Food Addict or Diet Junkie?

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about food addiction. Earlier this year, I co-led a workshop with sugar addiction expert Dr. Nicole Avena and later participated in a panel discussion on the topic for an audience of eating disorder professionals. One of my favorite parts of teaching is the stimulating questions and discussions that inform my own thoughts. One issue that has been rattling around in my brain is how to explain the striking similarities between the symptoms of sugar addiction and the descriptions that I hear from my patients who struggle with cycles of dieting and binge eating.

I started to wonder: are food addicts really struggling from chronic dieting and binge eating?

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