Addicted to food : food as a drug
Graduate Research Paper (Electronic Copy Not Available)
Eating disorders; Compulsive eating; Obesity--Psychological aspects; Appetite disorders;
When considering the variety of substances on which individuals can become addicted, food is usually not a drug that comes to mind. Some may argue food addiction is not a real disease and food cannot be considered a drug. For people who suffer from food addictions, all exercise and diet plans offer is a fix for the symptom (weight gain) and not a solution to the problem: food addiction. The definition of food addiction can get blurry; the foods that are addictive are specific; the treatment for people with food addiction is not readily available; and the success rate for treatment can be hit-or-miss. However, by offering a better understanding of how food can affect the brain, body and our mood, one can better understand the connection between food as a drug and other addictive substances that create dependence. The following information covers a variety of topics that factor into food addiction including biogenetic causes, physical and cultural considerations, signs and symptoms, treatment, and implications for the practitioners working in the field of mental health.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
Darcie A. Davis-Gage
©2008 Emily A. Axvig
Axvig, Emily A., "Addicted to food : food as a drug" (2008). Graduate Research Papers. 287.