An addiction to food is the hardest to hide. It is literally worn around one’s body like a sign indicating that something unhealthy is going on.
Like most addictions, food addiction is usually the result of an unresolved issue, often trauma or shame. Food is turned to as a form of self-medication. A person might chose to mask the pain with eating rather than deal with the underlying root cause – the abusive parent or the childhood neglect.
With this in mind, the problem really isn’t diet or exercise. That’s just the visible tip of an emotional iceberg. To deal with food addiction one must identify what they are feeling when they are triggered to overeat. Is it anger? Shame? Lust? And what thought or event precipitated that feeling? A particular place? A certain voice?
Someone severely overweight doesn’t need a nutritionist or personal trainer. On a cognitive level, they already know what they need to do, they just can’t get there. They need a mental health professional knowledgeable on eating disorders and food addiction. If you need help, reach out. And if you know someone struggling with this addiction, keeping silent isn’t doing them any favors.