from http://foodaddictioninstitute.org/fundamental-concepts/normal-eater-emotional-eater-food-addict/2011/01/ (Blue text)
NORMAL EATERS may have problems with weight (even
obesity) if they do not eat the appropriate number of calories (and
exercise moderately) to maintain an ideal, healthy weight. The problem
for normal eaters is primarily physical: If they choose to eat a
balanced diet, exercise moderately, and get support for lifestyle
changes, they can lose unwanted weight (or gain weight) and keep their
weight in a normal range. Basically, willpower works; just put down the
fork and push away from the table.
EMOTIONAL EATERS often have similar problems with
weight but find themselves powerless to follow directions to lose (or
gain) weight and restore their health even when they want to. For those
with diagnosable eating disorders – i.e., anorexia, bulimia or
binge-eating disorder – the underlying problem is mental-emotional ( also religion/philosophical of a fucked up cult family) : It’s
not what you are eating but rather what is eating you. Problem eaters
use food to numb or medicate their feelings. What works for problem
eaters are a moderate food and exercise plan, as well as developing
skills to cope with feelings.
Beyond that it can be a unresolvable situation that trained us to using food as a maladaptive method of dealing with the problem, if food was available. It may have been also a parent that pushed food as a solution but that got out of hand... often the cause of the addiction. We need to learn coping skills to deal with the problems: religions forced isolation, location forced isolation, social isolation, (I became comfortable alone, then was forced into school, with many familiar restrictions) emotions, pain, lack of philosophy, or replace bad philosophy or religious bull shit, forced behaviors, control freaks, whatever:
FOOD ADDICTS become chemically dependent on specific
foods or on food in general. The way their body processes food is
bio-chemically different that that of normal eaters and emotional
eaters. Many food addicts are predisposed to becoming addicted to food –
especially to sugar, flour, wheat, fat, salt, caffeine, and/or excess
volume to any food – just as alcoholics are predisposed to being
chemically dependent on alcohol and drug addicts to heroine, cocaine or
prescription drugs. As the disease of addiction progresses, food addicts
become powerless over physical craving and develop distortions and
obsessions of the mind that keep them in denial.
So the only hope is to abstain completely from those foods. The automatic response to any unsuitable food: "That looks wonderful, but i fear it will raise my insulin level too much. "
It is my opinion that emotional eating is the first cause of my addiction, along with subconscious habit keeping it alive.
Addiction is likely a continuum, from those who are unwilling to give up a hyper-palatable 'treat' to those who want ... crave ... need... .
Teachable, the willingness to learn and accept new concepts, along with persistence, and a desire for temperance are likely required to move from percontemplation, through contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance to termination in the new improved self.
But what do I know?