It doesn’t seem to matter what I eat, or how much I eat, nine times out of ten I feel guilty afterwards. Unless it’s something that is undeniably healthy like an apple or something, I’m going to feel guilty for cramming it down my gullet. Unfortunately, the guilt doesn’t set in until I’ve already eaten it. It would be much more helpful if my healthy food conscience would stop me before I went through the drive through.
I’ve heard the term “Food Addict” thrown around a few times (fine, I heard it on Oprah, whatevs,) but I wasn’t really sure if it’s a real thing or if it’s just something fat people with no will power claim to be. So I did what anyone with a question and a Wi-Fi connection would do; I Googled it.
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Apparently it’s real. Very real. 12 Step Program real. Huh, who knew? The website is foodaddictsanonymous.com and their mission statement is, “Recovering together one day at a time from the biochemical disease of food addiction.” Biochemical disease of food addiction. Ok then.
I started browsing the website wondering if I’m a food addict. It would be kinda awesome if I was. That way I could blame my lack of self-control on a disease. An addiction. How can I be upset with myself if my food consumption is beyond my control? My “addiction” could be my scapegoat and my lack of will power can finally be left alone.
Unsurprisingly I do fit the profile of a food addict. Shocking. Apparently a food addict is anyone who yo-yo diets, has a legit eating disorder (bulimia, anorexia,) feels depressed or ashamed about their weight/eating, uses food as a reward or comforter, or avoids social outing because of feeling too unattractive to attend. That’s me. I can check off all of those except the eating disorder.
Ok. So I’m a food addict. Now I just need to follow the FAA (Food Addicts Anonymous) eating guide, go through the 12 steps, and get a sponsor, then I’ll be thinner, more spiritually balanced, and happier than I’ve been in years! Problem solved!
Too bad I don’t really believe in “food addiction” or in any way think it’s a genuine disease. Sure, their eating guide looks spot on, and it’s always good to have someone keeping you accountable, but I think calling it a food addiction is taking the easy way out. Like I said, I’d love to say, “Oh it’s not my fault I ate Taco Bell. I have a disease,” but come on. Just man up and say, “I ate something I shouldn’t have and I’m going to suffer the consequences. I’ll try not to do it again.” Accept responsibility for yourself and take care of your problems.
Of course, like most pieces of advice, that’s easier said than done. Especially in this society where there’s an excuse for every perceived shortcoming out there. There’s an addiction, a syndrome, a condition, a chemical imbalance for every aspect of your personality you don’t like. And of course, most of them are legit. But, a lot of them aren’t. Food addiction is one that isn’t.
Take that, Oprah.
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