Beth gave this information on addiction. I appreciate the information. I still have trouble with defining our problem with food/eating as an addiction.
I think of Sean Anderson who has lost a tremendous amount of weight and has written a book - Transformation Road about his recovery. Allan Klein has lost a lot of weight - he got sick of it and is doing something about it. Jeanette Fulda who wrote Half-Assed (great book by the way) and so many others. Could they not have said "I have an addiction" and resigned themselves to being unable to change their lives? Doesn't their past eating behaviors qualify as an addiction by the definition at this web site? Yes. So if I give this the label of addiction do these people prove that an addiction is not a life sentence? Did they beat their addiction or did they refuse that label and change their lives?
Alcohol is addictive, so is cocaine and heroine but these things can be totally eliminated from a person's diet and there is recovery. Refined sugar in all its forms can be eliminated from the diet as well. I was over it within a week or two. We do have to eat and I have heard many obese people use this as proof that overcoming food addiction (if there is such a thing) is even tougher than overcoming addiction to alcohol or cocaine. I don't think so. This is only one more way to justify bad choices.
If a child is given a label - lazy, dumb, ugly - do they live up to it? Yes they do in most cases. I think many are living up to labels rather that living in addiction. Is it possible to get addicted to a behavior pattern? I call this a habit and a bad habit if it means eating for the wrong reasons.
I refuse to accept that I am addicted. I don't want a crutch. I want to walk under my own power all the way to my goal weight. Do you?