Telltale Signs You Have Food Addiction

Can't refrain from eating even if it's not your cycle? Help identify with the possible reasons below.

Low in Nutrients

You may be eating foods that is low in nutrients like fast food. Well, these low-nutrient foods trigger more hunger and binging more of these will just make you want to eat even more.

Nutrient-dense foods, unlike low-nutrient foods, are essential to satisfy hunger and junk foods won’t just provide what your body needs. Consuming foods lacking in necessary nutrients consequently builds the feeling of continually seeking for food.

Hormone Production

Though further research is still needed, hormones might play a significant role in your food addiction. A study in 2015, which tested mice, found that insufficiency of hormone (GLP-1) caused the subject animals to eat excessively, especially fatty foods.

This finding matter in a way because in order for the body to synthesize hormones, certain fats from food are necessary.

Consuming only processed foods provides unhealthy fats that the body don’t recognize to break down in order to build blocks for hormones, and so it’ll make the body crave for food containing the essential fats it needs for hormone building. That is how you appear addicted to food every time.


Cortisol, the body's stress hormone, can cause persistent hunger for fat, salt and sugar when they are released in the system.

According to experts in an article issued on, you continually look for these type of foods because they are harder to find in nature.

When you appear to be stressed, you will find yourself seeking these foods to supply you with energy. However, unlike natural provisions, processed food contain unhealthy fats that the body can't convert to energy.

As mentioned before, the body will continually crave for the right amount and type of fats it needs, thus explains your seemingly endless hunger.

Negative Feelings

Food addiction seems to center its attention not on seeking positive feelings but rather on avoiding or relieving negative ones, according to the journal Physiology & Behavior.

Addiction to food is in fact a yearning for love and security as written in an article in Psychology Today. The article said that people who are having issues with eating could possibly have relationship problems since both of these factors seek to fill the void, thus explaining why you constantly want to eat.

pizza and burgers Kirsty Derry's diet spun out of control when she moved into an assisted living home. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock