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What are the symptoms of food addiction?

Symptoms of food addiction include thinking about food constantly, allowing food to interfere with life, and using food to manage emotions, among others. Watch as psychologist Ramani Durvasula, PhD, shares the main warning signs of food addiction.

People with food addictions can display many symptoms that are similar to those substance abuse. The symptoms can include:

  • Being obsessed with food and the thought of food
  • Having no self-control when it comes to food
  • Your eating turns into a cycle of binging 
  • Being unable to resist eating to create a sense of pleasure and comfort
  • Needing to eat and having physical cravings many times a day

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