Dr. Steve Badolato: Food Addiction, Obesity Leads To Many Diseases

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ABOVE VIDEO: Humans can be addicted to certain foods, or to certain substances, both natural and artificial, that our foods contain — such as sugar, caffeine, or chemical additives.

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Food Addiction Is Characterized By Compulsive, Excessive Craving For and Consumption of Food

Food addiction, obesity and weight loss diets are not the most enjoyable discussion topics at the holiday party or at the family dinner table, but beginning to think, talk, and take action on these issues can drastically improve your quality of life and can even save it.

Are You A Food Addict?

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Food Addiction (FA) is a disorder characterized by the compulsive, excessive craving for and consumption of food.

Just as with alcohol and drug abuse, there is a wide acceptance in the medical community that people can be addicted to food in much the same way.

FA, as with any other addiction, is a loss of control.

The individual understands that their way of eating is harmful, but continues the destructive behavior. The phenomenon of food addiction is both psychological and physical.

Many questions can be asked to determine whether you may have FA:

• Do you eat when you are not hungry, for comfort when you feel low, depressed, or anxious?
• Do you eat in secret or eat differently in front of others than when you are alone?
• Are there foods that may be harmful to you, but you eat them anyway?
• Do you eat large amounts of food and then purge later with vomiting or laxatives to get rid of the excess?
• Do you feel guilty after eating? For example, a person may be suffering from depression, and eat a large amount of chocolate ice cream to feel better. This person gets an immediate high, which then gives way to a sick feeling or guilt, leading to more depression.

THERE ARE many reasons to work toward achieving a healthy weight. You’ll feel better and have more energy, lower your chances of having high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and even conditions like sleep apnea.

THERE ARE many reasons to work toward achieving a healthy weight. You’ll feel better and have more energy, lower your chances of having high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and even conditions like sleep apnea.

Food addicts come from all ages, races, and gender groups. They are linked by obsession with food. Generally they will constantly think about what to eat or how much they weigh. The entire subject of food is misery and he/she often eats without enjoyment.

The food addict’s first step, as with any addiction is realization and acceptance of the problem or challenge, whichever way you want to look at it. Initially, it starts by developing an exercise and dietary change program, which is essential in beginning your new way of life.

Cancer Associated With Obesity

Obesity can lead to many diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and even certain types of cancer.

Obesity can lead to many diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and even certain types of cancer.

Obesity can lead to many diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and even certain types of cancer.

In fact, recent research has demonstrated that obesity causes increase risk of colon, breast, pancreas, kidney, uterine, and many other types of cancer.

Upwards of 20 percent of all cancers in the U.S. are associated with obesity, rapidly narrowing in on tobacco’s 30 percent hold.

But, as fewer people smoke in the U.S., and as more of us pack on the pounds, those numbers may ultimately be reversed.

What Diet Is Right For Me?

There is no “magic bullet or pill” when it comes to dieting, and there isn’t one diet that works for every person. There are dozens, and arguably hundreds, of different diets in which you can partake.

There are common misconceptions about what types of food to eat and not to eat. What if I said eating fat loaded mixed nuts will not make you fat but having your daily sugar-filled Frappuccino with non-fat milk will pack it on.

There are common misconceptions about what types of food to eat and not to eat. What if I said eating fat loaded mixed nuts will not make you fat but having your daily sugar-filled Frappuccino with non-fat milk will pack it on.

In fact, how food affects the hormones in your body is the most important factor related to what types of food are good or bad for you. Most people believe that since fat has nine calories per gram and carbohydrates and protein only have four calories per gram, then eating a gram of fat is much more fattening.

But the hormonal effects of fat are not nearly as dramatic as the hormonal effects of carbohydrates and sugars. Fat will not stimulate insulin.

The basics of weight loss are simple; portion control, understanding food types, less calories, more activity, and a support group can be very helpful in giving guidance and encouragement.

The basics of weight loss are simple; portion control, understanding food types, less calories, more activity, and a support group can be very helpful in giving guidance and encouragement.

However, sugars and starches will trigger dramatic releases of insulin hormone, which is the most powerful fat-storing hormone in the entire body.

Generally, you should not try to lose more than 4-5 pounds per week. Losing more in a week usually means that you are losing water weight and breaking down muscle mass instead of losing fat.

Ambitious attempts to change eating patterns, crash dieting, and losing weight quickly, rarely have long-term success.

The basics of weight loss are simple; portion control, understanding food types, less calories, more activity, and a support group can be very helpful in giving guidance and encouragement. What needs to happen is a change in lifestyle and a transformation in your thinking concerning food.

Remember, always stay positive and don’t take yourself too seriously. Just think, 100 laughs per day is equal to 10 minutes on a rowing machine or about 90 calories a day, which means regularly laughing at yourself this year will lose you at least nine pounds.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Steve Badolato

Dr. Steve Badolato

A Florida native, Dr. Stephen Badolato received his medical degree from the University of South Florida School of Medicine and did his residency training at St. Vincents’ Medical Center in Jacksonville. Dr. Badolato is Board Certified and has fellowship training in sports Medicine with a specialization in non-operative musculaskeletal medicine. Formerly a team physicians at Ohio State University, he was also the medical director for the world-renowned IMG Bollettieri Sports Academy in Bradenton, Florida. You can reach Dr. Badolato at 321-253-2169.


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