dv2014045There has been a lot of talk about the growing numbers of obese Americans. Recently, a new study estimated that half of our nation’s population will be obese by 2030. For people of color, however, we are already there.

To investigate the rise of obesity in African-American community, TheGrio is pealing back the layers to find out what exactly is at the root of the issue. While it’s easy to ascribe blame to poor eating habits and a lack of physical activity, it seems like for many, the issue of obesity is much deeper than that.

In the first part of their series, the Big Issue, Mara Schiavocampo of TheGrio takes a look at African-Americans and food addiction.

Despite many of our best efforts to diet and exercise, many people lose the battle of the bulge. While some brush off their struggle as a sign of weakness, new research suggests food can be as addictive as drugs and alcohol. This finding is troubling because, unlike other forms of addiction in which the person avoids their vice, you cannot avoid food; we need it to survive.

So are food addicts doomed? No. Just like other forms of addiction there are ways to manage a dependence on food (i.e. Food Addicts Anonymous), but it’s not easy.

 But what about you Clutchettes and Gents…are you addicted to food? 

 

*Check out TheGrio for additional coverage on food addiction and how you can break the cycle.

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  • LurkerG

    I’m addicted to really ‘good’ food…which I suppose would exclude fast food. I like fresh, lean, tasty and delicious and I like to eat….when I can afford it, which lately I can’t so much. I’ll stay addicted to fresh food all the day long. But the fast food and processed stuff, I exclude.

  • Me27

    I always hated the term food addict, because it suggest that they are addicted to all foods. I think the issue is bigger than food addiction. We need to address what’s being added to the food that’s making it addictive. You never hear stores about people being addicted to vegetables or fruit, it’s always fast food, fried food, or sugary food. What’s being done to this food that’s causing our body to react differently to it?