A while back a guy was standing in a queue at McDonald's waiting to order. When his turn came, he order about 10 hamburgers and a BigMac menu with some drinks to go with it. That was alright and nobody took any notice of him. A little later, another guy walked in and he was about 2 meters tall and obviously overweight. Everyone turned to look and see what he was going to order. When he ordered 2 BigMac menu, drinks, extra fries and mayonnaise everyone thought, no wonder he is so obese.

Food addiction is not always about being hungry. There are people who eat and there are those who love to eat. They not only get their fill but derive pleasure from eating. The pleasure is so intense that it could be compared to the high people on drugs feel. Those who are addicted to food eat in search of that high. They feel they have to eat more and more to reach the next level. Some have said that food addiction is hereditary. Is that really so? Not everyone who is obese is addicted to food. Some are depressed and find solace in eating. Others are too lazy to eat a balanced diet, hence, they end up with extra weight. Fast food companies also add chemicals in food to make them addictive. These chemicals cause eaters to crave for more. They can also become depressed when they can't get their fix.

Food addiction and family

If food addiction is hereditary, you will expect to see everyone in the same family with the same problem. At times, there is no one in the immediate family with food addiction. How do you then explain why one member of the family is afflicted? Others have put forward the hypothesis that you can become addicted to food if your mother feeds you a lot when you were a child. That is also not the case. In some families, the members are big eaters but are not addicted to food. Food addiction is not synonymous with obesity. That being said, a lot of those who are addicted to food are also obese or overweight. Food addiction is a complex issue that is caused by multiple chemical imbalances in the body. This triggers the craving for food at an uncontrollable rate.

Depression and food

There are those who put on weight and then lose it after a few weeks or months. This is a strange phenomenon about how humans react to stressful situations. There are those who cannot eat when they feel depressed. There are others who will not stop eating when they are stress or depressed. Unlike food addiction, depression and over eating is relieved once the person feels at ease again. The person will return to the usual eating pattern. No one can really explain why some people over eat when they are depressed and why others eat less. All we know is that it is one of the ways in which people deal with stress and depression.

We might never fully understand why some people are addicted to food and why others are not. This really highlights how complex the human mind is. The more we learn the less we understand. Eating is part of what sustains us and keep us alive. It is like everything in the world, excess is bad and balance is the key to staying alive.