Traditionally, there are three types of eating disorders most commonly recognised by the public: Anorexia, Bulimia and Compulsive Overeating. However PROMIS have identified at least five addictive processes stemming from food.
Compulsive overeating: In this case the individual is bloated and therefore becomes lethargic as a result of eating too much. The addiction is in trying to feed the lethargy.
Anorexia: Just the opposite of compulsive overeating. The starving process leaves one feeling giddy and ‘high’.
Bulimia/Purging: The addictive process here is the desire to rid oneself of food by vomiting, taking laxatives or simply indulging in excessive exercise.
Sugar and White Flour: These chemicals in food appear to have an extremely psychoactive component. Simply by eating three or four Mars bars in succession, one’s behaviour and emotions can temporarily alter creating a short-lived ‘high’. It is important to note the difference between these chemicals and so-called ‘trigger foods’. Almost anything with a calorific content is rather generically labelled as a ‘trigger food’ as an avoidance technique.
Behaviour and obsession with food: The behavioural component of the addictive process with food is without question the largest component. An individual can find his or her life being dominated by a perpetual and growing obsession within them concerning media-friendly food matters such as weight, calorific content, vitamins, gluten content and dairy produce. Despite being often irrational thoughts, they still provide enormous relief on the part of the thinker.
Some people may find themselves experiencing one or more of the symptoms mentioned above, perhaps oscillating between areas similar to the way in which someone with alcohol dependency may swing from wines to beers to spirits.