We all know of the self-starving eating disorders, such as anorexia. They can even be fatal. But what about an obsession with consumption?
With the alarming global rise in obesity, you should know the symptoms, the revealing signs you should look for.
Our friends, our loved ones, our colleagues, and especially our children all need our help. Our vigilance in their behalf can spot the early signs of an oncoming eating disorder leading to a lifetime of suffering. And a shorter lifetime, at that.
An eating disorder becomes an addiction. Fat takes on a hormonal protective mind of it's own, literally compelling its victim to consume more and more.
Like heroin or cocaine or alcohol, food addiction can take over a person's life. They obsess over food constantly. And they suffer emotionally.
But you can help. There are definite signposts marking that road, which leads to the snowball effect of overeating, and eventual morbid obesity.
Here are some of the warning signs to watch for, of a food addiction---
• Eating to the point of discomfort or pain, with harmful gastric consequences
• Embarrassment, self-mockery about weight, food intake, food addiction
• Eating faster and then eating more, while others eat normally
• Fear and shame, that this eating behavior is out of control
• Frequently eating alone, even hiding, or eating meals between meals in a vehicle and tossing out the evidence as litter
• Self-loathing, secretly grieving and disgusted, appalled at the amount eaten
Of course, there are individual dynamics to each person's problem. But you can help yourself and those you care about by being sensitive to these signs of trouble.
Don't rush to judgment, or give harsh warnings, but be kind, and persistent. Often, a food addict will only eat still more, if feeling ashamed and guilty.
As obesity compounds itself, other symptoms will include irregular heartbeat, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, joint pain, bowel troubles, and dizziness, among many others.
Finally, before doing anything--- get professional help, consult a doctor or specialist, for yourself or for those you love.