There are several types of eating disorders, some that involve eating too much, and those that involve eating way too little. Generally, the sufferer has an inaccurate perception of their own body and feelings of shame related to their eating habits.
There are many and varied risk factors for the development of an eating disorder, and food itself is rarely at the root. Food is just the substance that becomes abused, not the driver of the disorder.
That said, our modern Western diets are full of foods designed to make us want more, eat more, and consume more often. There are some surprising foods – and food additives – that are ready-made for abuse. We’ll let you in on those meals and ingredients that can spell trouble for your dietary health.
Sugar is one of the most addictive foods on the planet because our brains are hard-wired to crave it. Sugar provides the body with ready fuel for energy. But while nature has provided a huge range of naturally sweet foods, industry has discovered how to pump way more sugar than necessary into a range of products.
When we eat (or drink) sugary foods, our brains release a flood of feel-good chemicals and start clamoring for more. Overeating sugar can lead to a range of health complications, including obesity and diabetes.
Handle with care: Cookies, cakes, candy, soda, “kids” breakfast cereal
Eat instead: Fruit, yogurt, sugar-free gum, whole-food fruit & nut bars