This is Part 3 of a collection of posts used to help write my book How to Raise a Mindful Eater
“These cookies are so addicting! I could never keep them in my house.”
That’s what the woman at the party said to me as she reached for another helping of double chocolate chip cookies. When it comes to children, parents are acutely aware of the food addiction phenomenon too. I often get emails from parents worried that their child is addicted to sugar.
As we focus on moderation, we have to hit on the subject of food addiction. That’s because this message has become increasingly prevalent in the press and in popular diet books and blogs. And it comes down to this: if you believe it’s not possible for people to eat certain foods in moderation, it won’t be possible.
Today, we are going to take a deeper look at the food addiction theory, so you and your family can avoid the unintended consequences of this overly simplistic (and fearful) view of eating. (more…)