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Is compulsive eating an addiction?

Posted Nov 10 2008 4:41pm

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The other day I was sitting in my apartment after work and all I could think about was getting a Blizzard from Dairy Queen. I wasn’t hungry, yet I couldn’t stop thinking about giving into my craving. I tried to do different things to take my mind off of it; I did some laundry, ran errands, watched TV, and I went for a run outside. But no matter what I did, I could not get my mind to stop thinking about getting a Butterfinger Blizzard. Finally at about 9:30 at night, I caved into my temptation. Fifteen minutes after I finished eating, I was overcome by this sudden feeling of guilt. I know that eating a Blizzard is not healthy for me, I know eating lots of junk food was the reason that I weighed over 300 pounds a couple of years ago. I have worked so hard to lose the weight and get my body into shape, yet I find myself unable to overcome this one little temptation. All of a sudden I started thinking to myself, “Can compulsive eating be classified as an addiction?” Is compulsive eating any different from the “typical” addictions such as gambling, alcohol, drugs or nicotine?

The American Heritage Science Dictionary defines addiction as “A physical or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, Read the rest of this entry »

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