Addicted to Food

This year Americans will spend billions on weight-loss related products or surgeries. But for those who are really obese, some experts say shedding the pounds may require a different approach. Bill Stamps explains.

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A trip to the microwave is normal. But what about a second. Or third. Or a fourth. And what if you’re thinking about eating constantly? Well, a growing number of professionals say there’s a good chance you have an addiction.

“I don’t eat sugar. I don’t eat wheat. I don’t have caffeine or alcohol.”

Judy Sanders says she’s lost 75 pounds since she realized certain foods make her eat too much. She’s one of the many people attending a two day convention about food addiction. Hava Pell one of the organizers says she has an addiction as well. She showed me pictures of when she weighed 362.

Bill Stamps: “That’s you?”

“I’m afraid so. That’s me.”

She’s much lighter now…she says thanks to removing certain addictive foods from her diet.

“As long as I was consuming my addictive substances I could not stop the craving and the disease.”

So… you’re probably wondering how do you know if you have a food addiction.

“I am skipping social functions. I am eating even though I am in pain. And then the other part of it is there is withdrawal. When I let go of sugar, wheat, flower, certain kinds of fat, volume, and for me, artificial sweeteners — I actually have five days of withdrawals: headaches, sleepiness, grogginess.”

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They say a couple trips to the microwave may not help with your figure, but probably won’t make you obese. It’s the addiction they say that will make you go back for more and more and more and more.

Bill Stamps…KUHF Houston Public Radio News.