Stopping Food Addiction

by Melody
(Orlando Florida)

I'm only 19 years old and I've been struggling with food addiction and body image for years. I need this to stop. How can I do this? Help!


Similar to any other addiction, food has become an escape from any type of anxiety.
When you’re bored, angry, frustrated, happy, you name it – you’ll resort to food. You probably know every diet that’s out there, but compulsive over-eating is not about diet. Eating serves to comfort you and while you’re eating, you are temporarily comforted – but then you must deal with the consequences, as well as the guilt.

You need to learn new coping strategies, so you don’t escape into food to release pressure. A therapy, counseling, or coaching can help you overcome this. Twelve-step programs like Over-eaters Anonymous can also be effective.

When you’re a compulsive over-eater, you feel worthless and have low self-esteem.
Don’t be hard on yourself. This is a problem and you’ve admitted to it, so the next step is not about the latest diet, it’s about learning a whole new lifestyle, and developing a powerful life, not based on food.

All the best


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