Food may give nourishment, but for many of us, an addiction to food and disordered eating is a life sentence to unhappiness and ill-health; overeating will leave individuals more prone to obesity, diabetes and heart problems. With research indicating that sugar is more addictive than heroin, food addiction is a very real affliction.
Do you have food addiction?
- These are some of the common signs and symptoms of food addiction:
- Binging on food to the point you feel sick
- Eating in secret
- Rewarding yourself with food
- Saying your dieting (but in reality you’re gorging)
- Abstaining – only to binge worse than ever
- Seeking out certain foods and going to great lengths to obtain them
- Focussing more on the food at social occasions than the people attending
- Using laxatives or over-exercise after a binge
- Feelings of depression and hopelessness
- Using food to stave off feelings of helplessness and depression
- Suicidal thoughts
- Avoiding social situations – so you can eat in private
- Food craving – especially for high-fat or high-sugar foods
- Mood swings
Food addiction a growing problem
Various studies have linked food and addiction. At one point, experts even recommended that alcoholics swap alcohol for sugar – which led to overeating.
Scientists have now linked sugar with addiction. Sugar – as with alcohol and narcotics - affect a person’s brain chemistry. Eating sugar releases chemical compounds in the brain, in a similar way to cocaine.
The dangers of food addiction
As well as the emotional cost of food addiction, overeating can cause a host of physical problems, including:
- Heart disease
- Poor nutrition
- Joint problems
- Sleep apnoea
- Poor body image
- Kidney/Liver Disease
Treating food addiction at Serena House
As a dedicated addiction clinic, we are expertly-placed to treat food addiction. When you come into Serena House, you will be met by an integrated team of experts and support staff, some of whom have had similar experiences to what you’re going through.
Your diet will be supervised by a Clinical Nutritionist. All meals are prepared by our inhouse chef, and your stomach and palate will be retrained to appreciate mouth-watering but healthy meals.
A complete medical detox is a safe way to hand your care over to the experts, who understand the complexities of food addiction, and know that everyone is an individual.
Learn to break old patterns of negative thinking
Our experts can help you return to healthy eating patterns. Treatment may include medical monitoring, individual or group therapy, nutritional counselling and eating disorder education.
Our dedicated therapists and doctors help find the best psychological treatment so you can get to the cause of the problem.
At Serena House, we can also organise access to experts who can help with any of the side-effects of your condition, such as assessing and treating any damage to bone density, a dermatologist can advise with skin problems, while a gynaecologist can give you a full check when it comes to fertility.
With help from our dedicated team you’ll be well on your way to returning to a happy and healthy way of life.
Serena House is a private food addiction detox clinic in the heart of London
Talk to one of our counsellors on 020 3582 4288.