of the time, and I repeatedly considered suicide as the only option to relieve me of the intense shame and despair I felt.
In 1990, after deciding I would eat myself to death because I could not stop bingeing on sugar and flour products, I went to treatment for food addiction. I learned that I am a food addict and that I cannot eat certain foods without creating cravings that I am unable to resist.
Now, I have maintained a 200-pound weight loss for 19 years. I have not binged since 1990 and no longer experience cravings. I have a normal size body. I am healthy. I have not had any form of bariatric surgery. Rather, I treat myself as a food addict.