Is Chocolate Addiction Real? | Addictions


So the thought of having a chocolate addiction
I’m sure is appealing to many of you. All of us love chocolate, right? I mean it tastes great. It makes us feel good. But the question becomes, can we develop an
addiction to chocolate? The answer is yes. A chocolate addiction falls into the category
of an eating disorder. So people become addicted to a certain part
of the food. In this case, say, the sugar aspect of the
chocolate. And they find that they’re consuming more
than they would like. They’re thinking about the chocolate all the
time and it’s having a negative impact on their health physically, their emotional life. That they can get these incredible guilt and
shame after they binge on chocolate. And it’s affecting their relationships with
people. They could be lying about the amount of chocolate
that they’re eating. They could be hiding their chocolate use. I had a patient once who would keep a bag
of chocolates. Always, would never be without a bag of ah,
chocolate candy in her handbag and she would hide it from other people. She wouldn’t let anyone else know that she
had this bag of chocolate in her purse. When she didn’t have this, she had incredible
anxiety around it. And she was always consumed, she was always
thinking about chocolate in her life. So again it’s this obsessive thought about
chocolate. It’s this incapacity to stop once you start. And it’s feeling guilty and shameful about
the amount of chocolate that you’ve eaten.

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