Are all food addicts fat?

Many food addicts are overweight, but not all of them; you can have an emotional preoccupation with food without overeating. Watch as I explain how food addiction and being heavy don't always go hand in hand.
Marjorie Nolan Cohn
Nutrition & Dietetics

No, the concept of food addiction is subjective. And there is no formal diagnosis of "Food Addiction." However, for those individuals that struggle with binge eating, or compulsive eating, obesity is common. Food addiction is generally associated with foods such as breads, starch, carbs, sweets, and desserts. When someone considerers themself a food addict they are unable to stop themself from eating large amounts of the addicted foods, this does often lead to weight gain and obesity.

Brad Lamm
Addiction Medicine
Obesity isn't the only hallmark of food addiction. Some of the people suffering from food addiction are thin -- dangerously so. It's a disease that takes many forms and centers first and foremost around a feeling of control -- losing and trying to regain it in a harrowing cycle of abuse of the body, soul and spirit.

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