Emotion and MindFood addiction and its differences from bulimia

Food addiction and its differences from bulimia

Food addiction disorder is a type of non-chemical addiction, the symptoms of which are compulsive eating and constantly thinking about food. Knowing its causes can help its resolution.

The anxiety eating (discover you more about how to control anxiety by eating ) is a form of anxiety that is manifested by binge eating food, usually when the person feels nervousness about a concern or a given situation (which can be passed, present or even future), which leads him to eat without stopping.

In this sense, a common disorder related to anxiety when eating is food addiction, consisting of a type of non-chemical addiction that should not be confused with bulimia (although it is true that it can have certain similar symptoms).

It is also a mistake to consider that food addiction in turn means being overweight, although like some symptoms related to bulimia, they also often tend to go together.

What does it mean to be addicted to food?

It means that the person who is addicted to food spends most of his time busy eating, constantly thinking about food.

Because of this, your emotions or the way you eat tend to be closely related to the amount of food.

Causes of food addiction

Although food addiction has different causes that can originate its appearance, it is true that in order to overcome it is essential that the specialist focuses on the real cause that has caused and causes its appearance.

  • Bad emotional management.
  • Impulsiveness.
  • Unsatisfactory life.
  • Little or no problem solving skills.
  • Little or no tolerance for frustration.

It is a mistake for the person to focus on what they eat and what they should eat, since these are not the causes that originate the appearance of this addiction.

How to overcome food addiction?

As we indicated in the previous lines, it is essential to look at the causes that have originated the addiction, and never what to eat or what the person should eat.

On many occasions, addiction tends to appear in impulsive people who have problems with their self-esteem (they generally have low self-esteem), who have problems solving their own problems and tend to get frustrated easily.

Therefore, the strategies indicated by the specialist should deal with solving and increasing self-esteem, providing techniques to the patient that help them better tolerate frustration, find the causes of why they consider that their life may be unsatisfactory and provide them with resolution skills correct problem.

As we can see, before the slightest symptom of food addiction, it is essential to go to the specialist, who will assess the situation and ultimately help us to resolve the addiction.

And what is bulimia? What are their differences?

The bulimia is coupled to anorexia nervosa, two of the disorders of eating behavior most common and best known today for the dissemination of them have different media in recent years, and criticisms that some advertisements or fashion events have received about it.

As we explained to you previously in another article, bulimia is characterized by being a behavioral disorder in which the person tends to overeat, in an exaggerated and compulsive way, without actually being hungry or not, and then feeling guilty.

Generally, it is a disorder that tends to affect women more than men, although today many specialists have found cases in which men are the main protagonists.

What are the symptoms of bulimia and what might be the best treatment for bulimia?

Symptoms of bulimia

  • Recurrent binge eating, in which the person eats compulsively and then tends to feel bad for having done so. To identify and confirm this symptom, there should be a minimum of two binge-eating episodes a week for at least three months.
  • Regular use of self-induced vomiting, diuretic or laxative medications or infusions. Scars can generally be found on the fingers as a result of self-induced vomiting.
  • Following strict diets or fasting.
  • Practice of intense exercise that helps to avoid weight gain.
  • Missing or irregular periods.
  • Eat in secret.
  • Symptoms of depression, including melancholic, pessimistic thoughts, and even recurring thoughts of suicide.
  • Feeling of loss of self-control during binge eating.

Treatment of bulimia

Generally, treatment for bulimia can be outpatient or inpatient.

Once bulimia has been detected, the treatment will involve avoiding recurrent vomiting in order to normalize the correct metabolic functioning of the patient, then imposing a balanced diet and the adoption of new eating habits.

Together with this basic treatment, the psychologist carries out a treatment that pursues a clear objective: to restructure the rational ideas of the person and correct the erroneous perception that he has of his own body.


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