It is not uncommon for someone to have uncontrollable food cravings.  The cravings they feel often overwhelm the individual.  Their schedule is not usually built around finding certain foods.  If a person is given the chance to eat something they have an urge for, they find it difficult to say no.

Addiction is a loaded word that unfortunately holds a negative connotation for many people but the truth is that overcoming food addictions is a complex problem for which there is no one reason for it and no simple solution, but no matter what it is called, the basic definition is the same, it is an unhealthy relationship with food and it is something that a person must dedicate themselves to overcoming if they want to live a long and healthy life.

If a person does have a problem with food it does not mean that they do not care about it.  It is something that occurs in people of all ages, income levels, races and sexes.  The reasons that a person struggles with food varies for each individual.  Family genetics and how a person is raised are some of them.  No one has the desire to have these urges and to suffer from the consequences of it.  It is a problem that many people do not know that they have until it takes over their lives.

The cravings that a person has surface in the way that a person eats and are not easy for them to change.  The addiction can be a symptom of a larger mental problem.  It is one way that a person can hide their emotions.   The types of food addictions and the manner in which the unhealthy eating occurs varies from person to person, and while some people drive through a fast food restaurant and eat in their car others will get up at night to eat when no one else will observe them and criticize their behavior and some people will hide food to sneak when the opportunity presents itself or will go on an eating binge by eating as much food as possible in a short period of time.  It is not a one size fits all problem.

A person must first acknowledge the addiction that they have.  If you can not admit that you have a problem then you will not try to fix it.  A common thread among sufferers is the idea that it is a problem that does not require any outside assistance for a person to get under control.

There is one main requirement that someone must meet if they want to get a healthy relationship with food.  They have to admit they have a problem.  Not trying to solve the problem by themselves is another key.  People who have an unhealthy relationship with food can never forget about it.  One of the reasons is the failure to recognize what is healthy and what is unhealthy.  Rather than seeking help, they believe that it is a matter of will power.

It is not uncommon to suffer from uncontrollable food urges.  There are many people for whom the relationship is not out of control.  But there are also people who are greatly affected by the unhealthy relationship.  If a person is controlled by food, they need to take the steps to correct it.  Having uncontrollable food urges can lead a person down a very unhealthy path.  People can run into many physical problems if they are not controlling their weight.  People need to consider how they treat food and how it affects all parts of their life.

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