Studies have proven that neurotransmitters in the brain are affected by food, especially sugars. This is much like any other addictive substance where dopamine influences (the reward systems) result in a pleasure response. As food is a necessity for life, food addiction can become maladaptive and, like other addictions, once a person begins eating compulsively, they may feel better in the interim but after a binge or purge may have an overwhelming feeling of guilt.
Unlike ‘normal’ eaters, those food addicts have an abnormal reaction to food, they can’t stop eating even though they may be full. Such eating is used as a strategy to cope with life, a behaviour that is typically learnt in childhood. It is communally associated with physical and/or sexual trauma.
Our programme will work with the individual and assess the best path to recovery, our food will be nutritionally catered and we can also offer specific food plans to aid with the process, as our experience is that if we can put down the compulsive eating we can work with what is underneath.
Some symptoms of food addiction: