What exactly is food addiction?
severija/Shutterstock Everyone eats emotionally. We’ve celebrated a little league homerun with ice cream or found comfort in a cup of tea with a cookie. But for some, comfort eating has spiraled into something more: a food addiction. The idea is that food can mimic other substance abuse disorders and it’s a controversial issue; some researchers aren’t positive if one can truly be addicted to a candy bar. Other experts like David Wiss, MD, RDN, founder of Nutrition In Recovery, work with clients who identify as food addicts. Here’s what separates food addicts from folks who just occasionally overeat.
You get a “food hangover”
Sheila Fitzgerald/Shutterstock You ate so much high fat and sugary food you actually feel awful the next day. Mood swings, irritability, and bloating make you feel out of it. Get the facts on other ways your body reacts to a binge.