the HAES® files: Exploring Food Addiction

Hierdie pas in by wat ek ook dink: Die klein persentasie vet mense wat wel ‘n ongesonde verhouding met kos het, het in daai posisie beland nie as gevolg van te min dieet en worry oor hulle gewig nie, maar juis as gevolg daarvan.

Health At Every Size® Blog

by Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD

Does food addiction really exist?  This question was a big subject of controversy at the national conference of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) as well as that of International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP).

Two Sides of the Same Coin

Of those who have strong opinions about the subject, there are probably two sides whose opinions vary the greatest.

There are the researchers who study the issue, most recently via brain scans of larger-bodied folks who fall into the “obese” range of the BMI.  These professionals tend to support the idea of food addiction.

Then there are the dietitians and therapists who use mindful eating (or attuned eating or intuitive eating — all variations on the same theme of normal eating) to help people who struggle with eating and weight.  They tend to question whether food addiction really exists, at least beyond the fact…

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