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Monday, September 28, 2020  

ASK VICKI - To Nursing Star ReadersPublished 10/27/2010

We NEED food to live! We do not need alcohol, heroin or porn. Food addicts struggle differently because their “drug” is in abundance; we celebrate with it, mourn with it and plan events around it. We are all about food.
While watching TV we are not bombarded with heroin commercials but we do get entertained by the Pillsbury Dough Boy, the M & M characters and the pizza guys.
Recovery from food addiction is a slow process as it is with any addiction but getting away from this drug is much harder. “Drug dealers” are literally on every corner. The management of emotions can be life or death. There comes a time when our body just can’t take it any more. One more double cheese burger could mean the difference between oral diabetic medication and insulin.
I recently had a client share a most interesting story with me. I promise, this is true (only her name has been changed).
Karen, a 300 pound single mom had resisted changing her eating habits due to the belief that “I really don’t eat the much” and “I don’t have any trouble finding boyfriends.” Her health was worsening and she was out of breath just walking in my office. She called to tell me she had gone shopping at her “fat lady store” and they were giving coupons if you spent $50.00, which she did. I could tell she was eating while talking to me on the phone. With some fear I asked what the coupon was for and she replied, “A FREE PIE!!!”

Vicki L Mayfield, M.Ed., R.N., LMFT
Marriage and Family Therapy
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