I usually answer each comment individually but I worked 14.25 hours today (Thursday) and have to do a 300 mile route on Friday.
We all eat food. Abusing it is self-destructive. I know this all too well from first-hand experience. We don't all use cocaine but if we abuse that we will become addicted every time. Abusing alcohol brings about addiction as well. Do people abuse these two substances for emotional reasons as well? I'm sure it may start out that way. The difference is the body can come to depend on these substances to function and medical intervention is necessary or the person may die. I just don't see this happening with eating. There are medical interventions for obesity and better health is the result. We hear of some who have had the intestinal bypass surgery and gain back their weight. Is it because they are still addicted or because the emotional reasons for the overeating were not resolved? This can also be said of the other addictions I just mentioned. It could be argued that this is the same thing and I understand that.
I understand the rationale behind defining addiction as it relates to food. I just don't buy it I guess. I still feel like overeating is emotional at its base and not the result of addiction.
Each of us has to deal with this in the way that suits us best. I just don't want anyone using food addiction as a shield against changing a lifestyle. Life is too precious and we all want to be happy. If you feel you are addicted to food, does that facilitate repeated failures to overcome? We each have to answer that. I truly feel we can change. A trigger food doesn't equal addiction. It used to be peanut butter for me. As I look back I think I was truly craving the protein after dieting in the wrong way.
Good discussion folks. I am sure we are all thinking about this as it relates to our lives.
Be careful out there today.