The most annoying addiction that costs its victims billions in diets, prescriptions, cosmetic surgeries and private mental health counseling is the addiction to food. A food addiction has no set pattern, is not ruled by any one emotion, has no found cure and can’t be completely cured or the victim will die. There is no worse perplexing problem than food addiction. To even think of eating oneself to death is almost unthinkable and, still, there are millions of people who are doing just that, eating themselves to death. Food addiction does have a basic framework that some clinical therapists as well as medical practitioners have tried to get a handle on and millions made by selling those clues to normalcy away from food addiction to victims of food addiction.
A food addiction is a need to continuously eat. The type of food doesn’t matter. What matters is that food or whatever can pass as food (including paper cartons) can be chewed and swallowed. Very obese victims of food addiction have been known to eat items that were once only used as jokes on television shows that showed goats eating everything and anything including cans. The food addict is often ridiculed even more than other addicts since people assume that his avaricious need to eat while carrying 300 pounds of fat is totally of his own choosing. Nothing can be more from the truth.
The sad but true story of the food addict is an addiction that is not illegal, can’t be permanently stopped and still can kill you. Most food addicts resort to hiding in their homes and ordering online or through neighbors. A food addict is not likely to join a gym or an exercise studio for professional help from trainers and dietitians. A real food addict will often be found dead from asphyxiation since the huge weight makes breathing impossible. Finding food addicts through local outreach programs is also not an option since society has placed a stigma on the food addict and would rather think of them as a Confucius or a insatiable glutton. Help for the food addict is sometimes left only to family members who might grow very tired of handling the food addict and his seemingly unsolvable issues.