Strange as it sounds, it is
perfectly possible to have an addictive relationship with food -or with the
eating or not eating of food- that is very similar to the addictive relationship
other, more familiar addicts have with alcohol and drugs. The same similarities
can also be found in cases of pathological gambling, pathological spending and
It is essential to
understand that the addictive syndrome does not consist merely of excess or too
much of something. By no means is everyone who eats, drinks, gambles or spends
too much automatically or by definition suffering from an addictive disorder.
Critics of the concept of addiction are quite right to point out that such
excessive "medicalization" of all unhealthy or undesirable human
behavior is intellectually absurd and morally hazardous. But when such critics
go on to deny the very existence or validity of the syndrome of addiction itself, they
are without knowing it "throwing the baby out with the bathwater."
The addictive syndrome is a recognizable set of behaviors, attitudes
and psychological defenses that is described in more detail on the
Addiction and Recovery page.
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Eating Disorder Site
Information and links about eating disorders.
Academy for Eating
The Academy for Eating Disorders is a multidisciplinary professional
organization focusing on Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge
and Related Eating Disorders, Inc.
A nonprofit organization that provides information about anorexia
nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, compulsive exercising,
and other less well-known food and weight disorders.
The Eating Disorder Site
Food Addicts Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who are willing
to recover from the disease of food addiction.
of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
Founded in 1976, ANAD is the oldest national non-profit organization
helping eating disorder victims and their families. In addition to
its free hotline counseling, ANAD operates an international network
of support groups for sufferers and families, and offers referrals
to health care professionals.
Overeaters Anonymous is a Fellowship of individuals who, through shared
experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating.
We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively.
Anonymous Meetings in Metro Atlanta, GA.
Web site on eating disorders.