Food addiction and eating disorders are a very serious and prevalent problem today in our society, and can often be addictions that are difficult to treat. Food addiction is a pathological disorder that involves the compulsive or excessive craving for and consumption of food. While society and the medical profession have accepted, researched and understood alcoholism and drug abuse, it is only in recent years that there has been an equal emphasis on studying, understanding and treating food disorders in the same realm of addiction. A person can and does become addicted to food the same way they can become addicted to drugs or alcohol; they become dependent on the behavior. There are many signs to look for when you suspect you or someone you know may be suffering from a food addiction, such as: eating when you are not hungry or eating when you feel depressed, refusing to eat in front of others or making eating a “secretive” or shameful act, starving yourself for long periods of time and then bingeing, consuming huge amounts of food and then later purging by vomiting or using laxatives, eating foods that are harmful to you, or extreme feelings of guilt or shame after eating. Any or all of these behaviors may indicate a food addiction, or at least a very unhealthy attitude towards food. Food addiction, essentially, is a loss of control for the individual suffering; the individual continues their behaviors even though they know it is harmful. Food addiction is both a physiological and psychological issue, and at Passages Malibu we have many trained experts to help you or a loved one overcome this addiction.