Terri’s View: When I saw the trailer for this past Monday’s show and knew I had to watch. The show was about food addiction. Prior to watching the show I always told myself that my weight problems were due to a love of food and poor choices. After watching the show, however, I have been able to admit to myself - and now the world of Dr.Oz blog readers - that I too am a food addict.
Yes, I have lost over 100 pounds but I still struggle daily with my food issues. I know I am an emotional eater - trying to keep the kids from killing each other or a tiff with my husband will send me to the cupboards. One of the guests described the effect of food as a “numbing feeling” and I have to admit that is how I can sometimes feel while devouring foods I know I will later regret. But in the moment you don’t let yourself think about that, you just keep eating while never really feeling satisfied.
Food addiction is unlike any other addiction because we need food to live. It must be in our home and we must find ways of having a reasonable relationship with food. Monday’s show confirmed for me something I think I knew all along: that I am not just a person who likes to eat and struggles with weight but a person who is an addict. A food addict.
In an effort to shed the weight and have a healthy lifestyle I have changed my life in so many ways - and come a long way in getting things under control. But, as I’ve admitted in past blogs, my weight is still up from my appearance on the show and I am still struggling to get it back down. This is, and will be, a lifelong struggle for me as it would be for any kind of addiction, whether it be alcohol or tobacco.
I don’t really believe Ed has the same issues as me. Not to diminish his struggles or how far he has come because I see his I see his weakness at social events and holidays but I don’t think he has the daily struggles that I do. He loves to eat but I don’t think he has the emotional attachment to food that I do. He doesn’t show any of the warning signs of a food addict. I can admit myself, however, that I have an addiction and one that I need to keep at bay for the rest of my life.