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Conquer Your Food Addiction
More than just a matter of will power
Many kids ask how they can muster up the will power to take action in losing weight. When it comes to kicking an overeating habit, however, using will power may not be enough. Some kids develop a very STRONG attraction to certain kinds of foods. You may have heard or know someone who is addicted to smoking or alcohol. Some people show similar weaknesses for certain foods. Examples of common problem foods include:
Among scientists, addiction is defined when three or more of the following characteristics show up in a person. An example of how food addiction relates to each characteristic is given in the list below. Can you relate to any of these problems?
Further evidence that food addiction is similar to drug and alcohol addictions can be found in medical images, called MRIs. These MRIs show that brains of overweight and obese people display a pattern that is more similar to people with drug addictions than someone with no addictions.
Now you know that kicking an overeating habit may require not only will power, but also dealing with a possible food addiction. Conquering food addiction habits requires recognizing that you have one in the first place. Then you can prepare to deal with the withdrawal symptoms in a manner that will give you the best chance for success. If you can relate to being a food addict, then review these two steps when you are ready to lose weight.
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