Is Food Addiction Real? What the Experts Say
Most people have likely experienced a food craving at some point, but when does it become something more than just a craving?
Highly processed and fast foods may contain ingredients that make consumers want to eat them again and again, but is it accurate to call these foods addictive?
The topic is controversial, and some feel the term “addiction” should be reserved for substance abuse issues.
On top of that, the research behind the psychology of food addiction is mixed, as are expert opinions, further complicating things.
Still, experts agree on at least one thing: If you’re struggling with eating, help is available, and you deserve it.
Here’s what experts want you to know about the potential—or lack thereof—behind food addiction, plus how to find help if you need it.