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My Addiction

My addiction would definately have to be food. I don't know if that means a lot to people, but it means a lot to me. I don't eat because I'm hungry anymore. I eat all the time. I can't do anything without eating something. I feel like I don't have any control over myself. I hate when people say, "Just go on a diet." or "Just stop eating." Seriously it's just as hard for an alcoholic to "just stop" drinking. It's an addiction I've tried to take care of by dieting, but it seems to come back to me. What's worse is I don't really look like I'm overwight or anything. I mean I'm not skinny, but I am a pretty average size. So people don't take me seriously when I say I have this addiction. They think I just have some selfesteem issue with my weight or something. It's not my weight that bothers me, it's my self-control. If I can't stop myself from something as simple as eating what I don't need, then how am I supposed to control any other part of myself? I need help. I don't know what to do.
Browneyes4322 Browneyes4322 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 30, 2012

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You really do need to get some counseling. Yes, it is an addiction, and it is one of the most difficult ones to overcome, because while we can live without alcohol or nicotine or any of the other drugs, we must eat to live, so we can't even just not keep it around. There is help for you. I would recommend OverEaters Anonymous, but if as you say, you are fairly fit, you could run into resentment from the people who are there because of HUGE weight issues. I think the first thing you really need is a full physical by your physician. Make sure you don't have a physical problem that is causing you to feel the need to eat constantly. If all is well physically, then you might ask your doctor to recommend a support group for you; one of the eating disorder clinics, or maybe a psychiatrist or psychologist.

Thanks for that. It's nice to see some real advice other than "just stop" I'll definately look into it.

You're welcome. Good luck.