I read this article today in response to the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman and it got me thinking. For those of you who think the article is TL;DR, the gist of the article is that addiction is not the “problem” – it is a way of coping with a problem (i.e., a mental illness).
This would send me off on a whole different tangent about mental health care and its availability, but I’ll save it..
While this article focuses on drug addiction, I generalized it to addiction in general, including food. Yes, food addiction is real. Numerous studies have shown that the same “pleasure areas” in the brain light up when given pleasurable foods as when given drugs like cocaine and heroin, or engaging in pleasurable activities like sex. Simply put, your brain releases those feel good hormones (endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, whatever you want to call it).
I am not sure if I can classify myself as a “food addict”. I like food, yes. Is it true that I sometimes overeat? Yes. Often? Yeah, probably. Or, do I just have really bad coping skills? Also a possibility (probability).
I think I need to leave the post here for right now. I know what I want to say, but I’m having difficulty saying it. I think I need some more time to figure out what I want to say, exactly, but I will finish this up tomorrow…