The patients battle food addictions ranging from compulsive overeating to anorexia to bulimia. All are considered to be diseases.
I know I am addicted to food, and that's a hard addiction to overcome. Usually with an addiction, the "cure" is to avoid the addictive substance. For instance, with my sugar addiction I can refrain from eating sugar, but I cannot avoid or refrain from eating food.
The show was interesting, yet a bit uncomfortable to watch at times. It seemed like glimpses into my own life and symptoms... ouch! (My husband said it was like picking a scab.)
We plan to continue watching the series. I am extremely interested to learn what lies at the core of overeating for the addict patients, and how they "treat" that underlying cause. I hope to gain insights that I might apply to my own eating.
Granted, I am doing far better now than I was years ago. I am in recovery from my sugar addiction (over 9 1/2 years!). I am eating healthy foods, and striving to pay attention to hunger and fulness signals. This is my 107th day since I began My Healthy Eating Challenge, and I've had success the majority of time. BUT, I want to know what drives my desire to overeat. Why do I battle the urge to seek food for comfort?
I have a feeling that learning the core reason for desiring comfort foods will be anything but comfortable.