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The more you regularly rely on something external to lift you up, relax you, or help you feel better, the closer you move toward addiction. If you decide you are on the path to addiction, you can take action to change your behavior and find caring people to help you.
Eating is pleasant and relaxing. It satisfies hunger and is needed to keep you alive. But compulsive overeaters eat even when they are not hungry. And as eating increases, so does the risk for obesity, heart disease, and other health problems. Read the following statements and check “yes” or “no.” Answering “yes” to three or more questions may be a signal that food is taking over your life.
Do you turn to food when you’re depressed or as a reward?
Do you have a history of failed attempts at dieting?
Do you think a party or social gathering isn’t fun unless there’s lots of food around?
Do you think about food throughout the day?
Do you ever eat out of control, quickly and without pleasure?
Do you often talk or think about food (or refuse to discuss it)?
Do you eat when you’re feeling rejected or lonely?
Do you have a fear of not being able to stop eating once you start?
Do you continue to eat even when you’re not really hungry?
Are you more than 10 percent over your ideal weight?
Do you get short of breath during minor exercise, such as walking?
Do simple movements like bending over make you feel uncomfortable?