Have Power Over

By Dean L. Jones

Overt belief in the science of medicine when it comes to health is becoming the normal spirit of thinking and practice.  Generally, more folks are thinking that if they should get sick there is something that can fix it.  Which is a reason why in the matters concerning healthful eatable choices some severe insurrection is in order.

Where life or death situations matter, we are more incline to invoke spiritual thought, however, everything in-between the beginning and end seems to lean more to matters pertaining to the flesh.  Particularly, attitudes and behavioral patterns relative to eating junk foodstuff and the potential negative consequences from its consumption.

There is no recognized medical diagnosis of junk foodstuff addiction, nonetheless, addictive behavior is pushing product sales of chocolate, cookie and chip related items consistently upward.  The patterns are so bad that scientific researchers suggest certain types of foodstuff are making people so hooked on consuming it that it mimics heroin and/or cocaine addiction manners.

Added processed sugar leads the way of addictive ingredients in the foodstuff offerings.  If you have any personal doubts whether or not if you may have an addictive nature to foodstuff try taking a quick abbreviated Food Addiction Scale survey produced by Yale University to see if you are showing symptoms of foodstuff addiction.

  1. How often do you find yourself consuming certain foods even though you are no longer hungry?
  2. How often do you worry that you should cut down on eating certain foods?
  3. How often do you feel sluggish or fatigued from overeating?
  4. How often do negative feelings about overeating interfere with important activities, such as work, recreation or spending time with family and friends?
  5. How often do you experience physical withdrawal symptoms like agitation and anxiety when you cut back on certain foods (excluding coffee, tea, cola and other caffeinated beverages and foods)?
  6. Do you sometimes keep consuming the same types or amounts of food despite significant eating-related emotional or physical problems?
  7. Have you found that eating the same amount of food no longer reduces negative emotions or increases feelings of pleasure the way it used to?

To any of these questions if you answered multiple times a week or more and/or yes, then you may have a serious problem with addictive foodstuff consumption.  Even if the foodstuff items are seemingly very common, such as pizza, cookies, chocolate, chips or ice cream, there still may be a problem that can come around to cause a risk to good health.

Ironically, we have proven to the ability to hold on to assets, keep a job, obtain fine things, and whenever needed retain good professional services, but making poor eating choices is something too many of us fall short of demonstrating the ability to have no power over.  Hence, strive to live SugarAlert!

Dean Jones is an Ethics Advocate, Southland Partnership Corporation (a public benefit organization), contributing his view on certain aspects of foodstuff.