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Feeding your addiction


No wonder weight loss remedies dominate the magazine covers and talk shows. More than 70% of Americans are either overweight or obese. Even more concerning? The fact that 20% of teens are already obese, a number that has quadrupled since 1980.

No wonder everyone is talking about an “obesity epidemic”! But here’s the thing… it’s not about obesity at all.

Obesity is just a side effect of a much more rampant and widely misunderstood issue—food addiction. It’s exactly like drugs. We don’t talk about having an “overdose” problem; we call it what it is—an opiate problem.

Food is the same way. We don’t have an obesity problem, we have a food problem, and more specifically, we have a food addiction problem. Food is the “drug” and obesity is the all-too common result.

Kimberly Day knows all-too well the subtle and devastating impact food addiction can have on your health and your life because she’s lived them. Unlike drug or alcohol addiction, food addiction is much more subtle. It sabotages your life, your health, and your self-esteem one spoonful at a time.

As Kimberly explains, the key “drug” involved in food addiction is sugar, followed by those foods that breakdown into sugar, especially the fast-releasing carbohydrates that are a staple of most people’s diets. Sadly, not only are we bombarded with thousands of these options, but there are entire industries dedicated to ensuring that you stay addicted, namely the food industry.

Like the tobacco industry of the 1980s, the food industry of today knows they are providing addictive products that harm your health long-term. Worse yet, they are literally designing the foods to BE addictive. Like the tobacco industry, they do everything in their power to obscure the true nature of their products, including just how addictive they are.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The weight loss industry focuses on the symptom (weight) rather than the true problem (food addiction and our relationship to food), often due to a lack of awareness. Even the medical industry seems to be confused about weight issues, what constitutes a “healthy food”, and which foods are truly problematic. Case in point? The American Heart Association’s “seal of approval” can be found on Fruit Loops. No wonder we are overweight and confused!

And that’s just the physical hold food has. Like any addictive substance, the real work begins when you stopping the “using” of food as a coping mechanism.

As Kimberly explains, addiction is addiction is addiction. ALL addicts reach for Substance A in order to deal with Situation B. Food addiction definitely fits this mold.

In this case, people “use” food to cope with fear or anxiety or painful situations. They eat out of resentment, loneliness, or boredom. They eat for protection, to keep themselves from people who do or have hurt them physically, mentally, or emotionally.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Kimberly shows you how you CAN escape the prison of food addiction.

The first step is recognizing that you are not simply overweight… that you may be “using” food to deal with stress and emotions and now it has a hold on you. In this way, you may want to food addiction—and all the factors that lead up to and caused your addiction—may be the real reason for your weight gain or an inability to lose weight
 
But detoxing from the addictive foods and becoming “food sober” is just the first step. Kimberly then walks you through identifying and dealing with the personal traps and triggers that can cause you “use” food in the first place by helping you create new, healthier coping mechanisms.

Finally, Kimberly teaches you how you can have lasting food sobriety so you can find that place of calm and joy where you have a new understanding of food, your body, and yourself.

Changing your relationship to food isn’t only possible—it’s freeing and well within your reach! Kimberly Day’s talk Feeding Your Addiction can show you how YOU can find this freedom and this peace. To explore bringing Kimberly to your campus, please email her at Kimberly@decadenthealth.com.