Addiction is commonly associated with drugs, alcohol and gambling, but the reality is that it is possible to become addicted to almost anything. A person is classed as being addicted to something when he or she become obsessed to the point where it has an adverse impact on his or her life. These days, for example, many people are becoming addicted to the internet or social media, to the point where their daily lives are negatively impacted.
Another growing issue is food addiction, with countless individuals becoming so obsessed with eating that they cannot function normally. Binge eating disorder or food addiction can lead to obesity, diabetes and other related health problems.
What is Binge Eating Disorder?
Those affected by binge eating disorder feel compelled to eat large amounts of food in a short period of time. They will continue to eat despite not being hungry, and many eat until they feel physically sick. Binge eaters tend to have little or no control over their eating, but when a period of bingeing is finished, they may feel disgusted, ashamed or guilty of themselves.
The TLC reality programme My 600lb Life features morbidly obese individuals talking about their struggles with food and their weight, and Milla Clark is the latest to feature. Weighing in at 700 lb, Milla is now bedridden, and her size has left her unable to feed or bathe herself. She admitted that her addiction to junk food has led to her piling on the pounds, and for a long time she has been relying on her children to take care of her and bring the junk food she craves.
Milla was admitted to hospital where she lost 50 lb, but said, I’ve had my kids bring me whatever I want and that puts them in a difficult position, so my doctor wants my children to hear from the nutritionist before he lets me go home.
She said she was worried about returning home from the hospital and fears she will be unable to control her eating once there.
Milla said she wants to lose weight so that she can become independent once again, as her children have been taking care of her for a long time. She went on, I need my family to help me fight for this if I am going to have a chance. This is a matter of life and death for me right now.
She said that she ate as a very young child in order to feel loved, and remembers being as young as three when other children began calling her fat. However, she said that as she was so young, she did not make the connection between her weight gain and her food intake.
She said, My father was never around when I was young, so I only had my mother and my sisters, and my mom never really knew how to tell us she loves us. She never said it. She never hugged me or kissed me, but what she would do is feed us.
She explained that their mother would give them a whooping if they did not finish the food they were given and that she often finished her sisters food to prevent her from being punished. She also admitted that she ate whatever her mother gave her because it made her feel loved.
Help for Addiction
Milla struggled with her weight throughout her childhood and into adulthood. Nevertheless, food addiction is an illness that can be treated, and the sooner the better. If you or someone you love struggles with an addiction to food, contact us here at Rehab Helper. We can put you in touch with a suitable provider where you will be given the help and advice you need to overcome your addiction.