Is food addiction serious?

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics

Yes food addiction is serious. Food addiction like any addiction can be difficult to overcome. Unlike smoking or drugs, food is something you have to do every day and more than once a day. Eating is necessary for survival. Food addiction can lead to overweight and obesity and eating disorders all of which can increase your risk of developing other diseases. Food addiction can be both psychological and physiological. Food addiction can be helped by seeing both a registered dietitian and a therapist. Over Eaters Anonymous is also a great place to seek help. Visit to find a registered dietitian near you.

Anthony Beck
Addiction Medicine
Yes, it can cause obesity and other health problems such as heart attack, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes to just name a few.

Food addiction is a serious medical condition. The craving for food and the compulsion to eat can become strong enough that they interfere with other aspects of your life. Food addicts also face a higher risk for obesity and its negative health consequences, including high blood pressure, heart disease, some forms of cancer, and higher rates of depression. The addiction creates a vicious circle in which the person eats because they feel bad, but eating makes them feel worse about themselves so they eat more. Professional treatment is usually necessary to break the cycle and prevent future health problems.

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