The alcoholic can’t stop at one drink. The smoker needs to light up at a moment’s notice, hooked on nicotine. The binge eater keeps shoveling down food, well after his or her tummy is full. But is binge eating a form of addiction?

The jury seems to be out, according to an article by Melissa Healy of the Los Angeles Times. Healy shines the spotlight on Rina Silverman and Chavese Turner. These two women share their feelings about binge eating: 

http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-binge-addiction23-2009nov23,0,6081185.story

In my opinion, it would be hard to argue that binge eating is not a form of addiction. After all, you can be addicted to gambling, computer use, even exercise. Why not food? In Psychology Today, Stephen Benedict-Mason, a psychologist, writes,  “addiction depends, first and foremost, upon having an addictive personality. Such people, estimated at perhaps 10%-15% of the population, simply don’t know when to stop.”

As experts debate binge eating and addiction, it’s comforting to know there are several resources for people struggling with addiction, including several 12-step programs.

Mason’s article is at: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/look-it-way/200903/the-addictive-personality

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