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Food Addiction to be Added to List of Eating Disorders


An addiction to food is not yet officially viewed as an eating disorder, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), the American Psychiatric Association's guide of accepted psychological diagnoses. However, that is about to change a petition to include food addiction has been requested and should appear in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 2013 edition.

Food Addictions are not a Weakness

For years, some doctors and psychologists have argued that food addictions are nothing more than a weakness or bad judgment on the individual’s part. This is just not the case. In fact, many doctors do recognize food additions as an eating disorder and treat it as such.

Timberline Knolls Statement

"Most people have difficulty seeing the impact of an unhealthy relationship with food, eating, exercise, or their bodies fully on their own. If not identified or treated during the early stages, eating disorders can become chronic, debilitating and even life-threatening. Professional help can lead to a greater sense of peace and manageability, and can save your life," added Dr. Dennis.