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Eating Disorders as Addictions?

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by catherine_sky, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. catherine_sky

    catherine_sky Member

    Eating Disorders - various theories exist as to why people develop eating disorders and therefore how they are treated. Treatment approaches may come via general medical services, dietetic services or mental health services. Should Eating Disorders been classified as an addiction?
  2. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Community Champion

    In fact Binge Eating Disorder, also called Compulsive Eating Disorder is a serious health problem resulting from food addiction.

    In both the United States and the UK there are non-profit organizations helping people suffering from food addictions problems, providing further online information to raise awareness on the topic.

    You may refer to these links to find it out,
  3. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Eating too much or what is called gluttony is an addiction and that is a disorder. Right that eating disorders can be because of various reasons such as depression and health conditions. So the treatment for it varies too.
  4. E.Mil

    E.Mil Community Champion

    I do think eating disorders are an addiction because whether a person is under eating or overeating, the person is usually addicted to doing that.
  5. rightct

    rightct Community Champion

    Eating way too much/little is something we should look at. I personally believe that addictions are oftentimes caused by something we lack in our inner self, but I don't know what we lack when eating until our stomach rips off, really. Pseudo-addiction, perhaps? I wouldn't know, I was never put in the situation of actually eating too much even once.
  6. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    Well they say it is a mental illness. I think it is a scam myself. Eating disorders have so many things that play into it. Propaganda and media brainwash people into thinking they need to have their body a certain way. Magazines and so forth with photoshopped bodies that aren't even real. The food has chemicals that mess with your head.
    Eating disorders are a condition that is induced. This is just how I view it.
  7. Ttirb

    Ttirb Active Contributor

    I believe the habits you have as a result of an eating disorder could classify it as an addiction. My bestfriend growing up was anorexic and bulimic. I found a notebook of hers where she kept count of every single calorie she consumed, every sip of water she took, along with every move she made that could've possibly burned even just one calorie, how many times she threw up, even the exact time all of these events took place. It was obsessive and sickening. I didn't even know she had that deep of a problem until I found that notebook. I remember going to her mothers house and crying because I felt so bad. A lot of people classify an eating disorder as a mental health problem, a lot of people also classify addiction as one as well. So yes I believe an eating disorder could be classified as an addiction.
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  8. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    I do think that eating disorders should be considered addictions because the need to be thin controls your life. The person will do anything to have that control of their eating habits. Their whole life is surrounded around it. Most people need help to deal with their eating disorders. So I would say yes it definitely falls in the addiction category.
  9. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    Binge eating should really be considered an addiction... I know because I still binge eat every weekend. My food and sugar addiction were out of control some weeks earlier (before I started working out) I reached a point in which I thought I no longer had control of my own body... and I just ate and ate... I couldn't help myself, I just couldn't stop it... I need to eat to feel good and ''whole''.
  10. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    I think to a degree you could look at eating disorders as an addiction. Overeating, or eating next to nothing, often consumes a persons mind, to the point that it impacts everything they do. People who binge eat often do so in secret, people who have anorexia often end up avoiding situations where food will be present - I've known people with anorexia who would never go out to a restaurant with others for fear of having to eat. So yes, in a way it definitely fits some of the characteristics of an addiction. I'm more inclined to term them illnesses though.
  11. Jasmine2015

    Jasmine2015 Community Champion

    I would call it an addiction for sure. If you like to purge, that can be addictive although I'm afraid of people getting holes in their necks due to stomach acid. Maybe the person is addicted to looking a certain way so they don't eat.
  12. Coolkidhere

    Coolkidhere Community Champion

    That is really sad to read. I hope she got over her anorexia and bulimia. I cannot imagine the stress and anxiety she had because of her condition. I was also like that before wherein I would count every calorie I ate and every exercise I did. I realized that that is not the proper way to live. I learned to eat healthily and be active.

    On to the topic, I also believe that eating disorders can be an addiction. When you become obssessed with becoming thin or the idea of being thin, you become addicted to eating less. Which can really put your health in danger. Many women and even men, are like this these days. Counting every calorie, is not really the answer. Living a healthy lifestyle is.
  13. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    It could be an addiction, but it's definitely a health problem. Eating the right food is important to maintain good health. If someone has a eating disorder they will develop health problems. A eating disorder is a dangerous addiction. People who sit in front of there TVs eating all day long can develop this disorder.
  14. Ali16

    Ali16 Senior Contributor

    I think an eating disorder is a type of addiction for sure. A person engages in an unhealthy behavior and they feel they have no control over what they're doing. Often though, they don't see the behavior as a bad thing. Sounds very much like a drug or alchohol addiction. They do need to be treated slightly different though I think, because usually there is a trauma history involved in eating disorders while not always with other addictions.
  15. Damien Lee

    Damien Lee Community Champion

    Yes, certain unhealthy eating behaviors are the result of an addiction. When I was in high school, I knew a girl who suffered from bulimia and she almost died because of this. It seems that she was addicted to binge eating which led her down that road. I heard that she did get better but still suffered several health complications.
  16. doatk22

    doatk22 Community Champion

    I used to have it all. It's demonic is what it is. It's not mental health. God set me free from all my addictions that I was chained to. It's also an outward expression of the heart of a person.
  17. misskrystal1982

    misskrystal1982 Active Contributor

    I do think it is an addiction, and a hard one to battle. When it's a drug, it's identifiable and then you can remove the problem substance. But if you are addicted to overeating, you can't take food away. You have to have it. So you must battle those demons until you are done with them. You will be faced with them every day. This is why it is so terribly hard for people to lose weight. As it has been mentioned, there are chemicals in our food now that we don't even really know fully what they are doing. They could be triggering this overeating problem we have.
  18. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    I think it is categorized more along the obsessive compulsive line. It usually goes along with perfectionist tendencies. Eating disorders manifest in a variety of different ways, but they always reflect an underlying anxiety along with control tendencies. SA usually is anxiety or depression there may be some parallels.
  19. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    I reckon that sometimes it can stress, which causes a person to do this and also the brain may feel this is the right way and need to look good like other people, and sometimes people change their foods too soon which causes problems in the long run. I think people need to be aware of what can happen and also they need to do more to change their life around and also, it can cause the person to eat more or less and it changes from day to day. I reckon that we need to be careful of what we eat as that can affect us in some cases and need to make improvements in our life.
  20. KennedyBaby19

    KennedyBaby19 Active Contributor

    I do feel that eating disorders are a form of addiction. Anorexic sufferers get "addicted" to seeing the weight fall off so they continue to restrict foods. A bulimic is "addicted" to how they feel after purging.