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Food addiction

“I came here looking for help with my eating problem. Soon after starting the treatment I noticed a significant improvement. They employ a very nice personal approach.”

Experience of a client who successfully completed a treatment of ours in September, 2013. Shared on the independent review site ‘Zorgkaart Nederland’.

 

Focussed on food all day long

You are so obsessed with eating, dieting and your weight that it has interrupted your life. The digits on the scale decide your mood for the day. You’re on the scale twice a day, or not at all. During the day you adhere to a strict diet and when night falls you empty the fridge. And the kitchen cabinets. You compensate by throwing up after you binge, or you take laxatives, or workout excessively. Then you plan your strict diet again. Or you don’t compensate and you slowly see your weight increasing.

Temptation

People have a natural weakness for the temptations of nice food. One more than the other. Now that we are surrounded by nice, cheap and high-calorie food on a daily basis, along with all the different ways in which we are tempted to consume it, things can become troublesome.
At the same time, we’re surrounded by images of pretty, skinny people. It appears as if everyone is successful, fit and happy. We compare our inside with the (processed and staged) outsides of others and we hopelessly feel like we fall short. If only I was that thin…

Distraction

Nice, sweet, greasy, salty food, and lots of it, can also be a distraction. A coping mechanism to temporarily push away feelings of boredom, sadness, loneliness, anxiety, or other bad feelings. Unfortunately, these will come back at you like a boomerang.

The difficulty here is that we are creatures of habit. We have a tendency to do more of the same instead of taking a step back. We’ll do the same thing and expect a different outcome. This time I’ll manage to permanently lose weight with a crash diet. Without binge attacks. When I’m skinny, everything else will fall into place.

Slowly but surely, this fixation can start to dominate your life. You get increasingly stuck in a rut and you no longer have room for other things in your life. Fun becomes a thing for later… The sooner you intervene, the better. Talk to someone about it, seek professional help if you can’t do it alone. Enrich your life.

If you can identify with the statements below, you might have an eating disorder. Do worries about food and your weight dominate your life? Don’t keep it to yourself. Confide in someone, seek support and, if necessary, professional help.

  • I often think about my weight, dieting and food.
  • There is a lot of food I don’t allow myself to eat (food is categorized in ‘good’ and ‘bad’ lists).
  • Sometimes I have eating binges; I lose control and stuff my face.
  • When I ate a lot, I often feel bad about myself.
  • I avoid situations that make me uncomfortable with my body (beach, dancing, sex).
  • I get on the scale on a daily basis, or multiple times per day.
  • My looks greatly influence my self-image.

Do you experience uncontrollable eating binges, or do you obsess over your weight and food? We can help you turn food into a healthy aspect of your life, leaving room for other aspects once again.