Eating Disorders

How to Stop Obsessing about Food



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Millions of people face a constant battle. While it may not be obvious to others, the war is going on inside their minds. They can’t stop obsessing about food.

They think about it all the time, worry about each bite of food they put in their mouths and worry constantly about how many calories they’re consuming. This obsession with food and diet often manifests itself in an eating disorder, which can become a lifelong condition. For those who can’t stop obsessing about food, below are a few suggestions.

* See a psychiatrist or therapist who specializes in eating disorders

Many food addicts live in denial far too long. They do not want to believe they have an eating disorder. They tell themselves that lots of people, particularly women, obsess about food. What they don’t realize is that their obsessions with food are taking a toll on their minds, bodies, spiritual lives and relationships. And they also don’t admit just how powerful this problem can be and the degree of destruction it can have on their lives.

For anyone with an unhealthy preoccupation with food, it’s important to seek professional help. The earlier, the better - as eating disorders and food obsessions become progressively worse and more unmanageable over time. A trained doctor or therapist can not only help a person get some support for this problem; they can also help a sufferer better understand the nature of the problem and all its manifestations.

* Develop a stronger spiritual life

Humans have spiritual sides, and they need to be well developed. Otherwise, they suffer in various ways. One form of suffering is an obsession with food For those who suffer this problem, it’s wise to build faith in God in conjunction with seeking medical and spiritual aid.

* Consider joining a 12-step program

The most famous 12-step program is undoubtedly Alcoholics Anonymous, which has brought millions of alcoholics out of the depths of living hell. What many people do not know is that there are 12-step programs for those who suffer from obsessing over food and eating disorders. One effective program is called Overeaters Anonymous. It encourages surrendering all aspects of one’s life, including food obsession, over to God and taking practical steps to ensure daily surrender.

Food obsession is a huge problem for many people. They may mask it well, but its effects on their lives is damaging. There is help out there for those who find the courage to seek it.

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